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China Team Americas Cup Nautical Base

A dra­gon in town. Transparency and cli­ma­tic adap­ta­bi­lity are the two pillars of this buil­ding construc­ted in Valencia in Spain. The nau­ti­cal base was desi­gned like a large shop win­dow with the boat and the crew’s acti­vi­ties visible to all from the street and from the walk­ways lea­ding to the ter­race.

Program Base for the China Team for the 2007 Americas Cup
Site Valencia, Spain
Floor Area 3 500sqm / 37 670sqft
Cost of construction € 0 (zero) / $ 0 (zero)
Timetable Completed 2007
Project Owner China Team / Le Defi

An ana­ly­sis of the site and of the cli­mate deter­mi­ned a buil­ding that only used natu­ral ven­ti­la­tion and spray for cooling during the hot sum­mer. The base construc­ted har­ked back to tra­di­tio­nal archi­tec­ture for sea­side construc­tion in this region, which relies on ther­mal breezes as a natu­ral cooling sys­tem. The facades were made from PTFE and ETFE while a red can­vass struc­ture stradd­led the buil­ding, crea­ting the shape of a mas­sive dra­gon.

China Team Americas Cup Nautical Base — © Loci Anima
China Team Americas Cup Nautical Base — © Loci Anima