The plot on which the nursery school is located is in the southeast corner of Sarriguren and it is bounded by the Ibia Street to the north, Elizmendi Street to the south, Doñana Street to the east and Ordesa Street to the west. It is a plot with a small upward slope to the north that does not condition the location of the building.

Name of the Studio: Otxotorena Arquitectos, WARQS S.L.
Design Team: Project Authors Juan M. Otxotorena, WARQS S.L. (Mariano J. González Presencio & José J. Esparza). Collaborating architects Catalina Delgado, Miren Pérez, Maialen Avizanda. Technical Architects Isabelino Río, Juan Ignacio Iriarte. Structural Engineering ALBERDI estructuras. Building Services JG Ingenieros.
Area: 1.057,00 m2
Year:  2020
Location:  Sarriguren, Valle de Egues. Navarre
Photography: José Manuel Cutillas

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The volume is characterized by its simplicity; naturally the uses are arranged at the north end of the plot around a street that is signified externally by the appearance of a skylight running from east to west.

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The resulting volume appears, then, as an extrusion of the building section that collects the sequence, services-street-classrooms-porch-garden in which the upper presence of the skylight volume stands out.

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In the encounter with the access street, the main facade is articulated by collecting the different surface needs, of different uses which cause the appearance of a broken guideline that is cut against the sloping plane of the eaves. A filter of colored vertical elements protects the interior activity from exterior views and introduces a colorful contrast with the volumetric sobriety of the whole. The presence of these same colored vertical elements in the enclosure of the plot contributes to extend this contrast to the building as a whole.

otxotorena  arquitectos

Born in San Sebastián, Juan-Miguel Otxotorena graduated in Architecture at the University of Navarre, Spain, in 1983. He was distinguished with the Extraordinary Award for his Doctorate in 1987. In 1990, he was appointed amongst several candidates in the professorship of the Architectural Form Analysis class at Valladolid University, where he taught until 1994 for 15 years –from that time until September 2009– he was the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, where he is still a Professor.

Apart from numerous articles on critics and theory in magazines, he has published the following books: El discurso clásico en arquitectura: arquitectura y razón práctica [The Classical Discourse on Architecture: Architecture and Practical Reasoning], 1989; Arquitectura y proyecto moderno: la pregunta por la modernidad [Architecture and Modern Design: The Question of Modernity], 1991; La lógica del post. Arquitectura y cultura de la crisis [The Logic of the After: Crisis in Architecture and Culture], 1992; Sobre dibujo y diseño: a propósito de la proyectividad de la representación de la arquitectura [On Drawing and Design: apropos Projectivity of the Representation of Architecture], 1996; and La construcción de la forma: para una aproximación contemporánea al análisis de la arquitectura [The Construction of Shape and Form: for a Contemporary Approach to the Analysis of Architecture], 1999. All of these are essays and papers about architectural and design theory, as well as in shapes and forms and their representation, all within the environment of the great debate on Modernity, which has played such a great role in our current culture and over the past few decades.

Involved in editorial initiative since the creation of the company T6 editions, of which he is a founding member, he directed different magazines and collections of specialized books. He is also creator, member and co-director of the AS20 research group, which promotes research projects referred to the 20th Century Spanish Architecture, and promoter of activities amongst which we can highlight the following: Biennale of Latin-American Architecture and the International Congresses of 20th Century Spanish Architecture, which are regularly programmed in Pamplona every alternative two years.

He has obtained successive awards for his built work, and a good number of first prizes in open project competitions, alone or in association with other architects. He has works and projects published in various national and international magazines. A selection of his professional work has been included in the monograph ‘Juan M. Otxotorena, arquitectura 2000-09’, from the ‘Dédalo’ series of TC Cuadernos (n. 95, 2010).

Team members

Architects: Gloria Herrera Damas, José Ramón Pachas García, Carlos Díaz Delgado, Juan González Fernández, Joaquín Moneo Tirapu, Cristina Iriguíbel Larrea, Mirian Domenech Viladomiú, Manuel Adamuz Cucharero, María Roncal Romero, María Jose Villela Mejía, Héctor Baez y Rodrigo Gómez de la Torre
Technical Architect: Isabelino Río Rodríguez

Main built Projects:

Rehabilitation of the Audience building for use as the new headquarters of the Parliament of Navarre (in collaboration with Mariano González, Javier Pérez and José V. Valdenebro), 1996; Miravalles School in Cizur Menor, Navarr, 1999; Geriatric residence in Bétera, Valencia, 2001; Geriatric residence in San Sebastián, 2001; Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Antigua in Alberite, 2005; 2005; Hydrothermal Center ‘AQUAVOX’ in the old town of Pamplona (in collaboration with Mariano González and Luis Tena), 2006; New buildings in Erain School in Irún, Guipúzcoa, 2006; Valle de Egüés Town Hall in Sarriguren, Navarre, 2010; Refurbishment of various Areas of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, 2000-2012; Building of the Courts of First Instance and Instruction in Tudela (in collaboration with Mariano González), 2012; New building for Economics and Masters of the University of Navarra in Pamplona, 2012; Offices and COAS headquarters in Loiu, Bilbao, 2013; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center in Alicante, 2014. Colegio Mayor Jaizkibel in San Sebastián, 2016.New Headquarters of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Madrid 2018 Protontherapy building for the Headquarters of Cílica Universidad de Navarra in Madrid 2019 Nursery school in Sarriguren, Navarra 2019:

Ongoing Projects:

Edificio de aparcamiento en altura y mirador en Benidorm (Alicante); Rehabilitación del colegio público “Las Améscoas” en Zudaire (en colaboración con WARQS); 28 viviendas en Ripagaina; Reforma y ampliación de la Clínica Universidad de Navarra en Madrid; Reforma del Convento de las Recoletas en Tafalla.

High-rise parking building and viewpoint in Benidorm (Alicante); Renovation of the “Las Améscoas” public school in Zudaire (in collaboration with WARQS); 28 houses in Ripagaina; Renovation and extension of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in Madrid; Renovation of the Convento de las Recoletas in Tafalla.


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