HEADQUARTERS FOR TAGUS GAS
This new headquarters for Tagus Gás in Cartaxo, fifty miles from the Portuguese capital, is the country’s first office building to receive BREEAM certification. Designed by international practice Saraiva & Associados in partnership with consultants Ecochoice, the structure features an array of sustainability measures aimed at reducing its environmental impact and optimizing its energy efficiency.
The envelope is a core element of this sustainability strategy, which covers the building’s entire life cycle—from manufacturing and construction to utilization and postoccupancy. The façade system features extensive high-performance glazing veiled by a perforated skin made of sustainably produced and recyclable Swisspearl panels. Dotted by countless circular holes, the cladding helps minimize energy consumption by letting plenty of natural light penetrate the building. At the same time, it screens a number of manually operable windows, which allow the interiors to be naturally ventilated, improving air quality and comfort levels while significantly reducing expenditures for air-conditioning units. Beyond its practical benefits, the punctured cladding serves a major aesthetic purpose. Inconspicuous during the day, the myriad perforations create a striking display when the interior is fully lit, conferring a glowing, almost dematerializing effect to the façades. Moreover, the perforation pattern incorporates the company logo, thus advertising the brand to the nearby A1 highway, which connects Lisbon and Porto, the country’s most populous cities.
Tagus Gás Head Office
DECORATING WITH A LOGO,
OR BIRD SILHOUETTE
Parque de Negócios do Cartaxo, Portugal
2012 – 2014
Tagus Gás, Cartaxo, Portugal
Saraiva & Associados, Lisbon (Miguel Saraiva, Lara Gomes, Bruno Pereira), Portugal
Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Lena Construções, SA, Santa Catarina da Serra, Leiria
Sotecnisol, Revestimentos, Lisbon, Portugal
SWISSPEARL CARAT Onyx 7099
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