Frain headquarters

Frain headquarters

Architect
NAN Arquitectos
Location
Lugo, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Iván Casal Nieto

Frain headquarters

NAN Arquitectos as Architects

Due to the expansion of this company, our services are required to project offices within an industrial warehouse that is under construction.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

The building has two floors and the program is quite varied. On the one hand, the ground floor houses entrance spaces with reception of workers, an office space for users of the warehouse's merchandise area and changing rooms with showers.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

On the other hand, on the second floor, we find the office space. Filtered by a waiting / reception room that redirects us to different spaces that make up the distribution; Executive offices, CEO's office, “open office”, Office, meeting rooms….

The warehouse is built with precast concrete pieces and a glass curtain wall on the main façade.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

Our idea was not to disassociate ourselves from this construction system and to dialogue with the existing elements.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

When working with these existing elements, we opted to work with neutral tones and with tones similar to the gray of concrete, to generate homogeneity within the space. We achieve this by combining "islands" of exposed slab with their respective facilities. Confronting them with sober white plasterboard volumes that create an interesting contrast.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

Spatially, through the furniture, glass, false ceilings and exposed slabs, a series of blocks are generated that subtly delimit the functions to which each surface is intended.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

As it is a company that sells car parts, a small nod is made to this sector. By introducing industrial materials that provide identity to the offices, in this way, metallic cladding such as corrugated panels and deploye panels are sought to refer to the aesthetics of the automobile workshop. These panels help us in a significant way to generate lighting effects thanks to their reflections and transparencies.

photo_credit Iván Casal Nieto
Iván Casal Nieto

In this way we create an entrance tunnel lined with deploye panels illuminated in a rhythmic way to generate a sensation of movement. We use this same effect on the second floor in the corridors to generate dynamism in the transition areas.

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