The Japanese contemporary architecture studio, Kengo Kuma & Associates is in charge of the work and Javier Villar, an architect from Logroño, will be responsible for the project. Kengo Kuma's declared aim is: to recover the tradition of buildings and reinterpret these traditions for the 21st century. His works include: Granada Opera House, V&A at Dundee, Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum, The Opposite House, among others.
In this 1st chapter of the interview with the Riojan architect Javier Villar, partner of the prestigious firm Kengo Kuma, presents the first images of the building and refers to the aim of the project and the impact it will have, both for users and the public, as well as for the city of Logroño.
"A building that will generate qualitative changes and urban improvements in the area where it is located" - Javier Villar
In this second chapter of the interview, the Riojan architect Javier Villar, presents the spaces in the building for Bosonit's operations. It also highlights the green spaces and activities that will be participatory for the inhabitants of Logroño.
"The project establishes a synergy with the Camino de Santiago as it enters Logroño and invites you to climb up a staircase to enjoy the cafeteria, gardens and views of the city from the roofs of the building" - Javier Villar
In this 3rd chapter of the interview, the Riojan architect Javier Villar, refers to the fusions of the building's façades with the traditional historical architecture of the area with the metallic and high-tech elements.
"The building has a duality between the exterior façade, with the same attitude of historical continuity as the Stone Bridge, and the interior façade, metallic like the Iron Bridge" - Javier Villar
HIT, a building in Logroño and for the city of Logroño dedicated to the development of new technologies. A space capable of combining activities to promote innovation as a development centre, residence, training, accelerator and innovation laboratory. A series of spaces to incubate the talent and needs that the future demands:
Great ideas need to be given space to live together and time to rest. Between 20% and 30% of the buildable area will be allocated to a residential environment. This residential area will be for the exclusive use of the entire network of talents that come to HIT for any of its training initiatives, acceleration or projects related to the world of innovation. Under no circumstances will there be a transfer of ownership of the residence, as established in the tender specifications.
One of the drivers of success in the most innovative ecosystems is training. HIT proposes high-level training programmes in new technologies. Currently, both Bosonit and NWorld have a clearly defined process in their talent recruitment and training activities. HIT will have areas dedicated to training talent in new technologies and soft-skills programmes for entrepreneurship. Different concepts are foreseen in the training processes, which complement the current strategy in the training of technological talents. The training processes will be oriented towards training for young talents, recruitment of new staff, technology-inspired talks and soft-skills programmes for entrepreneurs.
HIT will serve to promote new business ventures in the technology sector. The accelerator will have a dual focus: Intra-entrepreneurship: an analysis of internal projects and ideas of Bosonit staff that may lead to new companies in which the company has a stake will be carried out. The intra-entrepreneurship programme will allow working with small multidisciplinary teams that will be able to develop Minimum Viable Products through a sprint methodology and test them quickly in the market.
Development of acceleration programmes aimed at discovering start-ups at a national or European level. The acceleration programmes will bring entrepreneurs to HIT for short periods of time to stay at the Residence and receive training programmes such as those described above.
As far as possible, these programmes may be funded by the Innovation department via the Commission's cascade funding programmes, corporate investment funds or Bosonit's own funds, or those of the Bosonit group, for investment in new companies. The design of the space will be of particular importance and will include rooms that allow collaborative work and will be equipped with elements such as portable whiteboards, walls to write on, systems that facilitate the dynamic reconfiguration of the spaces for different types of meetings.
What has the greatest impact in terms of knowledge area. Specific space for the creation of new products and technologies. Infrastructures will be provided to enable this type of development to be carried out.
In total, around 5,500 useful square metres will be available, with a talent residence with 35 rooms and more than 2,200 m2 of public space for the city, which will entail an investment of close to eleven million euros and will be located in the historic centre of Logroño.