National Packaging Research Center

Year 2022



Diego Díaz Mosqueira

Gustavo Figueira Serrano

Alba Álvarez Vázquez


SOG Design


Bump Estudio


Calahorra, Spain


CNTE. National Packaging Research Center

The project for the “National Center for Packaging Technologies (CNTE)” reflects the concepts of sustainable and modular architecture, designed to be a benchmark in the field of packaging technology. The central idea of the project is the implementation of a 10×10 meter module, which is prefabricated and adaptable to various environmental conditions. This modular approach not only enhances energy efficiency by integrating innovative solutions such as solar panels and skylights but also provides flexibility in terms of future expansion and adaptation.

The proposal is characterized by the creation of a volume and a final shape that emerge from the repetition of this module. This strategy results in a unified architectural envelope that encapsulates the entire building program under a single cover. Among the most distinctive features of the design are the diagonal lines that run across the roofs and façades, as well as the large open central patio that incorporates natural light and vegetation into the space, strengthening the connection between the building’s interior and the surrounding natural landscape.

One of the main objectives of this proposal is to create quality workspaces with a special focus on user well-being. The workshop areas on the ground floor have diffused natural light, both through the double-skin façade and the north-facing skylights on the roof. The central spaces of the workshops are designed to be open to receive both types of light, with a special focus on vegetation as a predominant element. The first floor is connected to the vegetation in the central patio, as well as the natural spaces in the surrounding plot, establishing a visual relationship with the nearby natural environment, oriented towards Los Agudos to the west façade and the Ebro River to the east. Inside, attention is paid to the detail of the finishes, and the installations and slabs are left exposed, showcasing the building’s constructive essence. This represents a new generation of workspaces that emphasizes the warmth and sustainability of wood with highly industrialized systems.

The project adopts a longitudinal approach in its design, facilitating fluid communication and interconnection between the various multidisciplinary spaces within the building. Both passive and active strategies have been integrated to enhance energy efficiency, including the collection and use of rainwater and the extensive use of sustainable materials such as wood. This comprehensive and holistic approach leads to the creation of a building with a minimal carbon footprint, aiming for near-zero or even negative energy consumption.

In terms of landscaping, the project places special emphasis on the integration of vegetation, both inside and outside the building. This not only improves air quality and local biodiversity but also enhances the overall aesthetics of the space. Meticulous attention was given to sustainable mobility and the creation of a work environment that promotes health and collaboration among users.

The National Center for Packaging Technologies incorporates advanced technological innovations and demonstrates a deep respect for the environment in every aspect of its design and construction. This project not only meets the functional and aesthetic needs of a modern building but also places a strong emphasis on ecological responsibility and long-term sustainability.

This innovative approach is reflected in every element of the design, from the choice of materials to the configuration of the space. The modularity of the project is not just a matter of constructive efficiency but also represents a commitment to flexibility and adaptability to future needs and technological changes. The use of cutting-edge technologies and sustainable materials underscores the project’s commitment to the environment, while its user-centered design ensures a productive and pleasant work environment.

In summary, it is a project that stands out for its innovation, sustainability, and adaptability. It represents a significant advancement in the field of sustainable architecture, demonstrating that it is possible to create spaces that are both functionally efficient and aesthetically pleasing, without compromising on principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility.