Palmas Altas is the largest commercial and technological development in southern Spain. Located in a new urban development area of Seville, the project is a joint initiative between the City Council and sustainable technology company Abengoa.
While two-thirds of the 100,000m² complex host Abengoa’s headquarters, the third part is occupied by other companies and institutions with similar interests.
Palmas Altas was designed in close collaboration with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Luis Vidal + Arquitectos and inaugurated in 2009 by the King of Spain.
Developed to embrace Abengoa’s core values of energy efficiency and sustainability while being economically competitive, the design will prove itself to be a fully integrated architectural and engineering triumph.
Concept design studies indicating carbon footprint reduction and economic payback have been carried out for all the proposed passive and active sustainability solutions. The passive low energy consumption solutions include orientation, compactness, green roofs, and facades.
The active solutions to optimise energy efficiency include:
Trigeneration, which creates electricity, heating and cooling from a single energy source, the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roofs and lighting dimming systems sensitive to levels of daylight
The active solutions to reduce water consumption include:
Absorption chillers on the roofs which will provide cold water, dry toilets and storage facilities for rainwater so that it can be recycled and used for irrigation.