COB MADRID

COB MADRID

Coworking Building in Madrid
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Madrid  is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be 6.043 million. It is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin.

Under an economic point of view, Madrid is the fourth wealthiest city of Europe after London, Paris and Moscow. It is Spain’s financial and business center. Actually the 31.8% of the 5000 most important Spanish companies have their headquarters in Madrid and produce the 50.1% of the income. 

With the revolution of the new technologies, companies and/or professionals demand new solutions for their workspaces. The traditional office concept is becoming obsolete and new models of more flexible, dynamic, open and wireless spaces are taking over. A good design of workspaces will have a positive impact in workers performance and motivation.

Companies and professional needs have changed within the last years. With the new digital storage systems large amounts of space is released, offering the possibility  to incorporate to workspaces new areas that improve the working experience, relax and recreation areas. The extended stay in work centers, working hours flexibility or even networking with different time zones have led to the uninterrupted opening of work centers. This raises a myriad of new requirements that need a solution (cafeterias, restaurants, open air spaces, gyms, nurseries…).

The evolution of these spaces, Coworking spaces, goes in line with technology development and an efficient use of working spaces, with workers health and wellness and  with the different ways the individuals interact. Due to the current competitiveness of today’s labor market, it is very important to promote team working and agile and efficient communications. These new working spaces must be dynamic and, therefore, adaptable to the changing business needs.

For all this we want to propose you to get  into this contemporary issue and have fun…designing the 21st Century work spaces.

The purpose of this competition for students of architecture is to provide ideas for creating a coworking Building (COB), in the city of Madrid, Spain, focusing on collaborative approaches, flexibility, connectivity, accessibility, sustainability and energy efficiency.

As a result of the application of new technologies significant changes have been produced in work spaces. Long distances between residence and work centers usually cause a prolonged stay in the workplace, above the strict working hours.

This competition pretends an architectural reflection on how to solve these problems through the creation of a new workplace model, where it becomes important to consider new possibilities of relations between different companies and / or professionals and where the flexible hours and extent of working hours introduced new conditions in its design.

The coworking Building (COB) proposed must provide an adequate solution to the planned use program, solving the problems of its location and creating a model of workplace that can offer workers and professional optimal conditions for the development of personal and professional life.

To design the coworking Building (COB) it must be taken into account the new connectivity models to promote synergies between different companies and / or professionals, paying particular attention to energy efficiency criteria and environmental issues.

The following prizes will be awarded to proposals that best meet the purpose of the competition;

1st  Prize:

2.500 euros + Publication in Arquitectura Viva + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell  + 1 year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + 1 year free subscription to  WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + 5 year free subscription for each team member to arquideas network.

The winner or person that represents the winner team will take part of the Jury in the next academic competition.

2nd  Prize:

1.200 euros + Publication in Arquitectura Viva + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell  + 1 year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + 1 year free subscription to  WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + 5 year free subscription for each team member to arquideas network.

3rd  Prize:

600 euros + Publication in Arquitectura Viva + Publication in WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell  + 1 year free subscription to Arquitectura Viva + 1 year free subscription to  WA Wettbewerbe Aktuell + 5 year free subscription for each team member to arquideas network.

Honorable mentions will be awarded to the most interesting proposals in terms of architectural quality, and which have not received any of the first three prizes.

arquideas Special Prize:

The arquideas special prize will be given, awarded with 400 euros, to the proposal with more votes from arquideas users, among honourable mentions and the finalist projects.

The registration period falls between October 1st and December 16, 2011.

Special Registration: (from October 1 to October 15, 2011)
60 euros

Early registration: (from October 16 to November 2, 2011)
75 euros

Registration: (from November 16 to December 16, 2011)
100 euros

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Competition's jury

Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design (Jury Advisor)
Associate professor at ETSA Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Project professor at UEM
Winner of TAP Santorini academic competition

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