Renovating collaborative spaces II

In this second instalment of the special on the HUHEZI University, the architects tell us about the more personal and emotional side of their work and how they transfer it to the creative process.




"We architects are not simple «makers» of shape. We must be there, discuss and share the strategies and diagnoses from the very beginning, from the moment of realising the need for «architecture».

The time for false assurances where the architect was required to lend shape to a fixed programme of needs is over: today these programmes are unpredictable, changing.

In other words, it is impossible to anticipate all of the changes that will be introduced to the architectures we project, meaning that the flexibility of an architecture is more closely related to the capacity for interpreting the spaces built based on different desires and needs than for providing simple responses to pre-established scenarios.




The new building displays a contrast between the rough spaces, those referred to during the diagnostic process as «beaches», and other areas which are more sophisticated and decided with regard to their function. The balance or constant instability of the limits between uses represented the project’s greatest challenge and is one of the aspects we learned from process. 

The University renovation was a moving experience, thanks to having managed to discuss, talk about and share architectural concepts with an extensive community of people. A community which from the first moment felt the new building to be their own.

Thanks to the network of cooperators put together, we succeeded in developing an assemblage and diversifying the work in small parts, resulting in the new building.  

-Beste Arkitektura-




Key points

And to end this special, we would like to highlight the key points that made the final result of the Eskoriatza campus renovation possible.

  • Interlocution with the proprietorship was fundamental, as was the fact that it was based on shared work and mutual trust.   
  • The excellent work in regard to vision and tenacity of the dean Begoña Pedrosa on the one hand, as well as that of the management group and the technology services composed in the main of women, on the other, guaranteed communication without hierarchies, a process with no predominant voices, hence showing another way of carrying out an operation as complicated as this renovation and extension of the Eskoriatza campus.