• Exterior view of the Plaza de la Lbertad Square
    Plaza de la Libertad
  • Site plan with the Plaza de la Libertad square and three buidlings
    Site plan
  • Long section through the Plaza de la Libertad Square
    Long section through Plaza de la Libertad
  • Interior view of the main hall
    City Hall Chamber
  • Cross section through the buildings and connection platforms
    Cross section
  • Interior view of the atrium in one of the office buildings
    Atrium in one of the new additions
  • Office spaces typical plan
    Office spaces typical floor plan

Pamplona City Hall

Pamplona, Spain

The proposal for the refurbishment of the former Monument to the Fallen in Pamplona into a new City Hall building is triggered by the firm conviction that the complex on Plaza de la Libertad should not  be demolished. Our cities are active witnesses of the different stages of our rich history, and as such, they should be understood as a superposition of diverse layers representing the imprint of all different regimes, milestones and events in our society. Consequently, we should not  aim to erase the historic layers that don’t match our most present values, but to accept them, learn from them, and assimilate them in the most productive manner in order to serve today’s society as a whole. This poses the intellectual challenge of how to re-appropriate a monument built during a totalitarian fascist regime, in order to serve the entire collective of a new, united and democratic Pamplona. How should we lay a new historic layer to the palimpsest of Plaza de la Libertad?

In response to this dilemma, we propose the use of the monumental building to house a new seat for Pamplona City Hall. The project takes advantage of the site’s ideal location between the areas of Segundo Ensanche and Lezkairu in order to generate a new pole of civic activity in the geographic center of the expanding city. Architectural barriers are eliminated, and a new square is proposed to host all kinds of public initiatives, such as demonstrations, markets, fairs or concerts. This allows for an inclusive and participative way of understanding Pamplona’s public realm.

Location
Pamplona, Spain

Area
16.796 m2

Client
Pamplona City Hall

Status
Competition, shortlisted

PRÁCTICA Team
Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral and José Ramón Sierra with Teresa Celaya and Alonso Rosa

Renderings
Martín Azcárate

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