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Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

BBK Bank Headquarters in Bilbao, Spain, by Zaha Hadid Architects is under construction. This 25,000 square meter tower represents the future headquarters for a socially-conscious savings bank and it will be sited at the south-eastern end point of Zorrotzaurre peninsula, facing central Bilbao, offering wide views onto the river and the famous Guggenheim Museum. At Zaha Hadid Architects, they consider this project eventual continuation of what they have started while ago with their master plan for Zorrotzaurre.

The tower will contain office support spaces – shared meeting rooms and seminar rooms, amenities, charitable activities space and an auditorium, in addition to their own office facilities. As the site called for strong architectural statement, the proposal set out very sculptural form derived from two star-shaped plans rotated 45 degrees from each other, at the top and the bottom of the tower. The outcome of their merger is the profile that changes as the view angle changes.

The very visible structural exo-skeleton serves both as primary structure and the sub-structure for the curtain wall. Together with structural core it acts as the only structure needed – interior columns are completely eliminated.

The tower base merges with the petal like podium, while houses entrance lobbies, a high street bank branch, a gym and the charitable activities spaces. It has been avoided for the base of the tower to represent the typical massive base on top of which the tower stands, because it would cause a separation of the high-rise from the urban activities happening on the ground level.

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bilbao, Spain, Zorrotzaurre, Zaha Hadid, tower, BBK Bank, headquarters, Guggenheim Museum

 

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