European Forum / Vaillo + Irigaray

Architects: Vaillo + Irigaray / Antonio Vaillo + Juan Luis Irigaray
Location: Huarte, Navarra,
Project manager: David Eguinoa, architect
Riggers: SIAT
Structure: Tadeo Errea – DASEIN
Contractor: OBENASA
Project year: 2003
Finished year: 2004
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

Basic minimum cell = Iso-space

The genesis of the project starts from a basic minimum cell, which as the minimal optimal space can be multiplied, adopting dimensions and structures depending on different uses. With this, the building is able to achieve a high flexibility, according to the ever changing requirements for this kind of program.

floor plans


The building re uses the “didactic” european tradition, the cloister concept as form structure: this way the program is articulated around a patio.

Perforated container

The “clothes”, acting as “veils”, with different transparency levels, responding to the mimetic abstract relation with the surrounding natural environment: the subtle reflections (as spider webs), the shiny baroque tones, with big embroideries, in front of the naked tree trunks in the winter or with the colorful autumn leafs. In this building the photography is “almost fake”: it´s only true at the time of the “click”… the rest of the thousands of moments, the building is different, each moment.. different.

Cite: "European Forum / Vaillo + Irigaray" 07 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


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    Wonderful. Using materiality and tectonics to make a simple form elegant and beautiful. This is what architecture is all about and what makes simple elegant buildings like this rise above the garbage so many firms are throwing out there and calling art.

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    я тоже агриии! это правда круто..очень…….Vaillo + Irigarayrulezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    i think it’s a litte boring, the elevation should be more open and attractive.

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    I don’t think it’s boring as HoangDuy’s comment. It’s attractive because of its simple elevation. That is the difference between Vietnam and other countries.

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    it’s not simple…it’s poor, it’s a solid box. As i Said, the elevation should be more open (friendly) because it’s located in a very large campus.

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    i agree with HoangDuy… simple is something different than poor… somehow this doesn’t have an abstract feel of completeness of a simple form.

    yet i liked it…

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    El patio español participaba de la construcción este es un espacio residual, por lo demás, muy bien

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    This look interesting,so far.
    If there’s anyone else here, let me know.
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.


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    Hey Everyone I am New, Iv been looking around this board for about a few hours as a guest. I found it extremely and it has helped out allot. I hope to stay around for a while and give something back.


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    Pardon me. Does someone realize how to define true EA from fraudulent and a real signal from fake? sorry for inconvinience

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    This is a very informative article.I was looking for these things and here I found it. I am doing a project and this information is very useful me.

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