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Plaza de la Muralla del Revellín Concentrico 05

Vaumm

Realizing an ephemeral construction in the public space allows for a high degree of experimentation especially with the perception of space, since architecture emerges from the rigors of durability and function.

The wall that enclosed the historic center of Logroño, is the element that characterizes the Plaza del Revellín. Its stony character, rigorous in its formal laws, and massive in its materiality, constructs a closed space and of rigorous limits. A wall does not allow the passage, it hides what happens inside it and it is impenetrable.

In front of the wall is the ephemeral construction of a piece that is also closed, compact and rigorous in its form but on the contrary it is porous and transparent. It plays with the perception of the one that explores it.

In contrast to the heavy wall, a wired structure is proposed, a mesh of pillars and beams that define a piece of 4.5 by 4.5 meters on each side. A 3×3 Cartesian system, formed from the intersection of two sets of parallel lines. It is therefore a system, in a certain rigorous way, but of infinite character, a structure without beginning or end, that could multiply following that logic.

It was in 1997 when Colin Rowe and Robert Slutzky, expressed for the first time in a theoretical way two kinds of transparency, in his essay “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal.” In this way there would be a literal transparency, linked with clarity, that would allow to interrelate a great number of optical levels, of clean, clear layers of vision, and that is why It would make it easy to understand the spatial dimension. In contrast there would be a phenomenological, dense transparency, in which spatial ambiguity would be one of its greatest characteristics. The ambiguity of a structure that seems to offer a spatial certainty from one point of view, but that is exhibited totally different from another. A visual certainty in which reflections, brightness and endless images superimposed on the image of clarity are added. It is this dense transparency precisely what this intervention seeks, however much at dusk and under its interior light everything becomes clarity .

Vaumm

Vaumm is the collaboration of several people that since its foundation in 2002, works with a broad sense of curiosity and a methodology based on research facing several projects about space. The studio is formed by Marta Álvarez, Iñigo García, Jon Muniategiandikoetxea, Javier Ubillos and Tomás Valenciano. The diversity of the team brings different disciplines to each project. Their work is dedicated to the reflexive conception of projects, exploring the intersection between contemporary design and construction.

The studio has operated since its formalization at multiple scales from very different angles, from various building works, new or rehabilitation, various collaborations with artists as technical support to the constructive materialization of the intervention, to urban planning projects under a cultural or theoretical optics, or even editorial proposals.

Among its recent projects are the Urban Node and Garages building in Errenteria, the Fronton and Casa Concejil in Arribe Ataio, the Molinao Park in Pasajes, the Dance and Performing Arts Center of Gipuzkoa, the Basque Culinary Center or the commuter train station in Loiola, San Sebastián.

The work of VAUMM has been published in several books and national and international magazines such as Mark, Capba, Pasajes de Arquitectura y Crítica, C3, Summa +, Detail, On Diseño or Future. Its works have been exhibited in collective exhibitions such as 22 Couples & Co, Mirror Stories of Spanish Architecture (2000-2015) in the Embassy of Spain in Berlin, and in the traveling exhibition ABOVE MM architecture beyond 2000. Among its recognitions, there is its nomination to the Mies van der Rohe Awards in 2013, they were finalists in the COAVN Awards 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and selected in the XII and in the XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2013, 2015. They were also Finalists in the Arquia / Próxima Awards IN CHANGE 2010 and won 3rd prize of the Year of Architecture Platform 2012.

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