Occidens Museum, a “mental territory” in Pamplona by Vaillo + Irigaray

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

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

Inside the cathedral complex, the Occidens Museum, built in Pamplona (north of Spain) by Antonio Vaíllo and Juan Luis Irigaray, offers a tour of 4,500m2 divided in 12 rooms that invites to know the origins of the West. Strengthening the relationship between art and architecture  -with archaeological remains dating between centuries II. C. and VIII d. C., and Romanesque and Gothic constructions- different atmospheres are adapted to every age  in the exhibition and every space of the historical complex. The museum discourse takes as thread a black steel structure, turned on walkway, bench, lampadario and exhibition stand. It ‘floats’ between the various rooms, giving unity to the whole exhibition.

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

From the architect. 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.

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

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

The project enhances the relationship between content-continent, between architecture and art works by devising different atmospheres appropriate to each time and each space. The Gregorian and baroque music that sounds deep from every room achieves a supreme spirit effect in the space.

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

 

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.

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 explain while lighting, guiding and giving content to the travel…

 

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Occidens Museum by Vaillo+Irigaray © Rubén Pérez Bescós

Project Data

Architects / architects:
VAILLO + IRIGARAY ARCHITECTS.
Vaíllo Antonio, Juan L. Irigaray, Daniel Galar, Josecho Vélaz

Partners / colaborators:
Felipe Pou, architect, Javier Gil, architect, Inigo Beguiristain, architect, Angel Alvarez, Oscar Martinez, Eva Fernández

Commissioner / curator:
Javier Aizpún

Creative Director, Architecture, Museology and graphic design / creative direction, architecture, museography and graphic design:
VAILLO + IRIGARAY ARCHITECTS.

Builder / building contractor:
VAILLO + IRIGARAY ARCHITECTS.

Partners / Collaborators guilds:
Structure / Structure: OPERA Engineering, Raul Escrivá
Metalworking / Metal works: LARUMBE, Goyo Larumbe
Electrical / Lighting elements: Irago
Fabrics / Fabrics: PERONI
Prints and vinyl / Vinyls: LUMINOSOS URDEN
Glassware / Glazing: Iralde
Audiovisual / Audiovisual: SIENA
Interactive Communication / Interactive comunication: INNOVAE VISION
Carpentry / Wooden elements: DECONA
Museum script and Audiovisual / Museographic script and Audiovisual Production Production:
Carlos Bernard – NICLOW
Client / developer:
Archbishop of Pamplona
Project / project:
October 2011 / october 2011
Full time / date of completion:
October 2012 / october 2012
Budget / cost:
€ 1,000,000
Surface / surface:
2,000 m²

 

Documents

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Site plan © Vaillo+Irigaray

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General plan © Vaillo+Irigaray

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Floor plan © Vaillo+Irigaray

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Black steel plate details © Vaillo+Irigaray

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Textile details © Vaillo+Irigaray

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© Vaillo+Irigaray

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© Vaillo+Irigaray

Model sections © Vaillo+Irigaray

 

 

architects Vaillo + Irigaray

Antonio Vaíllo (Barcelona, 1960) and Juan Luis Irigaray (Navarra, 1956) are the founders of VAILLO + IRIGARAY ARCHITECTS currently led by Daniel Galar (Navarra, 1979) and Jose Luis Velaz (Jaén, 1971).
All of them came from the School of Architecture of the University of Navarra.

Working method in the office is based on the concept of project strategy, which embraces the widest range of possible scales, from a simple bench to the whole city. It proposes a creative process that will develop founding concepts to be equally applied to management, procedures and design. VAILLO+IRIGARAY ARCHITECTS conceive design from a multifocal perspective, so they deal with matters from diverse points of view to contribute unifying solutions.
Our source of inspiration is the project itself: the client, function, program, financial resources… are just raw materials to creativity.

Consequently, every project has a unique personality, every project demands exclusive materials and details: every project requires an investigation process and a precise development, according to specific needs. The office structure is organized in four areas:

eLAB: Experimental laboratory for basic creativity to explore urban, social, cultural needs. It is oriented to generate new patterns of interaction with the world of industry, architecture and art.
I + D + i: Innovation and research with the intention to face the needs in every project according to the world of industry, construction and arts and crafts.
BRANDing 360°: Platform to promote brand strategy as a 360º process.
PROJECTS: Area for design and definition of urban, architectural and industrial projects.

 

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Drawings by Vaillo+Irigaray.
Photography by Ruben P. Bescós.
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