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Interview with Javier Villar (Kengo Kuma & associates), architect of HIT: "A building in Logroño and for the city of Logroño".

 

We present the first preview of what will be a before and after in the history of Bosonit, a project in Logroño for Logroño:

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:

  • Software factory:
    Core business of the company specialising in technologies such as data analytics, big dataartificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud computing, devops, programmingetc., etc.
  • Student residence:
    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.
  • Training:
    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 the training of talents 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, and will be oriented towards training for young talents, new staff on-boarding, technology-inspired talks and soft-skills programmes for entrepreneurs.
  • Business accelerator:
    HIT will serve to promote new business ventures in the technology sector. The accelerator will have a dual focus: Intrapreneurship: an analysis of internal projects and ideas of Bosonit staff that could lead to new companies in which the company has a stake will be carried out. The intrapreneurship programme will allow working with small multidisciplinary teams that are able, through a sprint methodology, to develop Minimum Viable Products and test them quickly in the market.
    Accelerator: development of acceleration programmes aimed at discovering start-ups at 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 will be funded by the Innovation department via the Commission's cascade funding programmes, corporate investment funds or Bosonit's own funds, or those of its 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 provide them with elements such as portable whiteboards, walls to write on, systems that facilitate the dynamic reconfiguration of the spaces for different types of meetings.
  • Innovation Lab:
    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, will be around 5,500 square metres of usable space, with a 35-room talent residence 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.

Kengo Kuma & Associates authors of the building.

The Japanese contemporary architecture studio is in charge of the work and Javier Villar, an architect from Logroño, will be responsible for the project. The stated aim of the Kengo Kuma is: recovering the tradition of the buildings and reinterpreting these traditions for the 21st century. Among his works are: 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 Kengo Kuma firm, presents the first images of the building and refers to the objective 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 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

 

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