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Francisco 'Patxi' Mangado's Spanish Pavilion Is A Ceramic Forest (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/04/11 08:54 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

From Inhabitat:

From a distance, you might mistake Francisco "Patxi" Mangado's gorgeous Spanish pavilion for a grove of towering trees. The clustering of 750 ceramic pillars boasts a bouquet of green building strategies ranging from locally sourced sustainable materials to a rainwater recycling system and a massive photovoltaic array. Inhabitat recently had a chance to see this incredible building in person. Read on for a peek and for even more exclusive pics, click here.

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Rising like a poplar forest from the banks of the Ebro river, Francisco "Patxi" Mangado's sustainably built Spanish Pavilion boasts a brilliant brise soleil composed of 750 ceramic pillars. This field of pillars shelters the interior spaces from the strong Spanish sun, while a pond at the building's base creates a temperate microclimate that is 3°C cooler than the surrounding area. Drawing upon these roots, the building blossoms with an impressive bouquet of green building strategies ranging from locally sourced sustainable materials to a rainwater recycling system and a massive photovoltaic array set at the pavilion's peak. We recently had a chance to check out this incredible building during Tile of Spain's Reign in Spain tour - read on for an exclusive look inside!
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