We are Orona
Orona IDeO-innovation city, a city based on the idea of putting our whole capacity to imagine, innovate and create into a single location.
The objective of Orona IDeO-innovation city is to create an ecosystem of innovation that forms a fusion space of different synergic activities: Business, University and Research.
The driving force of ORONA’s technological activity is linked to Orona eic (Elevator Innovation Centre) working in synergy with Mondragon University and IK4-Ikerlan Research Alliance, which in this new location will be accompanied by high added-value companies.
Elevation an Urban Mobility are the benchmarks of ORONA’s activity, which are underpinned by energy efficiency and sustainable development. On the basis of this knowledge, the new activities are geared towards energy management in buildings. Orona IDeO-innovation city will be a laboratory where research will be conducted into all these technologies.
The chosen spot is Galarreta area in the municipality of Hernani, where the expansion of San Sebastian Technology Park will be located. Within a complex covering 15 hectares, Orona IDeO-innovation city will be concentrating most of its activity into 40,000 built m2.
ORONA was created in 1964, almost 50 years ago. Orona IDeO-innovation city project is set to become reality in 2014, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of ORONA.
The aim to create an
where company, university and research will be working on synergistic activities
Orona IDeO–innovation city arises from the desire to create a space that fuses together different synergistic activities: company, technology centre and university, which constitute the Orona Innovation Network. After several years of development as a project for the future at ORONA, its location in Galarreta (Hernani) was finally revealed in 2009, with the joint initiative between the San Sebastián Technology Park and ORONA as its main drivers. It is located in the municipality where the company emerged almost five decades ago, and where it has a clear social commitment.
The initial vision for the project included a tower at the end nearest the technology park entrance, and two branches enclosing a square. It was pretty evident that a company dedicated to elevation should underline its corporate identity with a large tower. But as the design developed, a series of issues were defined, that were considered vital to Orona IDeO-innovation city.
The first of these was the decision to provide a distinct and more relevant pedestrian access from the roundabout, which is where the Technology Park interfaces with urban transport, and where the main entrance is located. This public pedestrian axis crosses the Orona IDeO plot and reaches the EcoBoulevard located at the top, which is a linear park with vegetation characterising the Technology Park.
The same plot topography, on a gradual incline from the roundabout to the top boulevard, invites the creation of a series of urban spaces in the form of terraces, which avoid big changes of elevation that can create a visual enclosure separating the plot.
As regards energy, production is centralised for the entire Orona IDeO-innovation city using renewable sources of energy generated on-site via a District Heating-Cooling system with zero carbon emissions. An ESCO manages energy production and distribution, and this data is displayed in real time.
Environmental architecture has been chosen that combines the use of renewable energies as a symbol of energy efficiency and ORONA green technologies.
Lastly, a unique and contemporary architectural image was sought to commemorate ORONA’s 50 years in business, that would last without falling into the trap of becoming a mere architectural trend.
These proposals were publicly presented by ORONA through different communications channels and events. Likewise consultations were held with future users of the installations, both University and Technology Centre, as well as with developers of initiatives in the area, with whom collaboration synergies arose. As a result of this process, a detailed building use program was defined, as was their position on the plot in relation to the urban space around them.
As regards the design of the main ORONA building, the tower’s presence on the urban landscape was reconsidered and the need to make it an identifiable feature of the project, and it was decided to focus the design on a lower building, which made a gesture towards the roundabout and transmitted the idea of elevation. The focus on a single shape, which does not differentiate between tower and horizontal body, is also understood to be more in keeping with the cooperative spirit of the company.
FIRST DESIGN PROPOSALS
Proposed "Rising building". Ground
Proposed "Rising building". Elevation
Proposed "Tower". View
Proposed "Tower". Elevation
THE DEFINITIVE PROJECT
Orona IDeO–innovation city project was publicly presented in February 2012.
Image of model
Orona Zero building conceptual design
Orona Zero design evolution.
The final master plan is comprised of four buildings, each with their own character, which complement each other.
The design for Orona Zero arises from different conditions imposed by the actual plot and the environment. Its design is based on a circular shape, which has always accompanied the Orona brand image. The idea of ascent (positive and dynamic), is transferred to the final design via an even more sophisticated idea than elevation per se, via a suspended 90 m diameter and 16 m high cylindrical shape which creates a large entrance projection. This structure is inclined 15º horizontally to create a door effect and provide access to the inside of the building. This inclination provides the façade with a good orientation for solar energy collection, and presents a friendly façade towards the square.
A "collage" building, the orientation of which is imposed by planning conditions. The two lower floors contain common areas such as the cafeteria, auditorium, library and nursery, with the goal that they act as informal meeting areas for Orona IDeO.
The two upper floors are focused on energy-related teaching and Master activities, where Mondragon University will be located. Its façade facing the square serves as a backdrop for the public space, which seeks to be a very permeable and multi-purpose.
Orona IDeO innovation city will be an Energy Laboratory, bringing together architecture integrated clean energy generation systems with efficient building energy storage and consumption systems. Orona IDeO Gallery will be a museum and a visitor pavilion, which in order to teach and communicate the experience, will contain a Showroom to display real time energy management monitoring, and provide visits to renewable energy production installations: biomass, solar thermal, geothermal and photovoltaic. This clear investment in an innovative energy model is to be accompanied by Leed and Breeam building certification. Thereby, Orona IDeO-innovation city will be a Net Zero Energy Campus.
The two smaller structures constitute a single building, containing office and laboratory sections, aimed at researching advanced electrical storage systems.
Such research aims to develop elevation system and building energy management technology applications.
This public space connects the flow of pedestrians between buildings, thereby underlining once again the idea of the "city" as a key feature of the project.
Orona IDeO–innovation city provides society with an open public space, to be enjoyed by all citizens, that takes the diversity of its uses and inhabitants into account, whilst promoting a close relationship between people, and creating an environment that favours innovation.
To know more about project’s main figures download the project sheet.
Buildings at Orona IDeO-innovation city will obtain
LEED Gold and BREEAM Excellent certifications
This project aims to be a reference in terms of its sustainability, and to achieve this all three buildings will be certified for sustainability by recognised international bodies.
The Owner establishes, by common agreement with Project Management, the strategic objectives of obtaining LEED environmental certification for the building, category LEED Gold, as well as BREEAM Excellent environmental certification. To do so a series of measures have been adopted when drawing up the project aimed at achieving these objectives.
LEED and BREEAM environmental certification relate to a set of tools and procedures aimed at measuring, evaluating and weighing levels of sustainability, during the design phase, and during execution and maintenance. They seek leading edge strategies for the sustainable development of the site, water saving, energy efficiency, material and resource specification, and the quality of the indoor environment.
The LEED environmental evaluation and certification system is a process managed by the US Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an independent organisation, which aims to promote sustainable construction practices.
LEED certification is formalised via a finished building certificate, which through independent evaluation demonstrates compliance with sustainability criteria, and the degree of compliance.
The LEED system establishes a global building evaluation system, considering six fundamental aspects:
Said measures are articulated in a series of compulsory Prerequisites, and voluntary Credits.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment) is a method for evaluating and certifying construction sustainability, established 21 years ago. Certification is managed by the BRE in the United Kingdom and the ITG in Spain, nonprofit organisations, specifically aimed at research and education in the construction sector.
BREEAM evaluates building environmental impact in 10 categories: Management, health and well-being, energy, transport, water, materials, residues, ground use and ecology, contamination and innovation, enabling certification in accordance with different levels of sustainability, and also serving as a reference and technical guide for more sustainable construction.
Presentation of Orona IDeO-innovation city project in European Lift Congress Heilbronn - Germany.
Programme European Lift Congress 2012 - Heilbronn, Oct. 9-10 intra.fh-heilbronn.de
Presentation of the Orona IDeO-innovation city Case Study in the Congress of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in Madrid.
Presentation of the new Orona IDeO-innovation city Master plan in Galarreta, Hernani.
Orona abrirá en 2014 un polo de innovación pionero en Europa elpais.com | 2011-11-29
Orona abrirá en 2014 su polo innovador en Hernani elmundo.es | 2011-11-29
Orona prevé inaugurar en 2014 su centro de investigación Orona IDeO finanzas.com | 2011-11-29
Orona prevé inaugurar en 2014 su centro de investigación Orona IDeO-innovation city noticiasdegipuzkoa.com | 2011-11-29
Presentation of Orona IDeO-innovation city to the international media in Interlift 2011 (Augsburg-Germany), the most important lift trade fair internationally.
Presentation of Orona IDeO-innovation city, as a case study in the area of innovation and energy efficiency, to architects in the 3rd meeting organised by NAN arquitectura y construcción magazine.
III Encuentro NAN arquitectura y construcción nanconstruccion.es | 2011-07-07
Conference to present the details of the Orona IDeO-innovation city project to local residents in Hernani and the surrounding area in the Biteri cultural centre in Hernani.
Conferencia para conocer los detalles del parque tecnológico en Galarreta diariovasco.com | 2011-03-24
Laying of the first virtual stone in the ORONA head offices and presentation to the media of the Orona IDeO-innovation city project as part of the extension of the San Sebastian Technology Park in the Galarreta area.
Orona continúa la senda del crecimiento con su refuerzo internacional abc.es | 2011-02-28
Orona IDeO creará un espacio de innovación pionero en unir empresa, I+D+i y universidad europapress.es | 2011-02-28
Orona IDeO creará un espacio de innovación pionero en unir empresa, I+D+i y universidad finanzas.com | 2011-02-28
Nace Orona IDeO-innovation city, un nuevo espacio de innovación pionero en Europa construible.es | 2011-03-16