Francisco MANGADO

Office Building for the University of Navarra+


Pamplona. Navarra-Spain

2.500 m2

The project is located in front of the University Hospital of the University of Navarra, separated by a road with a lot of traffic and in an area that is elevated with respect to the remaining campus, which looks southwards. From this spot one can see almost the entire complex.

The program includes offices for three different departments that are part of the University but function autonomously, and that attend frequent visits from students but also from people not connected to the University (hospital clients, for instance). The size of the plot encouraged to design a linear building. In the interior, the three departments are structured as independently built “volumes” articulated by double-height landscaped spaces that perform as access and information areas. The facade is glazed, but it tries to gather certain “materiality” with the construction of a wooden framework that gives the enclosure a certain “body”. To muffle the noise from the nearby road and reduce the level of warming of the south facade, the wooden facade is covered with one of glass, so generating a space that helps to control temperature. The desired result is a rational building representative of the values of “modernity” and “efficiency” that the University stands for.

Avenida de Pío XII, 2-801, 31009 Pamplona, Navarra, España

FAD Awards 2004. Architecture Category
FAD Awards.First Prize: Baluarte. Auditorium and Congress Center of Navarre, Pamplona.Selected Project: Office Building for the University of Navarre, Pamplona.
Future Arquitecturas #41-42
La Gaceta de los Negocios: La Gaceta Fin de Semana
La Gaceta de los Negocios. Madrid (Spain)
TC Cuadernos 72-73: Francisco Mangado. Arquitectura 1998-2006
Opere e progetti: Francisco Mangado
Mondadori Electa. Milan (Italy)
ISBN-10: 9788837031879
On Diseño #258: Offices
AIT: Ausbau, 1/ 2004 (Best of Europe: Office)
Verlagsanstalt Alexander Koch GmbH. Leinfelden (Germany)
Arquitectura COAM #338
Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. (Spain)
ISBN-13: 2910010295885
ISSN: 0004-2706
Proyectar Navarra #84
Office Building for Gamesa Eólica
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New Technologies Training Center
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Center for Technological Research CEIT
With a very specific program and an austere budget, the project gathers in a single building a Center for Research on New Technologies and a School of Telecommunications Engineering. The new construction is located in the Basque Country, on the outskirts of San Sebastián in a park surrounded by tall pine trees, where there are other companies devoted to the same fields of study.The sloping topography of the area is at the same time an inconvenience and the essential guideline for the project design. The building, whose interior layout addresses the compact logic of a program that basically alternates offices and laboratories in a double bay floor plan, concentrates the main decisions in section. Unlike the majority of surrounding constructions, in contact with the ground, this large volume is detached from the same to allow the entry of light on ground floor along the entire perimeter. This option provides a larger amount of quality space without having to increase the height of the building – which was strictly determined –, and also leaves space to place skylights that draw light into the large basement containing the machinery. The full height of the interior corridor dividing the area of offices and laboratories is also illuminated thanks to a sequence of skylights covering the section of the building.A large bridge, which connects the retaining wall of the terrain and the building, houses the accesses. The tilted wall goes up without touching the volume in an attempt to define the relative “independence” of the piece with respect to the terrain. Over the void that is left between the building and the retaining wall, a huge cantilevering structure provides shelter from the rain and also establishes a spatial relationship – certainly ambiguous but real – with the drawn boundaries of the topography.