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  5. Vaillo + Irigaray Architects
  6. 2012
  7. Occidens Museum / Vaillo + Irigaray

Occidens Museum / Vaillo + Irigaray

  • 01:00 - 12 July, 2013
Occidens Museum / Vaillo + Irigaray
Occidens Museum / Vaillo + Irigaray, © Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

© Ruben Perez Bescos © Ruben Perez Bescos © Ruben Perez Bescos © Ruben Perez Bescos + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Navarrería, 39, 31001 Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Antonio Vaíllo, Juan L. Irigaray, Daniel Galar, Josecho Vélaz
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Collaborators

    Felipe Pou, Javier Gil, Iñigo Beguiristain, Ángel Álvarez, Oscar Martínez, Eva Fernández
  • Structure

    OPERA Ingeniería, Raúl Escrivá
  • Metal works

    LARUMBE, Goyo Larumbe
  • Lighting elements

  • More Specs Less Specs
© Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

Text description provided by the architects. Occidens museum takes place into the Pamplona’s cathedral complex, crossing various spaces of different times: archaeological excavations II c fC-VIIIc aC, Romanesque palace, XI c, Archbishop's Palace XII c, and the gothic constructions of the Archdeacon palace of the XIV-XVI c.

© Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

The Museum is conceived as a narrative project closer to a cinematographic discipline than to the conventional schemes of the museum through a discourse deployed through different frames and different reading levels: signs, images, objects, sounds, text, projections, codes, smells and atmospheres…

© Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

The project enhances the relationship between content-continent, between architecture and art works by devising different atmospheres appropriate to each time and each space.

© Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

The unity of the museum –composed of architectures of different times- is achieved by using a carpet of steel that meanders through the various rooms of millenarian architectures floating between archaic atmospheres without touching the footprints of the past, giving unity to the whole exhibition.

© Ruben Perez Bescos
© Ruben Perez Bescos

The project is implemented by a single resource: a carpet of steel that works as a guiding thread of the whole exhibitions its, without touching, winding through the different rooms from different times. A single resource, flexible and ambivalent, is able to realize its potential to generating an iconography able to provide homogeneity to an uneven set in time and space.

A black steel plate 1 cm thick is bent and drilled to become gangway, pavement, bench, lamp, exhibitor… the drilled text sexplain while lighting, guiding and giving content to the travel...


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Cite: "Occidens Museum / Vaillo + Irigaray" 12 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884