BBVA headquarters, 93 meters high and in the middle of Madrid

The City BBVA is a complex of seven buildings that houses the new headquarters of the Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria. The main building known as La Vela rises in the center of the complex and is 93 meters (305 ft.) and 19 floors high. It is located in the Las Tablas neighborhood of Madrid.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, City BBVA


Madrid, Spain


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The building

BBVA’s new headquarters is located in Madrid. The slim tower, shaped as a shipsail, marks BBVA in the Madrid skyline. The tower offers a great workspace, with views across the city and to the mountains. Around this plaza trees have been planted in order to create a natural atmosphere.

The requirement

The full height glazing in the design provides good daylight conditions in the offices in order to minimise artificial lighting. Daylight control requires a solar shading solution that is able to minimise cooling requirements but still allows room for natural daylight and view through.

The solution

The architect chose EnviroScreen because of the sustainability of the product. The indoor solar shading screen is characterised by excellent view through and high reflection. This results in improved glare control, lower cooling demands and natural view through, harmonising with the outside sunlight circumstances thus minimising artificial lighting.

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