BBVA’s new corporate headquarters in Madrid are a real architectural and sustainability landmark. The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron drew their inspiration from the towns and cities of the past, built for people and their communities. Ciudad BBVA – almost a town of its own in the northern suburbs of Madrid, as the name suggests – gravitates around a large plaza presided by a round-shaped 19 story high rise called La Vela. Seven smaller buildings are built around the plaza and connected by an overhead walkway running along the perimeter. Gardens, patios, canals and cobble stone streets complete the Mediterranean atmosphere of this “town”.

Ciudad BBVA was built following state-of-the-art sustainability criteria, fulfilling even the most demanding international standards for sustainable constructions. In this context, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron asked Poltrona Frau Custom Interiors to provide 420 Pitagora seats for the auditorium. An imposing, modern construction, dominated by the light shades of grey of the walls and floor carpet, and the white leather of the seats. Pitagora armchair, designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, has a distinctive and rigorous design. Specifically conceived for theatres and auditoriums, it can be installed in a straight line or in curved rows, as in this case. Its contemporary style fits perfectly with the suspended ambience of the location, where the colourless atmosphere gives even more power to the strong personality of this interior design project. For BBVA the Pitagora armchair has been customized with a translation system, it is hidden by a leather-covered flap.

Madrid, Spain

Designed by
Herzog & De Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron is an international architectural practice based in Basel, Switzerland. Since our founding in 1978, we have built a wide range of skills and experience that help us to customize solutions for every project. Approximately 600 highly engaged individuals from 50 countries are all eager to explore how architecture can meet the needs of our rapidly and radically changing world.

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