House B2 / Vaillo + Irigaray


Architects: Vaillo + Irigaray / Antonio Vaillo + Juan Luis Irigaray
Location: Pamplona,
Project manager: Maite Damboriena
Rigger: José Ignacio Sola y Julián Damboriena
Structure: Javier Errea Argaiz – DASEIN.engineers
Facilities: Luis Miguel Navarro
Contractor: CONSLAU S.L.
Project year: 2004-2005
Photographs: Jose M. Cutillas & Joan Mundó

casa-b2_02 casa-b2_08 casa-b2_14 casa-b2_20

The site is surrounded by the convulsive presence of buildings in all sizes, types of use and circulations, where simultaneously an extreme calm and the main circulation of the city live together, conforming a confuse and complex environment, result of a territorial fight on the boundaries of the city.




Similar to a geode, a mineral formation amorphous on its exterior, but that once open or broken shows a void full of semi-precious crystalized nature structures; the house proposes a neutral skin, dark, absolute, on the faces that conform the cube, and as a cut or excavation, a different geometric formations appears, with a high contrast in a red color (tule, brick, mud… ), showing the inner richness of the house… in a didactic way, the house pretends to show its inner structure, where the main rooms are open to the south, sheltered from the north.

Cite: "House B2 / Vaillo + Irigaray" 14 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


  1. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    Stunning, is the word. Each of the home’s exceedingly different facades are well-executed. One is opaque, but not to a fault, including interestingly placed windows, and the other is transparent, but not to a fault, allowing for a modicum of privacy through the use of louvers. The L-shaped plan merely enhances the contrast of each personality, and they are united by a bright, clean, interior.

  2. Thumb up Thumb down 0

    i found pretty interesting the outside look; but those quality lacking drawins hide many mistakes, like the entrance door space next the stairs, and some mirrowed pictures confuse a little bit

Share your thoughts