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The Caparroso Cultural Centre, inaugurated in 2004, has become a social and educational meeting place for the community of Caparroso. The building houses an auditorium with a capacity for 294 people, where a multitude of cultural activities take place: theatre, music school, concerts (musical bands, choirs, piano, others) magic shows, cinema, business talks, exhibitions and educational courses for children and adults.

Main developer

Caparroso Town Hall

Contractors

Construcciones APROLI SL

Architects

AHR arquitectura y urbanismo

This interview features Jesús Araiz (G4 Architects), who trusted the ROCKWOOL Group with the design of this project.

 

Where did the idea to create the Caparroso Cultural Centre come from?

The idea came from the then Mayor of Caparroso, Mr. Pedro Tabar, who saw the need for a building with these characteristics, where cultural activities could be carried out. The Navarra Government collaborated economically with the different local bodies and we set to work on the initial project.

 

What facilities does the Cultural Centre have?

The Caparroso Cultural Centre contains a seated auditorium equipped with a stage for theatre, concerts, talks and cinema or multimedia projection, an exhibition hall with annexes to prepare exhibitions as well as three multifunctional rooms and the area for administration and concierge. 

 

What impact has the construction had locally?

With regards to cultural activities there is certainly a before and an after. Before, some activities just did not happen in Caparroso, such as the projection of cinema. Other activities were carried out in other Caparroso buildings, such as exhibitions, theatre, concerts and training courses. But since the Cultural Centre opened, there are definitely more of these activities and they are of higher quality. Having a dedicated building means that cultural proposals are more easily encouraged.

How has ROCKWOOL contributed to the construction of the centre?

ROCKWOOL provided their technical knowledge in solving the challenge of insulation and preparing each area in the best way possible, with special attention to acoustic preparation. I was very grateful to be able to count on a company with such experience in order to identify the different finishing and insulating materials.

How is the Caparroso Cultural Centre different from other cultural centres?

During the drawing up of the project and throughout the building work we could count on technicians from the Navarra Government who introduced small innovations done in other cultural centres, which had been built in Navarra, innovations that facilitate the running of the centre with regards to the technical preparation of events. The definition of the different spaces was regulated by the Navarra Government in order to guarantee that events which can be held in the Caparroso Cultural Centre can also be held in other cultural centres in Navarra and vice versa, thus facilitating collective contracting.

Could you tell us specifically what are the main characteristics with regards to energy and acoustic and thermal behaviour in this project?

The most important aspect of the cultural centre has been the acoustic preparation and insulation. Both the exterior acoustic insulation of the centre and acoustic insulation in the seating areas and the main auditorium are fundamental. I could say the same about the acoustic preparation of the other rooms, but above all the difficulties centre around the preparation of the main auditorium. The space must be suited for uses as acoustically distinct as cinema, theatre, concerts and choirs. For some of these uses a high acoustic absorption is required, the sound emitters being loudspeakers. For other uses a lower acoustic absorption is needed, for example for theatre or concerts, where there must be a guarantee of no reverberation, while the sound should be able to reach all seats in the auditorium in optimum condition. And of course the air conditioning system must not emit any noise. To meet these goals we counted on the technical collaboration of ROCKWOOL.

We are very happy with the final result. The cultural centre has been open for three years, and the different events have been carried out satisfactorily by the organizers with regard to the acoustic behaviour.

Could you indicate how ROCKWOOL construction solutions have been used in the insulation of the building?

ROCKWOOL material was used for floor insulation, facade insulation, in chambers, insulation on the flat roof, insulation of the false ceilings in the majority of the spaces as acoustic preparation, and finishing and covering material for walls in the main auditorium in order to achieve the difficult acoustic conditioning we have previously mentioned.

Could you share any anecdote related to its construction?

I don't recall anything in particular, but I have fond memories of the collaboration between the Works Management, the Town Hall, technicians from the Navarra Government, the constructor and installing companies in which we all worked towards a common end; to construct a building of which we are all very satisfied today.

Jesús Araiz:

Graduate in Architecture from the University of Navarra, Jesús Araiz Ochoa (Caparroso) is a top urban designer and architect, who has developed a multitude of projects in the community of Navarra. In 1994 he formed, along with others, the studio AHR (Araiz-Huarte-Ros) Arquitectura y Urbanismo, which is run by the founders Juan Carlos Huarte, Gabriel Ros and Jesús Araiz Ochoa. In addition, the technical team consists of three architects, an engineer and a decorator who help carry out the work.

Presentation of AHR arquitectura y urbanismo.

Specialists in contemporary architecture, the firm AHR stands out for having developed some of the most innovative implementation and works management projects when it comes to design in Navarra. Many public bodies and Town Halls have put their trust in AHR to remodel, renovate or build institutional buildings, cultural centres and social centres.

Among the most significant projects carried out and granted via public tender are the Caparroso Cultural Centre, the Old People's Home and pensioners' Club in Eulate (Navarra), the Municipal Indoor Fronton for the Irañeta Town Hall, and the indoor pool and spa in Villava.

 Among the works contracts awarded to the firm are the conservation and restoration project for the Virgen del Soto Hermitage in Caparroso, the municipal multipurpose building in Loarre (Huesca), a project awarded by the Loarre Town Hall and the Aragon Regional Council, which includes the Town Hall, library, pensioners' club and medical surgery, and the construction of the cultural centre and activities centre in Cascante and the renovation of the Town Hall of Belascoain.

 Also, AHR has been the architecture studio responsible for the construction of the CAP houses, a project promoted by ROCKWOOL.

 

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