OKE / aq4 arquitectura

  • 04 Dec 2012
  • Cultural Featured Selected Works
© Adrià Goula Sardà

Architects: aq4 arquitectura
Location: , Vizcaya, Spain
Team: Ibon Bilbao, Jordi Campos Garcia, Caterina Figuerola Tomás, Carlos Gelpí Almirall
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

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Project Area: 3,472 sqm
Collaborators : Iván Pena, Alberto Berga, Javier González, Albert Duque, María Ruiz, Mónica Molas, Alessandra Sirianni
Client: City of Ortuella


OKE is the new Ortuella Culture House, in the former mining area of Vizcaya. There is no extraction of iron sulfate. The valleys that previously received rusty sand dunes, now pile groups of metal ships lacquered in polygons. Everything has been erased, and there is no trace.


We have been lucky enough to build there, where a main street and a square can be joined. OKE looks from side to side through a road, as far as possible, to see and be seen from a distance in a precise approach maneuver.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

It is a structure that alternates bays of 380 and 750 centimeters to facilitate storage and different activities. Each bay defines its own section. From the topography of the valley, the roofs are displayed as facades.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

We knew the scale of the underground infrastructures. We wanted to build something that was there long before the absurd polygons.

Section 01


Place a building perpendicular to the main route of Ortuella to look at both sides of the valley. See and be seen from a distance.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

Connect Otxartaga Square, the most significant public space of the village with Catalina Gibaja Street. Use this opportunity to make the new house of culture “stretch” the plaza to the street and the street to the plaza.

Floor Plan Level 1 Culture House

Shaping the volumes that define the building to respond to the different topographic levels that delimit the place.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

Complete a new urban route where existing exterior spaces connect with different activities in the library, square and street.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

Working with the topography to define two different access and uses that are set by the program. The parking entrance from the existing one on the plaza, can give direct access to Catalina Gibaja street (height 0.00 m).

Section 04

Allow the Multipurpose Room to function independently, with an access of 3.35 m as part of the new plaza, where different activities can be developed, although the rest of the building is closed.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

Define the empty space – filled space with a succession of bands of different widths, where the program is finding its place.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

Allow a flexible organization by equipping with spaces that serve for predictable and unpredictable uses of the house of culture.

© Adrià Goula Sardà

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Cite: "OKE / aq4 arquitectura" 04 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=301687>
  • Rizky Muzakir

    I’m in love!

  • Ali Manço

    Loved it.

  • Tonino Vicari

    What is the exterior material? Steel or copper?

    • Yorick

      Corten steel

  • http://www.renderingofarchitecture.com Raul Alfaro

    Excelente trabajo. Un elemento singular y realmente atractivo manteniendo una muy buena integración dentro del tejido urbano de la zona. El juego de volumenes “in crecendo” del conjunto es realmente sugerente, no sólo en el edificio en si si no también en las terrazas exteriores que son tan importantes como el gran contenedor. Los espacios interiores muestran un trabajo detallado, con mimo y cariño destacando la biblioteca con esa seción tan interesante y una fachada muy matizada entre luces y sombras.

    EXCELENTE TRABAJO AQ4. Enhorabuena y mucha suerte.

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