SGAE Central Office by Ensamble Studio
Ensamble Studio, a Madrid based architecture firm, is solidifying their place within architectural history by creating solid, monumental, and almost alien buildings that truly create a new paradigm in architecture with each building. For instance, the still under construction SGAE (the Spanish equivalent of the RIAA, blah) Central Office is unlike any building ever constructed outside of Stonehenge. It’s main focus is obviously the massive, undulating stone wall traveling the length of the site. This wall appears to buckle and bow under its own weight, but it’s solid enough to support the comparatively light steel frame which comprises the rest of the building. I think rather than writing too much about this building, I suggest you read the multi-page treatise on the building which does an adequate job explaining. I will leave you with a plea that you visit this site. It’s not the easiest to navigate, but look at some of the other amazing projects done by Ensamble such as the gravity defying Martemar House. You will not be disappointed.