Contemporary Architecture Route
Contemporary Architecture Route
San Clemente Car Park & Pavilion – “Vaquería” (Galeras Park) –
Vista Alegre Park – “Auditorio de Galicia” – Journalism Faculty
– Xoan XXXIII Terminus Remodelling – CGAC (Bonaval Garden) – La
Trisca Socio-Cultural Centre – Galician City of Culture
A different perspective of the city, by means of important
architectural projects, some designed by internationally
renowned architects, who have left their mark on the city. Get
your camera ready for some great views and perspectives of the
San Clemente Car Park–Pavilion
The best way of seeing this project, by the Berlin architect
Kleihues, is from a distance and the perspective of Alameda
Park. How can you build a car park and sports pavilion 100
metres from the Cathedral without altering or harming a World
“La Vaquería” and more
What can we say about an old dairy farm converted into designer homes, featuring a national architecture prize thanks to the architect Victor López Cotelo? Continuing through Galeras Park, a green mantle at the foot of the Galician President’s residence, designed by Gallego Jorreto, and close to Raíña Fabiola School by the Italian architect Grassi and with a private garden, Finco do Espiño, featuring one of Santiago’s few modernist buildings, designed by the Santiago architect and businessman Jesús López de Regio, unfortunately now in ruins…
Vista Alegre Park
A hidden treasure. Four contemporary architecture buildings conceived by two architects, Cesar Portela and Antón García Abril: the Natural History Museum and Advanced Studies Centre by Portela, and the School of Higher Musical Studies and Galician headquarters of SGAE by Abril. All of this on an estate with a decadent touch crowned by a house built by “Indianos” (wealthy returnees) that used to belong to a Compostela family of bankers (Banco Simeón). Have you seen anything like it?
Faculty of Communications Studies
One of two projects by the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner, Portugal’s Alavaro Siza Vieira. Just the exterior entrance to the building is overwhelming. Perspectives, volumes, quest for light, an entire space for the senses in which Siza even designed the signage and furnishings. Total architecture.
“Auditorio de Galicia”
Designed by Cano Lasso as a tribute to Galician architecture: water, galleries, stone masonry, arcades… in a building of considerable size set in Música en Compostela Park featuring a sculpture of Eugenio Granell, the illustrious Galician surrealist artist.
Xoan XXIII Terminus
On the way from “Auditorio de Galica” to “CGAC,” we come across this development project featuring a large glass canopy, in which the architects Albert Viaplana and Helio Piñon played with the perspective towards the entrance into the Old Town, a balcony facing the hill surrounding Compostela (El Pedroso), a bus terminus for dropping off passengers and tourists, and see if you find the subtle sports hall 200 metres from the Cathedral, included in the project without spoiling the setting. Stand at the widest part of the canopy and look at the perspective, which almost looks like a small door at the end of the canopy for entering Compostela’s historic city centre.
Not to be missed
Galician Contemporary Art Centre (CGAC)
The CGAC, Alvaro Siza’s first project in Santiago and one that was quite controversial when it was built, although time has proved him right; what stands out the most is the fact of being able to integrate a contemporary building into such a singular setting as San Domingos de Bonaval, which houses the “Museo do Pobo Galego” (ethnographic museum). Not to be missed is the adjacent garden of the same name, where one of Chillida’s sculptures, the constant presence of water and strolling around a former cemetery is absolutely normal.
A Trisca Socio-Cultural Centre
If it were possible to go up to this building’s terrace, you would be able to take loads of great photos with an unprecedented perspective. Where did they get those curved windows that are on the verge of breaking? Skylights that jut out as if they were chimneys. A real wonder that is almost a posthumous project by John Hedjum, a master of master architects who has very few projects in Europe, two of which are in Santiago: the one you are looking at and the Hedjuk Towers that are in the City of Culture, although by accident because they were actually designed for Belvís Park, which is close to this building.
Designed by the North American architect Peter Eisenman, the Galician City of Culture is a huge new contemporary architecture space featuring different cultural venues. The project simulates Compostela’s almond-shaped historic city centre and the heights respect the relief of the terrain on which it was built. Weekends with guided tours, fine exhibitions, good views of the city from the John Hejduk Towers, the possibility of walking along the rooftops of some buildings and great sunsets.