Civivox / AH Asociados

Architects: AH Asociados – Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Marcos Escartín Miguel
Location: Pamplona, Navarra,
Collaborators: Sara Mattivi, Ruth Marín, Pablo Branchi, Javier Zalacain, Daniel Maestu, Miguela Modrego, Susana Ruiz de Galarreta
Riggers: Miguel Aldaz García Mina, María López Morquecho
Structural Engineering: GE & Asociados Ingenieros Instalaciones
Promotor: Ayuntamiento de Pamplona, Gobierno de Navarra
Contractor: H.M. Compañía General de Construcción S.A.
Project year: 2002
Construction year: 2005
Constructed Area: 3,327.7 sqm
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas – Proyectar

In the surroundings of the central park in Mendillorri, it has been proposed a building which keeps a relationship with the surrounding area, its views, and its functions. A type of monument which distances itself from people hasn’t been sought out, but rather a constructed place which plays second fiddle to the park and the palace, to the lake and the inner landscape. For that reason the plots plateau has been altered as if it were a matter of a stone pavement in a public place which unfurls itself and rises up from below to gladly accept public resources. The effect of the folds create different spaces which are intertwined and multiply whilst taking advantage of the lands’ unevenness. Thus the building is a square and wall facing towards the street, with its empty space and arcade facing towards the park.

The metallic structure which sustains the different levels is a rhythmic constructor of the space it occupies, whose visual vanishing points prevent the viewer from having a perception of orthogonal divided up space. It is a leisure spot radically different on outlook from other restricted and pre ordained places. For that reason the building loses the feel of being static space, but becomes rather a focus of changing views on the place, whose double tensioning on a south-north and west-east axis tend to draw back.

The aim of all materials used is to show the condition of lightness of the interior part, of the fluid and ever changing space which is in stark contrast to the stony coloured appearance of a skin which spreads out its mantel over all the space that it encompasses.

The presence of differentiated light, on a vertical trajectory in the north-south passages, but on a horizontal plane in rooms for reading and everyday use, manages to confer a great spatial variety of uniformity and continuity of materials which assures overall building unity and easier maintenance.

Cite: "Civivox / AH Asociados" 05 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • viniruski

    Any concrete is porn that arouses me. But sometimes these rhombloid trapazoidal forms create more problems than they solve. But if someone else wants to pay for or deal with it so us architectural perverts can get our rocks off, then by all means, lets not hinder it. Images of plans are too small for my squinty pervert eyes this morning, but i like how each facade takes on a different personality as many promiscuous trollips do.

  • walter faulk

    like your comments. i have always called it architectural masturbation. nice project.

  • Lucas Gray

    Nice building. I love the use of the fins to unify the facade while allowing the windows behind to fit the internal functions. There are some amazing designs coming out of spain these days. I need to move there!

  • viniruski

    To Walter:

    If it’s wrong to masturbate at work, then I don’t want to be right.

  • Steven

    Nice building. Too bad it isn’t described simply. That kind of writing is useless.

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