Marquesina is a small marquee designed to improve the pedestrian access to an underground parking, located in the Plaza San Juan Bosco, in Pamplona. Originally, the access was exposed and consisted of stairs accompanied by old metal railings. The commission, therefore, consisted on covering such stairs; and the execution budget was very small.
MLMR Arquitectos draw on a simple and clear geometry to solve with a single gesture all handicaps: a semi-circular arc. A shape that allowed us to simultaneously configure the structure, the enclosure, and also to solve all the problems arising from the accumulation of water that arose in other options with a flat roof. From here, the project was developed by the most careful and accurate design of all the construction details.
The arch was executed in steel; and every effort laid in adapting standard solutions to such a wide curvature as 3 meters: the assembly of the two metal panels forming the arc, the bending of the inner straps, or the slight folding at the foot of arc to drain water properly, was executed magnificently. The side walls are configured in a glass; the arc, then, is a single gesture, transparent, and levitating over a small concrete base.
Artificial lighting was also another fundamental aspect of work. Inside, the light spreads all over the bottom face of the arc through translucent plastic panels. At the same time, a LEED strip, occult inside the arc termination profile, runs around the perimeter. So, at night, a light line draws the arch-shape when it is no longer seen; as if the light was also capable of making architecture.
Architects: MLMR arquitectos
Location: Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
Architect in Charge: Javier Martín, Víctor Larripa, Javier Martínez, Daniel Ruiz de Gordejuela
Area: 17.0 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Javier Martín Pascual, Víctor Larripa Artieda
Masonry: SCS construcciones
Metalwork: Metaldeco S.L.
Glassware: Cristalería San Francisco
Lighting: Biled Iluminación
Paintings: Pinturas Galán
Project Name: Marquesina en Plaza San Juan Bosco