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Shelter Home for the Homeless / Javier Larraz

  • Architects: Javier Larraz
  • 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: Iñaki Bergera

© Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera © Iñaki Bergera

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

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