jesus torres garcia architectes: non program pavilion jesus torres garcia architectes: non program pavilion
jan 29, 2013

jesus torres garcia architectes: non program pavilion

‘non program pavilion’ by jesus torres garcia architectes, salobreña, spainimage © jesus torres garciaall images courtesy of jesus torres garcia architectes



‘how to build in a natural landscape?’


the phrase, based on the late niemeyer’s approach to design, drove the entire concept behind the ‘non program pavilion’ in the extraordinary mediterranean terrain of southern spain. designed by paris-based spanish practice jesus torres garcia architectes, the project is considered as the result of two important factors: the relationship between the form and landscape, and the connection of the structure to the ground. the gentle curving footprint sprouted in response to the natural contours of the land, as the entire structure is supported by an anvil-like foundation that embeds itself into the ground in only one point, minimizing the impact on the ground. all the elements that make up the space and the construction are conceived as an extension of the natural context, rather than an intervention. the wrapping large glass facade reflects the surrounding views lending to a perceived transparency from afar, at night the interior activities glow through the space to the external world. the concrete shear wall and roof system benefit from passive thermal mass heating that can be very effective in the hot climate, while the reflective window helps to control solar gain.


as the pavilion itself has no predetermined program, part of the challenge was to design a space that would accommodate almost any activity and size of group. complete with a small office, the generally rounded square shape of the main room can easily be used for school excursions, meetings, concerts, exhibitions or nearly any other function, while the building itself exists as an educational tool exhibiting the integrated sustainable features in contemporary design.



video © jesus torres garcia architectes



wood and glass envelopeimage © jesus torres garcia



fluid wall formsimage © jesus torres garcia



voids embedded into the outer envelope as natural shadingimage © jesus torres garcia



glass facade reflects sun while offering viewsimage © jesus torres garcia



structure disappears in the environmentimage © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia



adaptation of the exterior skin throughout the dayimage © jesus torres garcia



vertical wooden planks wrap the side of the structureimage © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia 



(left) reflected landscape(right) entryimage © jesus torres garcia



entry sequenceimage © jesus torres garcia



concrete shear walls define the spaces and circulationimage © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia



panoramic view of the exteriorimage © jesus torres garcia



image © jesus torres garcia



interior glows at nightimage © jesus torres garcia




site plan



floor plan / level 0



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structural diagram / porosity



ventilation diagram



acoustical diagram






project info:



team: jesús torres garcía, architect . laura gonzález romero, architect . alba márquez cañas, student . juan diego guarderas garcía · quantity surveyorarea: 263 m2budget: 283.000 eurosphotography: jesús torres garcía.

  • nicely done…… “More is less. Less is more.”
    to give one pause
    TATA….. things as they are
    there are few here that have stopped me as this did
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • Such an amazing project, ¡enhorabuena! Love the way the building gets integrated into its surrounding and only appears at night: very inspiring!

    asdevargas says:
  • It’s beautiful, but I don’t understand the choice of wood.
    In such a dry locale the wood will deteriorate very very quickly and cracking if not bending.
    Even if it has a clear finish. Clear stains simply do not protect against ultra violet light and low humidity.
    Maybe a better material could have been found.

    james Martin says:

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