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Media-TIC Building
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The Media-TIC building will be the nucleus connecting the space between the Media and TIC clusters of the 22@Barcelona district, a meeting point for companies and professionals. Developed by the Consortium of the Zona Franca and the 22@Barcelona company, the Media-TIC building stands at the junction of Carrer Roc Boronat and Carrer Sancho de Ávila.

Media-TIC covers an area of 14,000 m2 with spaces for companies, research and training, and gives priority to spatial intercommunication, the interrelation with the 22@Barcelona district, of which it is a part, and the development of synergies as befitting a cluster space.

The Open University of Catalonia will occupy the 5,000 m2 of the building's top three floors and will house the university's Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and the eLearn Center, while Barcelona Digital Centre Tecnològic will also set up its headquarters in the building, occupying almost an entire floor.
Special attention will also be paid to the zones on the ground floor, where communal services and communication spaces will be located to enhance the connection between the various initiatives of the Parc Barcelona Media and the opening of the building in the district.

Sustainable architecture

A highly personal creation of the Cloud-9 architect's office, led by Enric Ruiz-Geli, the building seeks to be iconic in the digital world and a vehicle for the dissemination of new technologies, while being designed as a socially open civic space.

The building is in the shape of a cube and formed by large iron beams covered in a plastic coating of inflatable bubbles, which offer glimpses of the fluorescent structure of the building. The attractive covering also has a functional utility as a way of regulating light and temperature, primarily preventing 114 tons of CO2 a year from escaping from the building, and offering a 20% saving on climate control.

Every facade of the Media-TIC is different: from the outside, they reveal parts of their interior spaces and give a diverse plasticity, while from the inside they offer spectacular views.

The translucent and innovative covering, ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluor Ethylene), recently approved as a construction material, is in itself an innovation in Spanish building: it acts as an external covering and a mobile sunscreen that helps light to penetrate and affords heat savings.

The ETFE skin is activated using pneumatic mechanisms thanks to “luxometer” sensors that automatically and independently activate the chamber inflation and deflation devices according to how much solar energy there is. These luxometers are energy independent.

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