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The America’s Cup Building by Chipperfield


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24 April, 2007

David Chipperfield's building for the America's Cup in Valencia will form the focus for the race in June. As the first heats get underway, bdonline takes a look around

The America’s Cup Building ‘ Veles e Vents’ (sails and winds) in Valencia was completed in just 11 months after David Chipperfield Architects won the competition in June 2005, writes Amanda Baillieu.
The building and its park opened for the preliminary regattas in May and June last year, and is now the focal point for the America’s Cup which will be held at the end of June. The building connects directly to the new park, built above the car parking.

The 10,000 sq m concrete building is composed of a series of horizontal planes that provide shade and uninterrupted views out to sea.
Its ground floor houses the reception area and a public restaurant and bar. The first floor is entirely open to the public and connects directly to the park via a separate ramp. The second and third floors contain the VIP facilities.
Cantilevered floor slabs- the largest reaching out 15m – create the outdoor viewing decks that surround each floor. Outdoor space takes up 60% of the building

Fonte: BDonline
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