LocationZaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Architect in ChargeJavier Maya, Estela Arteche
Site ManagementElena Sánchez, Jon Pérez, Enrique Morales
Building ServicesPilar Peco
ConstructionU.T.E Educación (Sacyr e Ideconsa)
Text description provided by the architects. It is a fortunate location within the campus. Surrounded by schools, colleges and next to the core of the campus.
Our proposal has been:
- To contribute a relationship with the exterior.
- To open up to the university environment.
Layout on the environment
Given the importance of the building on the environment, we have opted to group the program into:
TEACHING. Superimposed strata, offset, with slightly obtuse angles and richer spatial responses.
NON TEACHING. Disintegration of volumes that qualify the relationship with the ground, with an upper layer that protects, guides and signals the access.
We sense that there are spaces that can be accessed through a door, and there are others in which the indoor-outdoor transition needs another scale.
The arrangement of the two volumes directs, signals and orients the access path.
A fragmentation of the non-teaching volume qualifies the transition of access to the atrium which is responsible for receiving and distributing.
TEACHING. A space that houses classrooms, overhead lighting with slabs to avoid direct natural lighting, perimeter galleries, with the role of hosting, distributing and communicating physically, visually and spatially.
NON TEACHING. Space that houses different administrative programs, meeting rooms, offices, faculty, library ...
We think that curves are good, they facilitate circulation, orientation and lighting, resulting in spaces between volumes through which the user flows.