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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Ombú

Warehouse green

Originally built in 1905 by architect Luis de Landecho, designer of Madrid’s Ritz Hotel. The brick-built warehouse is the only surviving relic of the former Industrial Gasification Society, once supplying energy to its surrounding areas. Ombú transforms industrial wasteland into new city garden.


🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2022

  • 10,000 sq. m. new office space

  • Adaptive reuse – retrofit of historic industrial building

👷🏾‍♀️Developer & Contractor

✍️Architect & Designers


  • Capitalises on existing load-bearing structure that supports pitched steel trusses: historic building envelope retained to conserve 10,000+ tonnes of original brick

  • Lightweight structure inserted inside the space made from sustainably sourced chestnut wood from local forests + allows for spatial flexibility

  • Timber structure saves 1,600+ tonnes of CO2 and is recyclable and demountable

  • Glazing incorporates photovoltaic technologies that generate electricity

  • Operational energy = 35% less than comparable building

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Central skylight floods interior with natural light

  • Unifies private + public land with green landscaping that extends to adjoining Méndez Álvaro station

  • New courtyard allows staff to comfortably work outdoors: connecting to a 12,400 sq m park with 350 trees + areas for informal meetings sheltered by green canopy

🎈Bonus feature

Ombú has a quality of construction rarely seen in the UK. To understand why, Architect Ortiz Zaforas mentions how the building’s owner was also contractor, energy provider and structural engineer. This, he says, cut out the middleman and ‘most’ of the arguments typically witnessed between client and contractor.

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