Who

Mercadona, a national leader in the field of food distribution, currently has more than 1,500 stores supplied by nine of its own logistic centres. It has a staff of 75,000 workers, who develop their careers within the company.

Why

The management model on which Mercadona is based, TOTAL QUALITY, entails the company workers continuous learning on the job, hence the need to construct a building dedicated to this specific training.

We were, therefore, required to provide a response to both needs: TRAINING ROOMS and IT OFFICES.

How

It was clear that the training rooms, intrinsically linked to the company’s TOTAL QUALITY identity model, should be pre-eminent throughout the space. They had to organise the whole structure and to be recognise as training rooms from the exterior of the building.

We opted to build them with the solidity of concrete, but we wanted to personalise this material and so we created a special mould based on shopping trolleys, a company symbol, that would subtly leave its mark on both the outside and inside of the building.

esquema-albalat

Floor Section

What

We wanted to create a building with character; a building removed from the idea that industrial architecture is nondescript. We were concerned about the issue of materials; we wanted to convey the company’s values and reflect its spirit and corporate rationale.

We wanted to give prominence to USE, each piece mirroring its function. We wanted the interior activity to be readily evident from the outside.

Data sheet

PROJECTEdificio de Oficinas Informáticas y Aulas de Formación
LOCATIONAlbalat dels Sorells, Valencia
DATE2012 - 2015
CLIENTMercadona S.A.
CARVINGCristina Iglesias
CONSTRUCTORConstrucciones Torrentinas Casol S.L.
BUILT SURFACE8750 m2
COLLABORATORSIsmael Padilla (Director de ejecución, coordinador de obra) / Javier López y Pablo Cogollos (Coordinadores de instalaciones) / GRUPOTEC (Ingeniería) / GRUPO CSP (Seguridad y salud) / Joan Vericat (Topografía) / MUÑOZ-BOSCH (Suministros integrales de hostelería y limpieza) / Cemex – Grupo Valero (Hormigón texturizado) / Acustival (aislamientos y acondicionamientos acústicos)
PHOTOGRAPHYDavid Frutos