Palacio de Congresos Huesca
A building about generic forms and precise construction.

The Huesca Congress Hall belongs to a sequence of Infrastructural urban facilities that links the city to a net of circuits of political, cultural, and territorial activities and debates. As a generic building, The Congress Hall  tries to serve multiple functions such us: conferences, cinema, theater, small opera formats, political appointments, independent social organizations, weddings, festivals and happenings. Popularly known as “the multifunction”, this building is a very pragmatic box constructed with the ambition of well service very different

activities. The building assumes that is hybrid that well functions. In difference to an industrial box, externally,  the construction technology and materiality of the building, refers to something solid, stable or firm to accommodate and respond the public institution needs. Inputs defined by the representatives that delivered the set of features of the competition statement. The timeline of building construction was imitated by the date of the Expo Zaragoza 2008: July the third 2008, two years since the competition winner was announcement to the opening. For the reason of this limitation of time, the constructive system was guided by simplifying the number of constructive details at maximum and the repetition of simple modules, organized over the concrete walls structure and big steel trusses. The double skin of the whole building (with very few windows) preserves the energy contained in the concrete walls and increase the factor of thermal inertia as a strategy to work within a climate location with high thermal differences between winter and summer seasons. The scene box is enclosed by a glass facade that heats a big empty space. (This type of buildings loose the mayor quantity of energy through this space). At the same time, at night it works like a urban-scale lamp that announces when the building is developing its activities.
The building encloses two very different rooms: a classic wood made auditorium and a very big empty and high space, served by other small rooms flexible and adaptive to different sizes and needs. Again, a very generic format and design trend is what permits all the different room configurations by following the lines that modules the highs all along the building that later are expressed in the facades.



Architects: z4z4 with Pedro Lafuente

Project Authors: Rafael Beneytez Duran, Pedro Lafuente Lles
Competition: Sara Orcasitas, Anne Voght, Pablo Grande, Pedro Lopez, Emilio Jarrin, Tania Fonseca, Diego Barajas.
Project Team: Sara Orcasitas, Anne Voght, Pablo Grande, Pedro Lopez, Emilio Jarrin, Tania Fonseca.
Construction Architects: Rafael Beneytez, Pedro Lafuente, Ophelia Mantz, Cristina Romero, Anne Voght, Pablo Grande, Tania Fonseca, Maite Garcia Sanchis.
Editorial Drawings: Rafael Beneytez-Duran, Cristina Romero
Editorial Models: Z4Z4
Structural Engineering: NB35, Alejandro Bernabeu, Jesus Jimenez, Eduardo Jimeno.
Mechanical System Engineering: Rafael Urculo
Scenic Equipment: Chemtrol, Jose Manzano.
Acoustic Engineers: GBBM, Vicente Mestre.
Bioclimatic Project: Ophelia Mantz
Photography: ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán) + Roland Halbe
Location: Huesca. Spain
Client: Public, Huesca Town Hall, Gobierno de Aragon
Builder: Hinaco
Assistant builder and administration: Andres Bitrian, M Carmen  Anies
Budget: 30M
Area: 13.800 m2

*TheCopyright of the Images are of ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán) + Roland Halbe