The Wayra offices, located in Madrid, Spain, and designed by Quanto Arquitectura, are our latest obsession. And it’s a justified one.[infobox bg=”darkgray” color=”black” opacity=”on” subtitle=”Wayra is one of the most innovative proposals that Telefonica has led, since 2011, through its offices in Latin America and Europe. Wayra, which means “wind” in Quechua, has established itself as an “accelerator of projects” designed to provide comprehensive support for technology start-ups with great development potential. The projects selected in each of the cities where the multinational has launched the call have not only received financial support and consulting in different business areas, but have also been invited to occupy a workspace of interaction and networking designed to enhance the chances of success of each project: the Wayra Academy. “]About Wayra[/infobox]
For Quanto Arquitectura Studio, led by star architect Miguel Ángel García Alonso, “the fundamental challenge of the Wayra project was to actually create a common workspace, consistent with the nature and philosophy of these start-ups: a space to function as an interconnected ecosystem, versatile and open, yet with its own recognizable graphical personality, regardless of its international location”. And so, the design concept of the Wayra spaces was organized entirely around the idea of enhancing creativity and interconnectedness of work groups – which is expressed in a modular prototype, consisting of exactly three architectural elements: the container, the facility and the image.
Do note though, that up to this day, 9456 m2 of Wayra spaces have been built in 13 cities in Latin America and Europe: Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Caracas, Dublin, Lima, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Munich, Prague, Santiago and Sao Paulo. Thumbs up.
All images are courtesy of Quanto Arquitectura.