Zara Castellana 79

  • The world's largest Zara store stands out for its sustainable design.
  • The 6,000m2 building consumes 20% less electricity and 45% less water than conventional stores.

The largest Zara store in the world can be found at number 79 Paseo de la Castellana, in Madrid. The 6,000m2, building is currently applying for the environmental accreditation LEEDTM in the Gold category and consumes an impressive 20% less electricity and 45% less water than conventional stores.

We worked with Inditex to develop a store full of eco-efficient technologies, from low-energy consumption lighting through to CO2 probes that help to regulate the ventilation.

Located in the financial heart of Madrid, the easy pedestrian access to the store enables people to walk there easily. In addition, it encourages sustainable mobility through the covered parking areas enabled for bicycles, and parking spaces for employees who share a vehicle.

Sustainable fashion: eco-efficiency technology

Our sustainability and energy efficiency consulting services helped to evaluate the necessary parameters, reducing consumption levels in order to meet the LEEDTM Gold certification. The store also achieves the maximum qualification in the SEAS eco-efficiency standard that Inditex and Arup have developed for the evaluation of all of the group's stores worldwide.

To ensure optimum air quality in the store, continuous controls are carried out using CO2 probes that regulate the ventilation and the supply of external air, achieving a 30% increase in the amount established by the standards.

On the other hand, a saving of more than 45% of the use of drinking water is possible thanks to the incorporation of low-consumption plumbing fixtures. In addition we have reduced the volume of discharge and the pressure on the public sanitation network.

The technology implemented for thermal zoning across the four floors allows independent control of air conditioning systems depending on the areas they serve: internal store’s use, solar exposure and other external factors. LED lighting has been used across the store, saving 10% energy compared to a standard building. The other electronic equipment is also low consumption, and complies with energy efficiency labels Energy Star or A ++.

Our relation with Inditex dates back to 2007. Since then, we have worked together to create an eco-efficient shop manual that is currently being used in all the energy audits. We have also collaborated to obtain LEED and BREEAM sustainability certification in 28 stores and carried out structural safety audits in textile factories in Bangladesh.

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  • Front view of Zara Castellana 79 building. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    The world's largest Zara store stands out for its sustainable design.

  • Front view of Zara Castellana 79 building. Credit: Arup.Open gallery

    The 6,000m2 building consumes 20% less electricity and 45% less water than conventional stores.