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MIKAELA HOUSE in Navarra, Spain by Francisco Mangado

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Article source:Francisco Mangado

Gorraiz, on the outskirts of Pamplona, is a recently developed upscale residential area whose architectures draw inspiration mainly from those of the past. Rare here are the houses with an autonomous and contemporary design. The only peculiarity of the plot where this house rises is its elevated position, affording views onto the golf courses of the lower part of the housing development. The design scheme starts from an abstract interpretation of the urban codes, by which at least 60% of the roof must have at least a 35% slope. Understood in strictly geometric and abstract terms, the codes define a section where exactly 60% of its linear progress must have a 35% slope, the remaining 40% of the roof being almost flat. With this initial section, the project attempts to make the most of the features of the resulting volume. The higher level contains the living areas, whereas the bedrooms and indoor swimming pool are beneath the flat part of the roof. A series of incisions articulate the different areas of the house and bring natural light into those that are farther apart from the perimeter, the largest of which is a courtyard that goes all the way down to the basement.

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

Image Courtesy © Francisco Mangado

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: MIKAELA HOUSE
  • Location: Gorraiz, Navarra, Spain
  • Collaborators:

    • Architecture: Carlos Pereda
    • Structural engineering: Jesús Goñi
    • Installations engineering: Iturralde y Sagües. Ingenieros
  • Total budget: 550.000 €
  • Surface Area : 950 m2
  • Year of project: 1997
  • Year of construction: feb 1999 – Oct 2002

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Pre-Primary School Centre in Navarra, Spain by Larraz Arquitectos

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Article source: Larraz Arquitectos 

We can talk about the perception of space as an educational proposal on its own, since education is mainly based in human contributions, but also on environmental ones, that affect the development of children’s potential, as well as the interaction between them and the environment. In order for a nursery, with children aged 0-3, to be able to ease or speed the learning process, it needs the building to be capable of suggesting new perceptions to children, and at the same time to satisfy the educators necessities. For these reasons the centre must be:

  • A place of suggestive and easily recognised circulation, with galleries to avoid crowds and show the child the relative position of spaces.
  • A clean and secure place, where neither the materials nor the installations involve the minimal risk for children.
  • A peaceful place, where everything, from the materials to its design, absorb noise and reverberation.
  • A bright place, where it is possible to enjoy as much natural light without sun glare, as the transformation of some spaces to generate shade.
  • A suggesting and stimulating place, where light, colour, sound, vegetation and space are elements that make it easier for the child to learn and play.
Image Courtesy © Larraz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Larraz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Larraz Arquitectos with CL Architects
  • Project: Pre-Primary School Centre
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
  • Client: Government of Navarre
  • Beginning date: 2006
  • Finishing date: 2007

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Elite Equestrian Center in Navarra, Spain by Francisco Mangado

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Article source: Francisco Mangado

The plot is in the middle of one of the most humid valleys of northern Navarre. A valley of gentle but sturdy hills, where the green pasture and oak trees configure a landscape of strong character, whose color changes with the seasons. A valley dotted with a system of small and relatively closely-woven urban cores, configured in an apparently random way. The buildings are formed of large unitary and isolated volumes that seem to touch, but that in truth compete with one another to show their bold architectural character. A boldness that draws on the climate conditions, but also on the production system – stockbreeding –, which in past times forced to accommodate in one same house people and animals. A boldness that is particularly evident in the roof, whose role is to bring together all the different contents. Boldness, in the end, of ‘Navarre’s buildings’. This is the context for an elite equestrian center specialized in dressage and with boarding stalls for horses: one of the strongest and most sophisticated forces created by nature.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Francisco Mangado
  • Project: Elite Equestrian Center
  • Location: Zenotz – Ultzama Valley, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Collaborators: David Martínez Grande, Janka Rust, César Martín Gómez.
  • Client: Private.
  • Awards: X Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning. Finalist,  FAD Awards 2009. Architecture and Interior Design category. Finalist, COAVN (Basque-Navarrese) Awards 2010, Industrial Construction category, Consolation prize, 7th Fassa Bortolo International Award for Sustainable Architecture, given by the School of Architecture of Ferrara, Italy. Finalist.
  • Total area: 5.200 m2
  • Year of construction: 2007-2008.
  • Total cost: 3.329.000 €
  • Year of project: 2006.

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Casa PA in Gorráiz, Navarra by Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Article source: Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos

Surrounded by various buildings, the only interesting sight offered at the back, sloping meadow crowned by the castle and the ruins of the church (at the time of writing the project). This situation pushes introversion: A south facing L, defined by a concrete volume of copper cover, which protects against northern winds and noises of the street, hugging a main courtyard to pouring the day area, bounded in its two remaining sides by elongated pond, leaning against another wall, and a small guest pavilion.

Image Courtesy © Luis Prieto

  • Architects: Tabuenca & Leache, Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa PA
  • Location: Gorráiz, Navarra
  • Photography: Luis Prieto
  • Construction company: Lantegia
  • Surface area: 486 m2
  • Start date: June 2003
  • Completion date: May 2005
  • Contributors: Pedro Ansa, architect, Beatriz Gastesi, architecture and construction engineer

CASA LORENZO in Gorráiz, Navarra, SPAIN by Juan M. Otxotorena

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Article source: Juan M. Otxotorena

The plot of an almost rectangular shape has an approximate size of 15 meters wide by 29 meters long, with a Northeast-Southeast orientation in its longest axis. Its upper part runs alongside an access road, and its bottom part with another on which there is a rising slope, defined in the first section by means of a talus; the other parts adjoin similar plots. It belongs to a series of closely built houses, with very little space between them: it is part of a series of consecutive, adjacent plots of similar characteristics which, as a group, are one of the building developments of the Castillo de Gorraiz housing estate very near to the city of Pamplona.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Juan M. Otxotorena
  • Project:CASA LORENZO
  • Location: Gorráiz, Navarra, SPAIN
  • Photography: Pedro Pegenaute
  • Collaborators architects: Gloria Herrera, Juan José Peralta
  • Construction area: 446,20 m2
  • Date: 2008

Interpretation Center for Agriculture and Livestock in Navarra, Spain by Aldayjover

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Article source: Aldayjover

The agricultural foundation Fundagro is an institution for the promotion of organic farming and the recuperation of biodiversity in local garden vegetable seeds. The foundation is located in Aranzadi Park, which is a recovered meander of the Arga River, on the high course of the Ebro River basin as it passes through Pamplona. This meander was strongly affected by human activity during the twentieth century, during which sports, religious and social facilities, building lots with private dwellings, and land movements to contain the river, had transformed its morphology and landscape away from a natural meander.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Pegenaute

  • Architects: Aldayjover
  • Project: Interpretation Center for Agriculture and Livestock
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó, Pedro Pegenaute
  • Client: Ayuntamiento De Pamplona
  • Year: 2012

Tudela Courts in Navarra, Spain by Otxotorena Arquitectos

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Article source: Otxotorena Arquitectos

The building occupies a singular geometry plot, the available space has the form of an almost equilateral triangle whose facades give urban roads of different character. On one side is the Avenue of Merindades that is the only way that surrounds the building and therefore must accommodate the road access, the building also offers street facade of The Almoceda having pedestrian nature, while its third façade overlooking the park leading down to the shore of Queiles.

Image Courtesy © Rubén Pérez Bescós 

  • Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
  • Project: Tudela Courts
  • Location: Tudela, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Rubén Pérez Bescós & José Manuel Cutillas
  • Architect and construction management: Juan M. Otxotorena, Mariano González Presencio, José Javier Esparza
  • Collaborators architects: Miren Pérez, Maialen Avizanda
  • Quantity surveyors: Isabelino Río
  • Facilities engineering: AM ingenieros
  • Promoter: Navarre Gobernment
  • Construction company: OHL
  • Construction area: 7.465,20 m2  
  • Date2010

Nursery School in Berriozar, Spain by Javier Larraz Arquitectos

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Article source: Javier Larraz, Iñigo Beguiristain and Iñaki Bergera

According to Louis I. Kahn the first school began under a tree, when a man who knew he was a teacher began to discuss what he had learned with others who did not know they were students. Like those students, children under 3 years old learn intuitively and unconsciously. Drawing a parallel with the story of Kahn, one might wonder about the role that tree, that is, architecture, plays in the practice of teaching.

Image Courtesy © Iñaki Bergera 

  • Architects: Javier Larraz, Iñigo Beguiristain and Iñaki Bergera
  • Project: Nursery School in Berriozar
  • Location: Calle Errota, Berriozar, Navarra, Spain
  • Photography: Iñaki Bergera, Javier Larraz, Iñigo Beguiristain
  • Architects: Iñigo Beguiristain and Iñaki Bergera
  • Collaborator: Juan Miguel García
  • Technical Architects: Atec Aparejadores
  • Engineering: Naven Ingeniería de Instalaciones
  • Structure: FS Estructuras
  • Project date: October 2009
  • Construction date: June 2011 – May 2012
  • Developer: Berriozar Municipality / Ayuntamiento de Berriozar
  • Budget: 1.308.055,34 €
  • Cost per m2: 1.023 €/m
  • Project Area: 1278.01 sqm (construction) + 602 sqm (urbanization)
  • Main contractor: H.N.V. Harinsa Navasfalt, S.A.

Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar in Navarra, Spain by gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

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.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Fernando Alda)

  • Architect: gutiérrez-delafuente arquitectos – Natalia Gutiérrez Sánchez y Julio de la Fuente Martínez
  • Name of project: Multipurpose Centre Valle de Salazar
  • Location: Bussiness Park, Iciz (Gallués), Navarra, Spain
  • Project and construction: 2010-2011
  • Client: Navarra de Suelo Residencial, S.A. Gobierno de Navarra
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda
  • Software used: Autocad 2010 and Photoshop

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Medical Centre in Milagro, Navarra by Doblee Architect

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Article source: Doblee

The project, beside giving content to the program of a medical doctor’s office, tries to generate a dialog between the interior of the building and the public space that surrounds it, having in it counts the sun and the spaces of privacy of the consultations.

Image Courtesy Josema Cutillas

  • Architects: Doblee Architect
  • Project: Medical Centre in Milagro
  • Location: parcel nº 782 of the polygon nº1, between the street Profesor Turrillas and San Juan Avenue, Milagro, Navarra (Spain).
  • Architect Design: Borja Izaguirre Larrañaga, Cristina Arregi Gonzalo, Silvia Echeverría Echeverría, Beatriz Gil Rodríguez
  • Promoter: Town Hall of Milagro (Spain)
  • Constructed Area: 653 m2
  • Date: From:   August 2009 Finish: April 2010
  • Budget: 588.420 Euros
  • Photography: Josema Cutillas

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