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  • Idom in the UN. Doing business by doing good

    The week commencing on the 28th of November, the ICEX (Spanish Export and Investment Chamber) celebrated the “United Nations Week” in its Madrid HQ, under the motto “Doing business by doing good”.
    For four days, different business opportunities and proposals were discussed from UN agencies arriving from Copenhagen, Rome, Geneva, Budapest, Vienna and New York.

    Published 16 01 2017
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    The week commencing on the 28th of November, the ICEX (Spanish Export and Investment Chamber) celebrated the “United Nations Week” in its Madrid HQ, under the motto “Doing business by doing good”.
    For four days, different business opportunities and proposals were discussed from UN agencies arriving from Copenhagen, Rome, Geneva, Budapest, Vienna and New York.
    The variety of proposals from the different agencies attracted over 80 Spanish firms with possible interests in the goods and services those agencies demanded, with both Heads of Purchasing and Technical Directors present.
    The UN has a yearly purchasing budget of USD 17,600M, of which Spain obtained only 64M in the last period. Spain is in the top ten of donating countries but the return on investment is 0.36% of contracts awarded.
    IDOM is one of those few firms who supply the UN, since 2010. Because of our well established experience with the UN, ICEX wanted to count on IDOM to lead the conferences focused on Geneva and Budapest.
    Taking the above into account, the Spanish Government is designing a 5 year plan to support the Spanish firms with their UN contracts, lead by ICEX and with the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs onboard.

    Published 16 01 2017
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    In the top 50 architectural firms

    The English publication Building Design (BD) presented, for another year, its famous WA100 survey, which includes the 100 largest architectural firms in the world, analyzing in detail their size, presence in different sectors, areas, etc.

    Published 12 01 2017
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    The English publication Building Design (BD) presented, for another year, its famous WA100 survey, which includes the 100 largest architectural firms in the world, analyzing in detail their size, presence in different sectors, areas, etc.
    This document is indispensable if you want to know who is who in the world of architecture and how the big firms are evolving.
    IDOM, as it has been happening for years, continues to climb positions in the rankings. On this occasion we have gone from number 47 to number 46. Yet again, we are the only Spanish company on the list.

    Published 12 01 2017
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    The new vertical district in Delhi

    Imagine that you live in a city of 25 million inhabitants, but in your area – residential and commercial – there are practically no cars and you can go to the office by bicycle or on foot, and the nearest metro station is just minutes away, connecting you with the rest of the metropolis.
    Best practices in Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and the most advanced concepts of sustainable and intelligent cities (Smart City) are the ideal of life on which the new East Delhi Hub district has been designed.

    Published 27 12 2016
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    Imagine that you live in a city of 25 million inhabitants, but in your area – residential and commercial – there are practically no cars and you can go to the office by bicycle or on foot, and the nearest metro station is just minutes away, connecting you with the rest of the metropolis.
    Best practices in Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and the most advanced concepts of sustainable and intelligent cities (Smart City) are the ideal of life on which the new East Delhi Hub district has been designed.
    This ideal has every possibility of becoming reality as it is being promoted by two very powerful entities in India: the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) and the Delhi Urban Development Authority (DDA).
    The project has been developed on 30 hectares of land in Karkardooma (New Delhi) and a key design strategy has been the search for a vertical solution that includes iconic towers that, as mentioned, incorporate TOD best practices.
    The international competition for this ambitious project was convened in July 2015 and in December the NBCC awarded the winning proposal entitled “Organic Density”, from the consortium formed by CP Kukreja Architects (Delhi) and IDOM.
    Currently, our firm is working on the conceptual design of the proposal and expects the basic design and bidding documents to be finalized by mid-2017, prior to the implementation phase with is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

    Published 27 12 2016
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    The Salburua Civic Centre rises to victory in the WAF Awards

    Last Wednesday 16th of November, the organisers of the World Architecture Festival made the results of the 2016 WAF Awards public. After deliberating, the jury announced its decision. The Salburua Civic Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz, designed and directed by IDOM, rose to victory in the Civic and Community – Completed Buildings category. In doing so, IDOM was one of the winners for the second year running, after winning first prize in the 2015 Sport Completed Building with the San Mames Stadium.

    Published 22 11 2016
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    The World Architecture Festival, which was held in the Berlin Arena this year between November 16th and 18th, is the biggest international architectural event in the world. Gonzalo Carro, head architect of the team of IDOM professionals who designed the project and managed the building works of the Salburua Civic Centre, travelled to Berlin where he presented the project live, winning the public and jury over.
    In the 2016 edition, the awards received a total of 785 proposals.
    This year, the Salburua Civic Centre has had other acknowledgements too. It was finalist in the WAN Awards (World Architecture News), under the Civic Buildings category.

    Published 22 11 2016
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    Among the leading experts on railways

    The Watford Group is an international association of professionals involved in the design of stations and other elements linked with the sphere of trains, as well as with their impact on the environment.
    Every year, around 80 experts from 20 different countries are brought together by this group in a city of interesting recent urban development.

    Published 18 11 2016
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    The Watford Group is an international association of professionals involved in the design of stations and other elements linked with the sphere of trains, as well as with their impact on the environment.
    Every year, around 80 experts from 20 different countries are brought together by this group in a city of interesting recent urban development. In 2016, the Watford Conference took place between the 12th and the 16th of October and was held between the neighbouring cities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden) which, connected by the Oresund Bridge, are just 8 km apart.
    The driving theme of the conference, Transport systems and their consistency in larger urban areas, intended to start a debate on architectural solutions for these transport systems, paying special attention to the urban landscape, the space, the shape and the urban adaptation to the different cultural situations.
    Our colleague Borja Arostegui’s presentation entitled “Urban transport in historical city centres. Experiences in Istanbul and Guatemala City” dealt with the introduction of different railway systems in two very different cities through two projects recently carried out by IDOM.

    Published 18 11 2016
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    Developing the scheme design for several hospitals

    For the renewal of public infrastructure, Mexico is using a dynamic and flexible formula that consist of creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) for which companies can submit unsolicited proposals (Propuestas No Solicitadas – PNS).

    Published 8 11 2016
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    For the renewal of public infrastructure, Mexico is using a dynamic and flexible formula that consist of creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) for which companies can submit unsolicited proposals (Propuestas No Solicitadas – PNS).
    During 2016 and 2017, at least 7 hospitals will be tenders for under this public-private formula. These are restricted competitions in which certain private consortia that meet the legal requirements are invited to participate.
    This type of bidding is an opportunity for IDOM in Mexico, as our firm can develop the architectural scheme design of the proposal on behalf of any of the consortia. This is the case of the Hospital of Merida belonging to the Social Security Institute for State Workers (ISSSTE).
    The company Marhnos has contracted IDOM to develop the Scheme Design for the first tender of the ISSSTE, a 12,500 m2 hospital with 66 beds located in Merida in the State of Yucatan. Although the proposal did not win, the evaluation of the selection committee was very positive who highlighted it as one of the best.

    Published 8 11 2016
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    Talking about Industrial Heritage in Guatemala

    Since 2008, the Industrial Heritage researchers’ guild, through ARQUINDUGUA (Industrial Archaeologists of Guatemala), organises a conference on industrial heritage that has as one of its main goals that of contributing to the knowledge of that part of the history of Guatemala and the region. It also promotes the spreading and the study of the cultural remains of industrial heritage that on their own and within their context form part of every country’s heritage.

    Published 26 10 2016
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    Since 2008, the Industrial Heritage researchers’ guild, through ARQUINDUGUA (Industrial Archaeologists of Guatemala), organises a conference on industrial heritage that has as one of its main goals that of contributing to the knowledge of that part of the history of Guatemala and the region. It also promotes the spreading and the study of the cultural remains of industrial heritage that on their own and within their context form part of every country’s heritage.
    The VI Conference, held in the Railway Museum in Guatemala City between the 5th and the 7th of October, included talks by professionals from different countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. The presentation by our colleague Borja – The recovery and appreciation of the railway industrial heritage in Europe – was rounded off by considering the opportunity that Guatemala City has of acting upon the valuable industrial heritage, along with the future projects of Metro Riel (which IDOM is presently developing) and the State Administrative Centre (CAE). The talk generated great debate for it is a topic of general interest for the city’s population.

    Published 26 10 2016
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    We took part in the 7th Live, Active and Healthy Architecture Congress in Chile

    On September the 6th, 7th and 8th, the seventh edition of the Infraestructura Hospitalaria Congress took place under the title Live, active and healthy architecture.
    Focused on the new ways of designing healthcare buildings, the main themes of the conference were: energy efficiency, technology, equipment, architecture for the patient, the Green hospital, active architecture, sustainability, multipurpose areas and the design of hospital centres of varying scales, contexts and resources.

    Published 7 10 2016
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    A total of 37 international experts in the field of hospitals analysed the field’s state of affairs, presented examples and proposals, etc. Rui Maia, as Idom’s representative, was one of them. With the title “Hospital architecture in Europe. New challenges” he presented the Case Study of the hospital of Amarante to exemplify that “with limited financial resources, aspects related to the construction, regulations and programme can be exceeded, managing to incorporate a cultural and symbolic component to the design of a hospital, making the latter part of the city and the people’s lives”, as stated by Rui.

    Published 7 10 2016
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    We participate in Open House Madrid

    Come to see our Headquarters this Saturday, 1st of October, from 17.00 pm to 20.00 pm. In addition to a thorough tour through our Headquarters where we will explain the systems that have placed the building between the most important examples of efficiency energy and sustainability in Spain, will show videos of our most interesting […]

    Published 29 09 2016
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    Come to see our Headquarters this Saturday, 1st of October, from 17.00 pm to 20.00 pm.
    In addition to a thorough tour through our Headquarters where we will explain the systems that have placed the building between the most important examples of efficiency energy and sustainability in Spain, will show videos of our most interesting projects.
    More info: http://www.openhousemadrid.org

    Published 29 09 2016
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    Shortlisted WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016

    The WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016 recognises and celebrates the finest in public sector architecture. With a variety of high calibre entries from across the globe, this year’s competition did not disappoint. Heading steadily into its eighth year, the WAN Civic Buildings Award not only rewards firms for their architectural and sustainability credentials, but also how projects engage with their local area and integrate within the community. A longlist of 28 projects were assessed by a panel of experts.

    Published 24 08 2016
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    The WAN Civic Buildings Award 2016 recognises and celebrates the finest in public sector architecture. With a variety of high calibre entries from across the globe, this year’s competition did not disappoint. Heading steadily into its eighth year, the WAN Civic Buildings Award not only rewards firms for their architectural and sustainability credentials, but also how projects engage with their local area and integrate within the community. A longlist of 28 projects were assessed by a panel of experts.

    The judges used their experience within the sector and considered a number of factors including originality, innovation, form, function sustainability and context to reach their shortlist. This year’s esteemed judging panel included: Elad Eisenstein, Director Urban Design of Mecanoo architecten,Nicholas Garrison, Partner of FXFOWLE, Patricia Ann Lady Hopkins, Co-founding Partner of Hopkins, Tim Sahuri, Principal of SAHURI + partners architecture inc, Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and David Naessens, Co-director of Carr Cotter Naessens Architects. The jury were all impressed with the high calibre of entries and after much deliberation, chose the shortlisted six projects. One of them is our Salburua Civic Centre in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

    Published 24 08 2016
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    Europa Conference & Exhibition Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

    On May 4 Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran, inaugurated the recently finished works of enlargement and energy rehabilitation of the Conference and Exhibition Centre Europe of Vitoria-Gasteiz. After 4 years of works and various stages of execution, it will finally be able to use at full capacity several multipurpose rooms, as well as the new conference hall accommodating up to 800 attendees, which becomes the flagship of the Palace. The renovation and expansion of the building will allow a maximum simultaneous capacity of 5000 delegates.

    Published 26 07 2016
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    On May 4 Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu and the Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Gorka Urtaran, inaugurated the recently finished works of enlargement and energy rehabilitation of the Conference and Exhibition Centre Europe of Vitoria-Gasteiz. After 4 years of works and various stages of execution, it will finally be able to use at full capacity several multipurpose rooms, as well as the new conference hall accommodating up to 800 attendees, which becomes the flagship of the Palace. The renovation and expansion of the building will allow a maximum simultaneous capacity of 5000 delegates.

    The facility was opened in 1989 as a Civic Centre and Congress Palace, providing the City with a multi-purpose space, for congresses, sports and social character. With the course of the years, openings of other civic centres in the city up to a total of 13 facilities ( Vínculo CC Salburua) stripped the building from sport and cultural uses, with only Congress use surviving. The City Hall faced the reform in an ambitious and innovative way, betting on the building to become both a benchmark in the field of conference buildings, and in the design of sustainable energy facilities.

    For this, the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Hall has counted during these years with the help of IDOM, not only for the new restructuring of uses, but also to achieve the objectives and environmental certificates, making Europa Conference & Exhibition centre a leader in sustainability among the Congressional buildings in the country. The new Europa Palace not only aims to obtain LEED Gold certification and the certification of passive building by the Passivhaus Institut (both in process), but also to reduce the energy consumption of electricity and gas by 30% and 80%, respectively, and an ‘A’ energy rating.

    IDOM has performed several works related to the building during these years, developing several of the Schematic and Execution projects, as well as the Site Supervision of several of the phases of the works in which the renovation has been implemented.

    Published 26 07 2016
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    Our headquarters, some of the most sustainable buildings in Spain

    Recently, World Office Forum, the online office sector professional community published a list of the most sustainable buildings in Spain (according to LEED), highlighting that there are 87 buildings with silver and gold certifications. Our two corporate headquarters buildings (Bilbao and Madrid) are among these.

    Published 11 07 2016
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    Recently, World Office Forum, the online office sector professional community published a list of the most sustainable buildings in Spain (according to LEED), highlighting that there are 87 buildings with silver and gold certifications. Our two corporate headquarters buildings (Bilbao and Madrid) are among these.

    They are two of the twelve office buildings with the highest certification of sustainability.
    IDOM is a firm that is known for sustainability. In addition to its two headquarters, IDOM has completed 6 LEED certification processes: 1) the wind turbine test facility in Charleston, USA (LEED Gold); 2) the CPD II building in Cerdanyola, Spain (LEED Gold); 3) the CPD I building also in Cerdanyola, Spain (LEED Silver); 4) the BBK Sarriko mixed residential use building (LEED Certified); 5) the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain (LEED Certified) and; 6) the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain (LEED Certified).

    Published 11 07 2016
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    Finalists in the “World Architecture Festival”

    This morning, the organizers of the World Architectural Festival have published the list of finalists for the World Architectural Festival Awards, convened on the occasion of the next edition of the festival to be held in Berlin from November 16 to 18.

    Published 4 07 2016
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    This morning, the organizers of the World Architectural Festival have published the list of finalists for the World Architectural Festival Awards, convened on the occasion of the next edition of the festival to be held in Berlin from November 16 to 18.

    At the awards over 700 candidates were submitted. In the Civic and Communit category jury has selected eight projects, one of them the Salburua Civic Center. In the 2015 Awards San Mamés Stadium won the Sport Category Award.

    Published 4 07 2016
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    Speaking at the World Stadium Congress

    From 16th to 19th May, The World Stadium Congress was hosted in Doha, considered one of the Most Important Events in Sports Architecture.

    Published 24 06 2016
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    From 16th to 19th May, The World Stadium Congress was hosted in Doha, considered one of the Most Important Events in Sports Architecture.

    This year, it counted with the associaton of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the qatari body responsible for the Football World Cup in 2022. IDOM took part in the event for the third consecutive year, which as the date to host the World Cup gets closer, its focus is turning into technical solutions suppliers for the construction of the Stadia, as well as into the Infrastructures management necessities after the World Cup. In this context, our colleague Javier Pérez Uribarri, together with Koldo Olabarrieta representing the Bilbao City Council, showed the case of Bilbao Arena. This infrastructure is managed 100% by the City Council, and was entirely design by IDOM. At the presentation, the design elements of the building that enable a correct operation management were highlighted. IDOM counted with aditional visibility in the event, as another presentation was showed by Javier Dávila, under the title “IDOM on Future Concepts: Current concerns”. In this presentation, our points of view on design trends on Stadia and Arenas were shown.

    Published 24 06 2016
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    Finalist in the architectural competition for the new camp nou stadium

    In mid-May an exhibition was held to display the great work submitted by the finalist in the architectural competition for the New Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The event took place at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

    IDOM has been the core of the team for the Nou Camp Nou architectural competition. IDOM not only brings a broad expertise in Sports Architecture, but also a recognized and demonstrated aptitude to merge highest architectural objectives with sustainable and reliable technical solutions.
    BIG incorporates to the team their distinctive approach. Thanks to their involvement in projects all around the world and to their unique analysis, BIG contributes by developing a pragmatic but utopic view of how the future stadium of FCB should be like.

    This was a golden opportunity for our team to present our proposal, a project that we were extremely proud to submit and defend. To develop this proposal, Idom teamed up with the prestigious Danish architectural practice, BIG, and the renowned Catalonian architectural studio BAAS.

    Published 12 05 2016
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    In mid-May an exhibition was held to display the great work submitted by the finalist in the architectural competition for the New Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The event took place at the headquarters of the College of Architects of Catalonia.

    IDOM has been the core of the team for the Nou Camp Nou architectural competition. IDOM not only brings a broad expertise in Sports Architecture, but also a recognized and demonstrated aptitude to merge highest architectural objectives with sustainable and reliable technical solutions.
    BIG incorporates to the team their distinctive approach. Thanks to their involvement in projects all around the world and to their unique analysis, BIG contributes by developing a pragmatic but utopic view of how the future stadium of FCB should be like.

    BAAS is the Catalan part of the Team. They bring to the team extensive understanding of FCB and its circumstance and, more importantly, an architectural vision cultivated in Barcelona that consists mainly on sophistication, tradition and materiality.

    The new Camp Nou is first and foremost a place for supporters and players to congregate in celebration of the sport. It is conceived as the respectful completion of Francesc Mitjans-Miró’s architecture, originally built in 1957. Rather than starting from scratch or covering the old surfaces of the historical stadium, we propose to lay bare the bones of the heritage stadium in an honest encounter with the new architecture – within and without.

    The new Camp Nou will be a palace for the people, composed of functional elements and everyday materials selected from the material palette of traditional and contemporary Catalan architecture, where we unify the Blaugrana identity into the bones of the building through inherent attributes.

    The new stadium has to be strongly integrated with the 4 major surrounding elements: the new Campus Espai Barça, Les Corts new district, the UPC University and the Maternitat Gardens. A highly ambitious urban renewal effort, the new Camp Nou will be “a good fellow citizen” of les Corts with the highest ambition to become a great and lively neighborhood 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Camp Nou will not only be home to FC Barcelona’s new stadium – it will be all of Barcelona’s new neighborhood.

    Partners in Charge: César Azcárate (IDOM), Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen (BIG), Jordi Badía (BAAS)
    Project Leaders: Diego Rodríguez (IDOM), Agustín Pérez Torres (BIG), Alex Clará (BAAS)

    Published 12 05 2016
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    Among the 50 largest firms of architecture in the world

    The UK Building Design Magazine which is the leading weekly architectural journal in the UK is also considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Each year the magazine publishes “The Big List”, an annual survey of the world’s largest practices. The publication is distributed not just to subscribers, but also leading companies in the UK and is generally accepted as the “Who’s Who” in the world of architecture.

    Published 4 03 2016
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    The UK Building Design Magazine which is the leading weekly architectural journal in the UK is also considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Each year the magazine publishes “The Big List”, an annual survey of the world’s largest practices. The publication is distributed not just to subscribers, but also leading companies in the UK and is generally accepted as the “Who’s Who” in the world of architecture.

    In addition to forward positions in the Top 100 list (they have gone from 55th in 2014 and the 52nd in 2015 to the 47th in 2016), IDOM appears among the top ten architecture firms in the world in several categories, being, on the other hand, the only Spanish firm in the ranking.

    This is the most important data:

    No. 1 for deployment in Central and South America
    No. 3 for implementation in Africa
    No. 7 in Cultural projects
    No. 7 in the field of Transport
    No. 8 in Urban Design projects

    Published 4 03 2016
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