Pamplona is widely known as a ‘fortress city’ in the district of Navarre, Spain. The history of the fortification dates back to the 1500s when there was a fear of invasion from nearby regions among the city dwellers. Enclosed by impenetrable defensive walls, it was unable for the city to expand to serve the growing population. During the era of modernization, the infrastructure and services of Pamplona considerably improved, but due to the fortification, the city could grow only vertically. There was growth only in the residential sector, where the houses had to be narrower without courtyards.

It was only during the early 1900s that the decision of the destruction of the walls and abandoning the building laws was taken by the local bodies. The walls on the southern side were destroyed, and as the fortification on the other sides did not prevent the city’s infrastructure growth, they were kept intact. 

Pamplona grew rapidly in the 20th century with developments in industrial sectors and a rise in population. The industries, which synchronized with the residential areas, were moved to dedicated industrial parks. Residential development was marked by buildings with more than ten storeys and single-family houses in the metropolitan regions. This new development also allowed for open spaces like green areas and recreational parks.

Re-thinking The Future is a global platform for architecture and design. RTF along with our authors has curated a list of top architecture firms in various cities across the globe. Please note that the names are arranged in alphabetical order and are not ranked in any manner.  

Ache

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Residential
Locations of Built Projects: Pamplona
Style of work: Modern
Website: www.achearquitectura.com 

Ache believes in architecture as a trade of great importance and social dimension. They approach a design understanding that there are no standard solutions to define anything, but there are only guidelines and processes to define it by being unique.

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Viviendas Pamplona ©achearquitectura.com/

AH Group

Scope of services: Architecture, Urban design, Planning, Competition
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Office, Industrial
Locations of Built Projects: Spain & International
Style of work: Modern
Website: www.ahasociados.com

The firm has offices in Pamplona, Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona, and Qatar, working on housing, public facilities, and urban design projects. Apart from designing, they provide services like energy retrofit and renovation, sunshine analysis, energy modelling, building comfort simulation, etc.

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Offices building in Casablanca © ahasociados.com/en/

Alcolea+Tárrago

Scope of services: Architecture, Competition
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Public buildings
Locations of Built Projects: Spain
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: www.alcoleatarrago.com

Alcolea+Tárrago is an award-winning firm whose works have been published in several magazines and books. Their notable projects are – Sports Complex in La Figuerassa, House MP in Sesma, New Technologies Building in Aulesti, Multipurpose Building in Castro Urdiales, etc. The architects of the firm also collaborate in teaching, research and public initiatives.

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Public Library Las Tablas, Madrid © alcoleatarrago.com/

Alfonso Alzugaray Arquitecto

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Public buildings
Locations of Built Projects: Spain
Style of work: Contemporary
Website: www.alzugaray.com

The firm is dedicated to creating spaces that are capable of transmitting an atmosphere created from light, textures, materials, and order. A few of their projects are – Public Service Management and New Technologies Center in Aulesti, Library-Nursery- and Historical Archive in Barcelona, Conference Centre and Auditorium of Navarra, etc.

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V.P.T. Houses in Zizur Mayor © alzugaray.com/

Amas 4 Arquitectura

Scope of services: Architecture, Town Planning, Heritage
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Healthcare, Institutional, Sports
Locations of Built Projects: Pamplona
Style of work: Modern
Website: www.amas4arquitectura.com

Amas4 works for a wide range of projects that include healthcare, sports, small scale, heritage and town planning. They approach a design in a very creative and modern way. The firm has won various awards for its projects such as – Visitor’s Center Carbonero El Mayor, Castilla y León, La, Cisterniga House of Culture, etc.

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Data Processing Center ©amas4arquitectura.com/

Apezteguia Architects

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Urban design, Landscape
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Public buildings
Locations of Built Projects: Spain
Style of work: Modern, Innovative
Website: www.apezteguia.com

The firm believes in the power of architecture to transform, as much as the power of art to change things. They also believe that architecture is a social work that improves and change living conditions. Each new project is an opportunity for them that opens the possibility of transforming the world, restoring the landscape, and changing the city’s space.

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110 Social Dwellings Sarriguren Ecocity, Navarra ©apezteguia.com/

Area +

Scope of services: Interiors, Reformation
Types of Built Projects: Residential
Locations of Built Projects: Pamplona
Style of work: Modern, Client specific
Website: www.areaplusreformas.com

The firm is a specialist in reforming bathrooms and kitchens and other areas in homes and commercial spaces. They focus on project management, technical advice and planning of works. They create innovative and modern design solutions.

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Toilet reformation ©areaplusreformas.com/

Artilínea

Scope of services: Interiors, Reformation
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Shops
Locations of Built Projects: Pamplona
Style of work: Modern
Website: artilinea.com/ 

Artilinea specialises in reforms and interior designs. They have worked on various residential and shop projects and their renovation and new construction. They also provide services like furniture solutions.

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Private residence © artilinea.com/

Artkitetc 

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Corporate
Locations of Built Projects: Spain
Style of work: Modern, Innovative, Sustainability
Website: www.artkitetc.es

The firm is dedicated to excellence, sustainability and innovation. They work on projects ranging from construction of new projects, renovation of homes, offices, and commercial spaces. They carry out rehabilitation of buildings, façades, energy efficiency certificates, technical inspection of buildings, etc.

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Artkitetc © artkitetc.es/

Ayape Martinez Arquitectos

Scope of services: Architecture, Interiors
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Public buildings
Locations of Built Projects: Spain
Style of work: Modern
Website: www.ayapemartinez.es 

Ayape Martines Arquitectos carries out projects in the residential and commercial, and mainly in the public spaces sector. A few of their projects are – Casa de Cultura – Artica, Casa de Cultura – Noain, Centro de Salud – San Andrean, Instalaciones Deportivas – Zizur Mayor, etc.

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Ayape Martinez Arquitectos © ayapemartinez.es/
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Pranjali is a passionate artist and an architect who loves to blend her designs with nature. She designs meticulously and is always exploring the impact of architectural spaces on user's mind and body. You will find her lost in travelling, daydreams, books, and also on mountain trails.

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