Castanheira do Ribatejo
M.A.N. Veículos Industriais Soc. Unip., Lda.
A. Burmester Arquitectos Associados, Lda
5287,00 m 2
The building which shall accommodate the new MAN headquarters (Industrial vehicles (Portugal) business name company Ltd) at the Industrial Area in Castanheira do Ribatejo, has a complexity inherent to any larger construction project with a number of perquisites deriving from the specific needs of an industrial construction aiming at the productive functional component incorporated in its production.
The building has three large areas: the exhibition area, offices and workshop. The exhibition area faces the lot entrance and it is the “showcase” of MAN vehicles being painstakingly worked up in terms of image. In this functional area we have included the sales offices, on one level in an open-space configuration. The general office area is divided into two levels, alongside areas with different functionalities, such as the store area with a client reception area and delivery of parts, open-space offices, a medical centre, cafeteria, two kitchen pantry areas, dressing room, and toilets. The workshop occupies at level 0, the rest of the buildings area, and it includes various areas apart from the workshop, with an engine room, water and lubrication pits.
In terms of structural design the building has four components, being the last one merely technical and independent from all three others. These elements mirror different structural solutions. From the pre-cast concrete and concrete in situ, to the metallic structures which support large glassy areas, the entire building gives an harmonic ensemble of all its components. In order to balance needs, aesthetics, building technical feasibility and technical support, the project follows such guidance.
Never blocking these objectives, engineering allows the architectural side to support the project.