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February 12, 2013

Marble: A Decorative And Sustainable Building Material

Marble: A Decorative And Sustainable Building Material

Project: North Mediterranean Health Center
Location: Almería, Spain
Architects: Ferrer Arquitectos
Completion: 2010

The exterior of the North Mediterranean Health Center by Ferrer Arquitectos features a series of adjustable marble slats. The use of marble is representative of refinement, dating back to Greek and Roman sculpture. Its modern use in this project, as maneuverable panels, allows for both a decorative and sustainable building material.

As with any healthcare facility, the building adheres to public comfort offering several sustainable attributes. The structure features a series of glass-enclosed courtyards as an aesthetically pleasing internal ventilation system. The adjustable double-skinned marble panels allow for controlled day lighting, offering the facility appropriate lighting for the procedures performed within.

The exquisite choice of marble, a heavier mineral, creates the perfect building material for a high-occupancy healthcare facility. Yet, the large marble mass is segmented by the use of exterior louvers that become much more than a solar shading alternative.

images courtesy of © David Frutos via Design Boom

information courtesy of © Ferrer Arquitectos

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