Basque Health Department Headquarters by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos


The new Basque Health Department Headquarters created by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos is located in Bilbao, Spain, at the crossroad of two important streets.

The double facade solved not only urban requirements but also those concerning energetic, fire-resistant and acoustic insulation from outside. The construction techniques, the operation of the building, the energy exchange, the city and also the very fact, the desire to be… take part in the system definition, but never the elevation or the composition.

The folded fašade generates multiple visual from inside to the streets bellow, and also from the highest floors to the landscape that surrounds the city.









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4 thoughts on “Basque Health Department Headquarters by Coll-Barreu Arquitectos

  1. Is it not a slightly meretricious attempt at iconic stature? does Bilbao now believe every building must be a new Guggenheim?

  2. In my view, the facade looks like an ice sculpture, and when I put a Health Department HQ together with the notion of ice, it reminds me of that good old remedy to all bumps and bruises – ice! Im not sure if that was their intention, but it brings about that kind of connection and recognition.
    On the other hand though, I find this building quite dominating. It absolutely triumphs that corner, and shows it who its daddy is. So when it comes to integrating architecture with the land and street scape, it’s a bit over the top, I mean, its not in honour of a diety, its business.
    Nevertheless, amazing facade, and well reflected through the sample shot of the roof panels. Would have been interesting to see what the plan of the building looked like to see how further they developed the facade’s theme. I love the play of light also. Impressive.

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