Dynamobel recently installed metal suspended ceilings in the BBVA’s ‘La Vela’ (‘The Sail’) building. The work was performed on 12 of the 19 floors of this spectacular building in the BBVA City, a complex designed by the prestigious Swiss architectural team Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the 2001 Pritzker Prize.
The BBVA headquarters was built according to the most demanding sustainability criteria to achieve the least environmental impact, a goal recognised with LEED Gold certification.
The owners invited a prestigious group of ceiling manufacturers from all around the world to submit bids. Dynamobel accepted the challenge of this complex project, in which the level of quality required, compliance with strict technical standards and the scale and geometric complexity of the tiles which needed to be developed proved too much for many companies.
Dynamobel spent several weeks manufacturing a large number of tiles, many of them made-to-measure to adapt to the unique features of each floor, particularly worthy of note being the 1200m curved metal risers whose main function is to conceal all the HVAC and electricity systems built into the ceilings. Of the 12 floors, 2 were fitted all over with micro-perforated Clip-In system tiles (hidden profiles), machined to accommodate the lighting system. Micro-perforated flush tiles with 40 and 20mm profiles to clear the chilled beams were used on the other floors. 20x20mm lattice panels made of lacquered MDF were hung on these ceilings.
In order to meet this difficult challenge properly, Dynamobel posted an engineer on site permanently to analyse each particular case and pass on detailed information every day so that each part could be manufactured correctly.