European Forum / Vaillo + Irigaray

Architects: Vaillo + Irigaray / Antonio Vaillo + Juan Luis Irigaray
Location: Huarte, Navarra, Spain
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

Cloister

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 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=23628>
  • http://www.talkitect.com Lucas Gray

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/mrfidalgo/status/2067358308 mrfidalgo

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  • Balkan

    completely agree with u Lucas.

  • BROSALIN

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

  • 2MACoff

    планы понравились…

  • http://www.ft3arc.com Fino

    Amen Lucas

  • http://twitter.com/dorukozdemir/status/2068641588 Doruk Özdemir

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  • http://twitter.com/monsterhp/status/2069089302 Jeff Spring

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  • HoangDuy

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

  • NguyenLe

    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.

  • HoangDuy

    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.

  • corto

    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…

  • HoangDuy

    @corto: love your comment…

  • http://twitter.com/ling_rubik/status/2112269243 Ling Tiong

    European Forum by Vaillo + Irigaray: The building reuses the European tradition of the cloister as form structure http://bit.ly/xEmwb

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

  • jessi

    love it,simple,quiet,interpretation of natural

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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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