City of Culture of Galicia
Located on Monte Gaiás, a small hill overlooking Santiago de Compostela, the City of Culture is a new cultural center for the Province of Galicia in northwestern Spain.
The 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.
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.
The six buildings of the project are conceived as three pairs: the Museum of Galician History and the New Technologies center; the Music Theater and Central Services building; and the Galician Library and Periodicals Archive.
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.
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.
Currently four buildings are under construction. The remaining two buildings are scheduled to begin later this year. The Hemeroteca, or periodicals library, is scheduled to be completed in the spring.
Facts about City of Culture of Galicia
Museum of Galician History:
New Technologies Center:
Central Services building:
Buildings will open in phases beginning in 2006
Fundación Cidade da Cultura de Galicia
Last updated: September 10, 2013
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