Sculptural light wells
Designing for an environment beneath the Spanish sun has its pros and cons. Control of the incidental sunlight is important to prevent excessive light contrasts. Northern light and indirect light are therefore essential, and in Puerto Venecia this was realised through sculptural light wells and corrugated glass façade surfaces on the north side. For these elements, the choice of window and door frames was clearly very important so as to guarantee the open feel of the interior.
For this reason, Reynaers CW 50 profiles were used for the large façade surfaces of the different curtain walls, such as the striking undulating roof of the main gallery in the northern flank of the complex. This visuallyprominent architectural structure naturally required a solution that would minimise aesthetic disruption of the underlying glass surface where the supporting columns coincide with the frames and where the automatically opening windows were to be located. The narrow CW 50 profiles and the large window dimensions work together to create the illusion from the inside that the roof is floating above the clouds drifting by outside. From the outside this building defines the Puerto Venecia skyline and attains a scale that makes it part of the landscape. The slender lines of the frames disappear completely in the reflected sky, partly because the façade is slightly tilted. These aspects reinforce the sculptural quality of this façade.