BUILDING FOR NEW NORVENTO HEADQUARTER

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationPamplona, Spain
CompanyMangado Y Asociados S.L.
Lead DesignerFRANCISCO MANGADO
Design TeamARCHITECTURE: Sergio Helguera I Jose M. Gastaldo I Luis Alves I Eduardo Ruiz I Angel Martinez I Paula Juango. arqs. QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Ramón Fernández STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: IDI Ingenieros. INSTALLATIONS ENGINEERING: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L. ENERGY-EFFICIENCY ENGINEERING: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L. ENERGY CONCEPT: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L. LIGHTING: NORVENTO ENERXIA S.L.

Norvento’s Research Center is located between an industrial enclave and a forest, close to the city of Lugo. The form of the building is open to the forest and in a continuum with it, capitalizing on all the attributes that the woods can contribute to the architecture. The project is based on a reflection about the office type and proposes a new manner of working and researching. The workplace must have a certain ‘domesticity,' a place which is not defined, but in daily reinvention, through interaction with users. The floor plan presents areas stretching on and becoming part of the park, in order to structure each department in an autonomous way, enabling programs to be enlarged in the future. A key objective is to create an image that is easy to recognize, coherent with the attitude of the firm Norvento. The choice of a clearly ‘domestic’ two-pitched section, gives the objectives a built reality, with various heights, forming a rich longitudinal shape. Eucalyptus wood is used for all the facades. This material, commonly used in Galicia for making paper pulp, has been exploited in new technical applications, that can be further developed in the future.