The Mosaico and Palomar Project for Cruzcampo

Heineken had long since wanted to give its historical complex on Avenida de Andalucía, in Seville, a new lease of life by renovating the brewery where, in 1904, its iconic beer was born: Cruzcampo. The redesigning of the original brewery aimed to increase the capacity of the company's headquarters, bring to light the historical facade of the building and open up the brand to the city.

Ayesa drafted the project and was also responsible for site management and assisting in terms of project management. This involved assisting with tenders, helping assess bids, managing the project's schedule and costs and managing permits.

The Avenida de Andalucía 1 complex, the name given to the initiative, has been described as ‘an initiative for Seville to interact with the industrial, ethnological and culinary heritage which the Cruzcampo Foundation and Heineken España facilities offer’. The project involved two of the three buildings, the Palomar and Mosaico buildings, as well as the redesigning of the entire complex.

The redevelopment of the outdoor spaces involved getting rid of the wall which surrounded the entire area, thus opening up these gardens to the public. To mark the new boundaries, pieces of paving stone were used. In terms of the Palomar Building, as it is a listed building, the original facade had to be kept intact. It still had fermentation pools and tanks, which had not been used for years, and the aim was to remove them and adapt the space for use by the Cruzampo Foundation.

New floor slabs were built to increase the clear ceiling height of the floors and get rid of the central pillars. This allowed an auditorium with space for up to 200 people to be created, as well as coworking spaces and an exhibition hall. The spaces were distributed making use of the gable roof. What's more, as the building does not have any windows, to make it habitable we decided to create a single area for light to enter the building. Thus, a glass curtain wall was designed on the facade of the building, which looks onto Avenida del Greco.

In terms of the Mosaico Building, it formerly housed the Cruzampo Foundation offices (which were moved to the Palomar Building) and still houses the catering school and its bar-restaurant, an events room and the offices of Heineken's IT department. An extension to the catering school was designed, doubling the size of its kitchens and giving it more visibility, as well as moving the restaurant, which is currently in the basement, to an upper floor with views of the outside. On the facade, the aim was to highlight its outstanding heritage and historical value, revealing the pre-existing brickwork and keeping the mosaic, which the building gets its name from, as the predominant feature.

Current challenges

In architecture, having a good design is important but not enough by itself. Being in a position to quickly come up with the very best solutions to the challenges which inevitably arise over the course of a project is essential, from initial feasibility studies through to design, construction and commissioning. Throughout this process, ensuring resources are used in an efficient and sustainable way is also important.

Ayesa’s solutions

At Ayesa, our work rests on a multidisciplinary approach involving experts from different technical disciplines. This allows us to provide comprehensive solutions to problems, based on excellence and sustainability. Over more than 50 years, we have perfected an efficient workflow, which enables us to find fast and effective solutions to complex problems. We accompany our clients throughout each phase of their project, making sure their resources are used in the best possible way, in our quest to provide them with innovative, sustainable and efficient buildings. At Ayesa, we strive to constantly improve how we do things, as well as bring value to every project we undertake.

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We bring our extensive experience and expertise to all the phases of architecture projects, from feasibility studies to commissioning. Throughout the entire process, we offer nothing but the very best tools and technology in order to ensure optimal results.
Design and planning
We believe that the concept and analysis phase is particularly important, as it lays the foundations for everything that comes after. As such, the initial design of any building must meet the needs of the client as well as its environment. During this stage, foreseeing possible challenges and making the right decisions is crucial. Doing this results in architecture projects that are solid, responsible from both a functional and economic point of view, and offer well-thought-out and surprising solutions in terms of form and spatial aspects.
Management and supervision
Thanks to our experience in all the phases involved in construction projects, we are able to offer outstanding management and supervision services. As such, we cover everything from preliminary studies through to acceptance and monitoring, basing our approach on a deep understanding of the entire process.
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At Ayesa, we seek to innovate whilst using the very best tools. In fact, over the past decade, we have become a global leader and pioneer in BIM, using this methodology for our projects in accordance with ISO 19650. We have undertaken these kinds of projects all over the world, and have particular experience working in the Middle East, Latin America and Europe. .
Sustainability and efficiency
Our approach is based on sustainable design, something we achieve in two ways. The first is by ensuring an efficient use of natural resources through minimal impact and energy consumption. And the second is by developing, renewing and improving the physical environment and cultural context of our buildings. Our projects have been certified to standards such as LEED, BREEAM and VERDE, to name but a few.
We have extensive technical experience in carrying out thorough analyses of the challenges presented by projects. To do this, we use the very best methodologies and tools available in order to ensure the success of projects and meet the expectations of our clients.
Diversity, scale and function
At Ayesa, no matter how big or small a project may be, we have the solution. Our experience allows us to pursue success without losing sight of the functional requirements involved in each phase. What’s more, we carry out all kinds of projects, from restoring listed historic buildings to designing new cities and urban infrastructure.

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