MediaTic Barcelona: 2011 World Building of the Year

Posted on 25 November 2011 in Art & Architecture, Barcelona, always!

MediaTic at 22@ district

MediaTic at 22@ district

Only a few weeks ago it received the 2011 World Building of the Year Award at the World Arquitecture Festival Awards.

It combines an innovative and sustainable design. One of its more practical if curious features are the inflatable cushions on the facade. These control the light and temperature and make it possible to save on heating and air conditioning, because they inflate and deflate with the light and heat from the sun, preserving the heat and allowing the air conditioning to be switched off.

Interior MediaTic building

Interior MediaTic building

The way it works is simple but highly complex: the Teflon membranes inflate with compressed air to contain the heat when the light metres in the membrane detect a certain temperature. The system is controlled by 104 computers.

In fact, it is estimated the MediaTIC‘s design cuts carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 114 tonnes a year. “The MediaTIC is a very efficient building. It is a grade A building that cuts carbon dioxide emissions entering the atmosphere by 92%“, says Enric Ruiz-Geli, the architect from the Cloud-9 studio that designed the building, which is located in the 22@ district.

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