Occupying the site which, in years past, was the Palace of the Kings of Navarra, the Royal and General Archive of Navarra (Pamplona), deep within the same city walls, is one of the most ancient and emblematic historical buildings in Navarra.
When the local highways department wanted a new headquarters building located in Navarra, Spain, they commissioned architects Vaillo + Irigaray who brought wit to a simple office building. They created a sunscreen made from rusty steel sections and gabion walls filled with shredded tyres.
The plan is simply organized in a linear fashion to take advantage of views to the south. Support spaces are arranged along the northern side of the building, whilst parking is beneath at ground floor level where it is shady.
The south façade has a ripple in its appearance that introduces a sense of movement. Its form was generated from particular shifts in the site topography. Without this, the façade might seem monotonous.
The short end walls have the wonderful gabion cladding filled with shredded tyres, a nod of course to the function of the highways department itself, but bringing a beautiful texture and an interesting play of light to the building.
Gamesa is a multinational company engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of wind turbines for green energy production. The building is situated in a micro-suburban landscape into a business park. This technology park, located in Pamplona (Navarra), is characterized by an implantation of buildings in isolation, in a green environment. Surrounded by road links, the project responds as a great infraestructural milestone, as a large transparent tank. An autonomous geometry floating on a green hillside.
Carrying out an exercise of coherence and economy of means, the intention is to meet the requirements of the property with minimal resources:
-The visibility and positioning of the building.
- Interior nighttime lighting for safety.
- Transparency of the facade and interior-exterior bidirectional visibility.
- And, very important, reducing energy consumption of all facilities.