City of Culture of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela Building, Eisenman Architects Spain, City of Culture Santiago de Compostela

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Cidade da Cultura de Galicia Santiago de Compostela – design by Eisenman Architects

10 Mar 2011

Cidade da Cultura de Galicia Santiago de Compostela

City of Culture of Galicia

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

1999 – ongoing

Design: Eisenman Architects

Cidade da Cultura de Galicia Santiago de Compostela
photo : Pasajes Espanoles Courtesy the Foundation of the City of Culture of Galicia

The City of Culture is a new cultural center for the Province of Galicia in northwestern Spain. Its design evolves from the superposition of three sets of information. First, the street plan of the medieval center of Santiago is overlaid on a topographic map of the hillside site (which overlooks the city). Second, a modern Cartesian grid is laid over these medieval routes. Third, through computer modeling software, the topography of the hillside is allowed to distort the two flat geometries, thus generating a topological surface that repositions old and new in a simultaneous matrix never before seen.

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photos : Roland Halbe Courtesy Eisenman Architects

The original center of Santiago conforms to a figure/ground urbanism in which buildings are figural, or solid, and the streets are residual, or void spaces. Through this mapping operation, our project emerges as a curving surface that is neither figure nor ground but both a figured ground and a figured figure that supercede the figure-ground urbanism of the old city. Santiago’s medieval past appears not as a form of representational nostalgia but as a new yet somehow familiar presence found in a new form.

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photos : Roland Halbe Courtesy Eisenman Architects

The six buildings of the project are conceived as three pairs: the Museum of Galicia and the International Art Center; the Center for Music and Performing Arts and the Central Services building; and the Library of Galicia and Galician Archives. Visitor’s experiences of any given building will be affected by its relationship to its immediate partner. The caminos, or pedestrian streets, that wind between the buildings also open onto a public square, which is bordered by the six buildings and features landscape and water elements.

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photos : Roland Halbe Courtesy Eisenman Architects

The largest building is the Performing Arts Theater, which stands 42.5 meters high and contains all of the spaces and technologies required to host the international opera and symphonic music circuit. There are two auditoria: a large theater of more than 1,500 seats that can be adjusted for opera, ballet, and concert performances, and a 450-seat theater that can be used for chamber music and recitals, dance and drama performances, conventions and colloquiums. A multi-tiered lobby allows access from below-grade parking and from the pedestrian camino to a four-level theater arrayed in a classic horseshoe shape. The heights of all of the buildings rise in gentle curves that seem to reconstruct the shape of the hilltop with their collective rooflines.

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photos : Manuel Gonzalez Vicente Courtesy the Foundation of the City of Culture of Galicia

Cultura de Galicia – Major Components
The Galician Museum (172,000 square feet)
International Art Center (135,000 square feet)
The Center for Music and Performing Arts (220,000 square feet)
Library of Galicia (122,000 square feet)
Galician Archives (86,000 square feet)
Central Services and Administration (50,000 square feet)

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photos : Manuel Gonzalez Vicente Courtesy the Foundation of the City of Culture of Galicia

Cidade da Cultura de Galicia Santiago de Compostela – Awards

Eighth and Ninth International Exhibitions of Architecture, Venice Biennale, 2002 & 2004
Progressive Architecture, Architectural Design Award, 2003
First prize, Invited International Design Competition, 1999

Eisenman Architects

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photos : Manuel Gonzalez Vicente Courtesy the Foundation of the City of Culture of Galicia

Cidade da Cultura de Galicia – Building Information

Size: one million sqft
Start: 2000
Total area: 173 acres

Surrounding the built area of the CCG is the Arboretum of Galicia: an area of gardens and native woodland, conceived as both a recreational and an educational facility.

City of Culture of Galicia Santiago de Compostela images / information from Eisenman Architects


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Santiago de Compostela Architecture – Selection

Musical Studies Center
Ensamble Studio
Musical Studies Center
photo : Roland Halbe
Musical Studies Centre Santiago de Compostela

SGAE Central Office
Ensamble Studio
SGAE Central Office
picture : Ensamble Studio
SGAE Headquarters

Spanish Architecture – Selection

Redondela house, Pontevedra
irisarri-piñera
Redondela house
image from architect

Redondela house

Bodegas Protos, Peñafiel, Valladolid
Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners
Bodegas Protos Spain
image : RSHP

Bodegas Protos : Stirling Prize Nominee 2009

Barcelona Pavilion Building, Barcelona
Mies van der Rohe, Architect
Barcelona Pavilion
picture © Adrian Welch

Barcelona Pavilion

Spanish Architects

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