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CIB / Vaíllo & Irigaray

  • Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray & Galar
  • Location: Pamplona, Spain
  • Architects: Vaíllo & Irigaray & Galar - Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
  • Project Manager: Daniel Galar Irurre
  • Collaborators: Borja Benavent, David Eguinoa, Oscar Martínez, Juan Carlos de la Iglesia, Ángel Álvarez, Isabel Franco
  • Client: Navarre Health Service
  • Cost: 18,000,000 €
  • Area: 12150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas, Ruben P. Bescos

© Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas © Jose Manuel Cutillas

From the architect. The building propose an image inherent in its intrinsic functionality and therefore is manifested by an envelope that covers their characteristic forms. Somehow, we can say that the outer skin "layer" their internal structures. Plants are extreme (low: library and lounge acts... and cover: buildings) which encompass parts of the program more functional disparity.

© Jose Manuel Cutillas
© Jose Manuel Cutillas

Bio-mimicry: ... the camel, the polar bear and the leaf: the project aims to link with the content of the program: Bio-Medical Research, through the implementation of the Biomimicry (adaptation of biological systems and human artifacts procedimietos ) in the process of generation architecture.

© Jose Manuel Cutillas
© Jose Manuel Cutillas

They take these three bio-reference types to achieve similar adaptive systems:

The camel as a paradigm for functional section.

The polar bear skin as an example of multifunctional.

The leaf as integration between structural resolution and flexibility.

© Ruben P. Bescos
© Ruben P. Bescos
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