Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar in Navarra, Spain by gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos
February 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos
The Multipurpose Centre of the Valle de Salazar is an initiative of the Government of Navarra, framed within the Strategic Development Plan of the Pyrenees. It was designed to give the Valle a joint center for business and public facilities to centralize services to businesses and the community.
The functional aim is to host development infrastructure for the Valle de Salazar, including informational, social and administrative programs, as well as, the productive and commercial spaces that could reactivate the economic tissue in the region.
The scope of this programatic frame is the territorial scale of the entire Valle de Salazar. The Centre is an activation node for the Valle de Salazar scale, which is the scale of its lineal infrastructures (Salazar River and the NA-178 road), so that the building is considered an INFORMATIONAL LANDMARK that stands out ON THE EDGE OF THE ROAD in order to reach the principal goal: IDENTITY AND VISIBILITY.
The building is integrated successfully into the environment respecting and resolving the apparent contradiction offered by the location. The building is equally stressed by the requirements of an industrial environment and by a landscape of unique beauty that surrounds it.
The Centre is precisely inserted into the landscape and the local CONTEXT through the following devices: the use of a traditional pitched roof structure of the Navarre Pyrenees, employing the industrial typology from the surrounding area and capturing the natural qualities of the Valle de Salazar landscape to improve the visibility of the features of the middle Valle landscape (between the two main landscape nodes which are in the South, the Foces of Arbayún and Lumbier, and in the North side, the Selva de Irati). Finally, the building is integrated into the site through the three materials applied: steel sheets (industrial context), pinewood (economical and cultural context) and the local limestone (local and sustainable context).
The program has a hybrid nature, and comprehensive public (multipurpose area and public administration of the Valle) and private (commercial and industrial uses) functions. This is made possible through a TYPOLOGY designed around a sequence of three stripes with a changing section, which is very flexible for future functions and transversal connections.
The central stripe, or the join stripe of the complex, works as a temperature control according to the summer-winter cycles. In terms of energy, the building gets the highest rating possible, thanks to the generation of heat through a biomass boiler, which is a very appropriate solution due to the location in the Pyrenees and the important local timber industry. Due to the local climate, the building has a 120mm thick mineral wool insulation, well above what is required to ensure an optimal energy performance and minimize maintenance costs.
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