RESTORATION OF THE FAÇADES OF THE CENTRAL HEADQUARTERS OF BANCO DE ESPAÑA
Ten years after Kalam’s first intervention on this building, listed as a Property of Cultural Interest, the Bank of Spain has again entrusted the company to restore the nearly 12,000 m2 of façades of his central headquarters in Madrid.
The work, motivated by the serious risk of detachment of some of the modillions from its cornice, will deal with conservation of all the building’s façades. The Valentín Berriochoa architectural studio has planned the project in phases. Once the restoration work is finished, the scaffolding will be removed, exposing the splendid façades of both the Main building and the 1975 building expansion.
In the stonework, granite stone from Alpedrete, Alconera limestone and Carrara marble, work was performed to fix the cornices and stone modillions, mending the cracks and fissures, grinding the stone blocks and restoring volume. The stonework was also cleaned eliminating the efflorescence, applying patinas and antigrafiti treatments as well as placing zinc on the Belgian joints in the cornices.
The wrought iron elements on the lower floors, the English patio halls, the façade lanterns and the zinc crest on the roof will all also be restored.
In addition to working on the Bank of Spain building in Madrid, Kalam has updated other office buildings for this institution, such as in Seville, Santander or Zaragoza.