Inapal Industrial Unit

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Location: Palmela, Portugal
Date: 2006
Photography: Leonardo Finotti

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Pages 20
Language Spanish, English, Portuguese


Inapal Plastics in Palmela, included in the industrial complex of Autoeuropa, is dedicated to the production of plastic components for the automotive industry and is comprised of three cores unified by the large metal mantle that standardizes a design with different volumetric requirements: three industrial premises correspond to the different production sections (molding, painting, and modules), a social area with two floors and a stand-alone support building.

The rules of the project are essentially based on dimensional standardization (module of 7 x 7 m), which results in a rectangular with a 2:1 ratio, and the adoption of prefabricated materials so that the construction solutions are as rational as possible.

The exterior image of the industrial unit is defined by the facades clad with corrugated sheet metal and a large polycarbonate window that forms the front of the large container, allowing the life that takes place within it to be transparent. Small entrance boxes denounce the huge scale of the architectural object that, in its interior, contains a large patio/garden that marks the transition between the industrial zone and the social areas.


Included in the Autoeuropa industrial complex in Palmela, this industrial unit, dedicated to the production of metal components for automotive uses, consists of two seemingly autonomous cores of equal height: two industrial buildings and a large roof that incorporate the storage of raw materials, the different sections of production and shipping, and a social and technical area of two floors.

The architectural proposal reaches beyond the urban conditions of time, cost and the “defense” of the formal concept, adopting the same strategy as that of the Inapal
Plastics project, which is essentially summarized in the dimensional standardization (Module 7 x 7m) generated by the space, the prefabricated materials and type of details such that the construction solutions be as rational as possible.

The research focuses on the “skin” of the building, which is based on finding a single material (trapezoidal sheet metal) that is adapted to and standardizes all the design situations – the material is converted by concept and synthesis of the solution. Its versatility is employed both in the different applications and orientations: standardized plates when it is necessary to enclose something and sheets cut into strips and fixed in a honeycomb shape when illumination, ventilation or shade is required.

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