- Axiare Patrimonio has invested six (6) million euros on developing a new smart office building, which will be fully connected via state-of-the-art technology, including machine learning and zero interface.
- A technological development devised by Axiare, in collaboration with the innovation consultancy firm Opinno, will transform the building into a virtually connected space, allowing its occupiers to manage their day-to-day office lives via their mobile phones or by directly instructing the property itself via voice commands.
- The redesign of the VIRTO Building, completed in collaboration with Arq2gether architectural studio, will be delivered in the spring of 2018 and will comprise more than 17,000 sqm of LEED GOLD office space. Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed letting agent for the asset.
- VIRTO, the new virtual assistant, the name and visual identity of which was created by branding consultancy firm SUMMA, will “come to life” in October this year.
Madrid, 23 June 2017. Axiare Patrimonio, the listed rental property company, is undergoing its most ambitious innovation and technology management project to-date: the VIRTO Building, which aims to become the first office property in Spain to feature a virtual assistant.
The Socimi will invest circa six million euros in creating a live, plugged-in office building that will offer a futuristic workplace, with spaces and services adapted to new business models and based on state-of-the-art technology, such as machine learning and zero interface.
The property will feature a digital assistant, which end-users will be able to communicate with via voice, touch screens and smart movement sensors. This means that the VIRTO building will provide a virtual service that will radically improve amenities offered and security, and will transform the working experience of the building’s occupiers.
The virtual assistant is based on technology that has been developed by Axiare Patrimonio’s very own innovation lab (100% owned), Axiare R+d+i, in collaboration with the world-renowned technological innovation consultancy firm Opinno, and has been designed to revolutionise the its tenant’s work experiences.
The VIRTO Building will also include the Better Workplace App – Axiare’s first technological innovation system – which is already up and running in one of the company’s business parks. This mobile app will allow the building’s future tenants to connect to VIRTO. Amongst other things, the building’s end-users will be able to access the workplace using a virtual key on their mobile phones, reserve a parking space for an electric car, a meeting room or even order lunch from the restaurant. They will also be able to inform the maintenance service of any incident in the property, check which is the fastest route to the office, as well as a whole host of other amenities that will be offered depending on what services the end-users require. All of the services and suppliers, both in terms of the property and at Axiare Patrimonio, are included in the App, which features its own secure payment gateway to improve payments and reservations.
The work required to bring VIRTO to digital life, and thereby allow end-users to interact with the building via the new smart systems, began in February of this year and is expected to last approximately 12 months. The digital improvements are expected to be completed at the same time as the property redesign in spring 2018. The company plans to carry out a live presentation of VIRTO in October this year.
Guillermo Fernández-Cuesta, Real Estate Director at Axiare Patrimonio confirmed that “VIRTO is the ultimate example of a building that is fully connected with its tenants. This property features state-of-the-art technology, but the key focus is always the people that work in it.” Fernández-Cuesta added that “the technology that is being applied to the real estate sector and that focuses on buildings’ end-users can help us improve the way that we work.” “We are seeing a genuine technological revolution, which we at Axiare R+D+i plan to form a key part of,” he concluded.
About the VIRTO Building
The VIRTO Building is located in the La Moraleja area (Alcobendas, Madrid) and comprises a Gross Lettable Area of over 17,000 sqm and approximately 400 parking spaces. In addition to its pioneering proptech developments, and in line with Axiare’s active management strategy, the VIRTO Building will be LEED Gold certified; one of the most highly respected sustainability standards.
Arq2gether, the studio commissioned by Axiare Patrimonio to bring the VIRTO building to life, explains that they were inspired by the work of the artist Pablo Palazuelo, in particular by the sculptor’s concept of linear and minimalist abstraction, and that the building’s redesign was largely founded on his concept of geometry.
The materials being used for the building are new materials that are changing the face of construction and providing a greater degree of freedom in terms of design. New designs are focused on creating eco-friendly buildings that use raw materials that provide better external insulation and thus reduce the amount of energy consumed by heating in the winter and by air conditioning in the summer.
The architectural formula used in this project, for which the consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield has been appointed letting agent, aims to go one step further and place a special emphasis on the lighting, especially on the property’s façade. The building’s entrance level will be key for the redesign of VIRTO, as it will lead to a series of open spaces and terraces prepared for employee and visitor meetings, where there will be meeting rooms, break-out areas and collaborative spaces, which will allow those in the building to look at everyday work life from a whole new angle.
This redesign, inspired by the shapes of the artist Palazuelo, provided the basis upon which the branding consultancy firm SUMMA, masterfully conceived the name and visual identity of VIRTO. For Summa, the VIRTO brand gives the building a human touch, turning it into a property that is at the service of its end-users, as the technological revolution only makes sense if it truly helps to make people’s lives easier.