Spanish architect¬†Alberto Campo Baeza¬†has concealed an¬†office block with walls made entirely of glass behind a sandstone enclosure in the Spanish city of Zamora.
The architect matched the stone of the site‚Äôs perimeter walls exactly to the exterior of the¬†neighbouring¬†Romanesque cathedral, which is located in the west¬†of the historic walled city.
Behind the screen walls, two irregularly shaped courtyards are positioned either side of the¬†glass building that¬†houses the advisory board for the autonomous region of¬†Castilla¬†y Le√≥n.
The sheets of glass that make up the exterior of the two-storey building are joined by little more than structural silicone.¬†‚ÄùIt‚Äôs as if the walls are entirely made of air,‚Äù said Campo Baeza.
Glass fins separate the outer glass skin from an inner glass wall in front of the floor plates, creating a void that mimics the¬†proportions¬†of a solid wall.
This cavity is ventilated to keep the building cool during the summer, preventing a greenhouse effect.
The project was¬†completed in¬†collaboration with architects Pablo Fern√°ndez Lorenzo, Pablo Redondo D√≠ez, Alfonso Gonz√°lez Gais√°n and Francisco Blanco Velasco.