If the administrative deadlines progress at a good pace for our HIT Project, the Camino de Santiago will have a new section on its way through Logroño in 2025. Pilgrims crossing the Puente de Piedra and facing the street Marqués de San Nicolás. They can make a stop to learn about our HIT project while walking the Camino de Santiago to enjoy the new views from the new headquarters of Bosonit.
The technology company from La Rioja presented the design of its new "headquarters" on Tuesday. It will pay between 10 and 11 million euros and the works are expected to begin next year (before that, the Consistory must modify the General Municipal Plan).
The architect Javier Villar and the founder of Bosonit, Miguel Fernándezhave revealed some of the details of the new building. It stands on a 5,500 square metre site next to the church of Santa María de Palacio, in the new "technological hub of Logroño". The building has three floors, two cafeterias for public use (one in an interior cloister on the ground floor and the other on the second floor, at the same level as the pinnacle of the Palacio) and the people of Logroño and visitors will be able to walk around the building up to a viewpoint on the third floor, which offers a new panoramic view of the old part of the city.
On its exterior façade, the building evokes the Stone Bridge, with an aesthetic commitment to tradition that is represented in the stone of its walls. On the inside, on the other hand, the reference is to the Iron Bridge, with contemporary, avant-garde lines and glazed spaces. Both are adorned with terraced gardens with plants that allude to the vegetation that pilgrims encounter on their way: vineyards of La Rioja, native shrubs of the plateau and riverside gardens on the ground floor that evoke the Ebro.
The headquarters traces a three-storey spiral from the Calle del Puente, which is equal in height with the façade of Santa María de Palacio at its eastern end to continue gaining height towards the panoramic viewpoint. "Its strategic location presented us with a very nice opportunity to bring the Camino inside the building and make pilgrims part of their arrival in Logroño. From the highest point of the headquarters, pilgrims can see the Camino already walked and then return to undertake the route to Santiago," explained Villar.
The company has designed through the architect Kengo Kuma (author of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium) a venue that combines spaces for public use. On its three levels, they are present throughout the length and breadth of the floor plan. The corporate spaces, comprising offices and a workers' residence. It will house some 600 permanent employees, training rooms and a multi-purpose space, whose activities can be viewed from the windows of the main street.
The mayor of the city, Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, stressed that the project "symbolises modernity, the 21st century and how beauty helps to make a better Logroño", while highlighting the "boost it will give to economic activity in the centre". "It will help national and international investors to see Logroño as an area of opportunities", he added, adding that "Bosonit could have done something simple, easy; but there are people who believe, create and put their sensitivity at the service of Logroño so that it can compete for excellence and vanguard".
The company's founder stressed that Bosonit has made "a great effort to create a beautiful workplace where people can be creative". Miguel Fernández assures that "it is possible to carry out projects of great international scope from Logroño.".