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Shelter Home for the Homeless / Javier Larraz

  • 01:00 - 5 April, 2011
Shelter Home for the Homeless / Javier Larraz
Shelter Home for the Homeless / Javier Larraz, © Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Navarre, Spain
  • Assistants

    Belén Beguiristáin Lahuerta, Juan Miguel García
  • Technical Architects

    Atec Aparejadores
  • Developer

    Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
  • Construction Company

    Mastil Marco S.L
  • Area

    995.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. What the construction of the new Shelter Home for the Homeless offers, beyond satisfying the needs of shelter and food for the residents, is an opportunity for improving the quality of life of a socially excluded group, whose needs reach further than the simple fact of finding a place to sleep.

© Iñaki Bergera
© Iñaki Bergera

The proposal defines a sound volume, able to assume with personality the intensity of use to which it is going to be subjected to, and being at the same time flexible in its functioning, where the interior configuration facilitates the coexistence among the different groups of users and allows for undertaking the different needs that are found in a relatively complex program in spite of its limited space: bedrooms, dining rooms, occupational workshops, leisure rooms, etc.

A silent box is proposed, that protects its contents from the curiosity of the onlookers, and that adequately integrates its reduced scale in a semi-urban, bleak environment.

The Project has undertaken an exercise of careful contention in various levels:

The centre offers shelter and food for its users. In exchange of these, they must get involved in the daily tasks of maintenance, such as cleaning, washing, gardening, painting,…searching in this way for a personal compromise and positively focusing the respect for the new installation

Cite: "Shelter Home for the Homeless / Javier Larraz" 05 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/124688/shelter-home-for-the-homeless-javier-larraz/>
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Ahti Kooskora · September 17, 2011

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SiguemeLaPista · May 03, 2011
Aleisa Mondolfi · April 13, 2011

En Navarra los damnificados o sin casa, tienen este buen edificio que los asila y alimenta a cambio de mantenimiento. http://bit.ly/gUnnqj

o_O · April 12, 2011

I rather think is like the Great Wall. Meant not for "protecting its contents from the curiosity of the onlookers", but protecting the onlookers from the silent fury of the box contents.
All in all, there are two faces of the same story: the architectural value (well done) and the social value (not so well done).
Shelter is the best attribute that I could find. It's no more than this. And it's a good one.
Shhh...elter.

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Jordan · April 12, 2011

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Urbain, trop urbain · April 10, 2011

[Best of] Boîtes compactes pour un lieu d&#39accueil aux sans-abri http://ow.ly/4wVXA #architecture

gonzalo rn · April 07, 2011

Esto es un refugio para los sin techo en España. Seguro que nos falta muy poco para ser un país desarrollado #irónico http://t.co/wXlmBf2

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Jose Luis Orihuela · April 06, 2011

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runli guo · April 06, 2011

Silence is gold

David Neustein · April 06, 2011

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sullka · April 05, 2011

870 euros per m2 is "economic"?.....wow...

Great project though.

ux2011 · April 13, 2011 03:16 PM

To be honest, that price is so low I can hardly believe that was actual cost of the building

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I.P. Freely · April 05, 2011

I think the gesture is kind to provide the beauty of stark minimalism for the homeless. However, gesture aside, I think a warmer enveloping design would have been better. Something reminiscent of a clinic probably isn't the best homecoming. And I AM including how I might feel if I were in the same shoes.

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h.a. · April 05, 2011

very funny indeed!! "Are the homeless going to appreciate inhabiting a stark, minimalist environment the way you or I would?" I am sure the homeless are the of the same kind as me and you, and indeed grateful enough to have a warm bed and a plate of soup.

regarding context, there is certain vibration between black trees on background and cladding, although the landscaping around is still undefined. Will settle fine I think

Sam75 · April 05, 2011 09:06 PM

Minimalist yes, I think they are in a better position than you and I to understand the basic needs answered by such an architecture.

iain · April 05, 2011 07:24 PM

From the blurb above:

"...whose needs reach further than the simple fact of finding a place to sleep."

And from h.a:

"...grateful enough to have a warm bed and a plate of soup"

The project claims to aim for more than you suggests it needs to. I, and possibly others, are questioning whether it really does or just applies the same old architectural formula to tidy up a societal problem rather than do anything to actually solve it.

tDA · April 05, 2011

Strong simple forms with a crisp execution of details.
However; what about context? What about architecture lifting the spirits of the human condition? Are the homeless going to appreciate inhabiting a stark, minimalist environment the way you or I would?
Will this raise their hopes or make them feel institutionalized?
I fear the latter.

mvb · April 06, 2011 09:20 AM

So, you mean that is better if homeless live in a smelly carton board surrounded by garbage (homeless context) because they do not have any idea about minimalism design nor architecture. Congrats! That was the most unfortunate comment I have ever read in here.

dezzo · April 05, 2011

I don't mind being homeless!

Iain · April 05, 2011

Shipping containers left aside a comatose industry to quietly house society's leftovers whilst their fate/futures are never quite decided upon.

Space for more or readily removable should their lack of fancy ensure they are helpfully short term.

Are they more cynical or am I? I never know anymore.

james · April 06, 2011 12:41 PM

thats easy. you are.

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