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Civivox Mendillorri

"The effect of the folds create different spaces which are intertwined and multiply whilst taking advantage of the lands' unevenness. Thus the building is a square and wall facing towards the street, with its empty space and arcade facing towards the park.", says AH Asociados on Civivox Mendillorri .

By: AH Asociados

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
South elevation - Night view.

Project details

  • Project Name: Civivox Mendillorri
  • Location of Site: Pamplona, Navarra (Spain)
  • Principal designers: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernandez Minguillon, Marcos Escartín Miguel
  • Design Team: Sara Mattivi, Ruth Marín, Pablo Branchi, Javier Zalacain, Daniel Maestu, Miguela Modrego, Susana Ruiz de Galarreta
  • Technical Architects: Miguel Aldaz García Mina, María Lopez Morquecho
  • Engineers: GE & Asociados
  • Project Type: Facility - Cultural Centre
  • Client: Town Council of Pamplona - Navarra Government
  • Contractor/s: H.M. Compania General de Construccion S.A.
  • Built-up Area: 3.327,7 m2
  • Date of completion: July 2005

Words from the architect

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
East elevation.

In the surroundings of the central park in Mendillorri, it has been proposed a building which keeps a relationship with the surrounding area, its views, and its functions. A type of monument which distances itself from people hasn't been sought out, but rather a constructed place which plays second fiddle to the park and the palace, to the lake and the inner landscape. For that reason the plots plateau has been altered as if it were a matter of a stone pavement in a public place which unfurls itself and rises up from below to gladly accept public resources. The effect of the folds create different spaces which are intertwined and multiply whilst taking advantage of the lands' unevenness. Thus the building is a square and wall facing towards the street, with its empty space and arcade facing towards the park.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
East elevation - Night view.

The metallic structure which sustains the different levels, is a rhythmic constructor of the space it occupies, whose visual vanishing points prevent the viewer from having a perception of orthogonal divided up space. It is a leisure spot radically different on outlook from other restricted and pre ordained places. For that reason the building loses the feel of being static space, but becomes rather a focus of changing views on the place, whose double tensioning on a south-north and west-east axis tend to draw back.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
General view.

The aim of all materials used is to show the condition of lightness of the interior part, of the fluid and ever changing space which is in stark contrast to the stony coloured appearance of a skin which spreads out its mantel over all the space that it encompasses.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Access to the outer storytelling area.

The presence of differentiated light, on a vertical trajectory in the north-south passages, but on a horizontal plane in rooms for reading and everyday use, manages to confer a great spatial variety of uniformity and continuity of materials which assures overall building unity and easier maintenance.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Outer storytelling area.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Newspaper archives and reading room.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Newspaper archives and reading room.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Main hall.

Architecture-Page | Civivox Mendillorri by AH Asociados
Main hall.

Credits

  • Text: AH Asociados
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas - Proyectar

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