Construction has begun on this eight-storey office in Madrid designed by US architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The 20,900 m2 speculative building was designed by SOM London in conjunction with local architect Rafael de La-Hoz. The client is international property company Hines and the developer is Monthisa, a Spanish firm. The Edificio Pórtico, as it is called, is in Madrid’s most dynamic and modern business area, the Campo de las Naciones, which has grown rapidly since the 1980s. The project team also includes services engineer Aguilera Ingenieros, structural engineer Pondio Ingenieros and QS Gleeds Ibérica.