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City of Culture Library - Biblioteca da Cidade da Cultura em Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

 

www.cidadedacultura.org/

www.eisenmanarchitects.com/

www.xunta.es/portada

 

English

 

City of Culture of Galicia (Galician: Cidade da Cultura de Galicia) is a complex of cultural buildings in Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and office. The buildings are an extreme challenge to construct as the design of them makes them look like rolling hills with high degree contours. Nearly every window of the thousands that are part of the external façade has its own custom shape. It is set to be completed in 2012, taking 10 years to complete.

 

In February 1999 the Parliament of Galicia held an international design competition for a cultural center on Mount Gaiás. The entrants were Ricardo Bofill, Manuel Gallego Jorreto, Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, Cesar Portela, Santiago Calatrava, who later withdrew his proposal, and Eisenman, whose proposal was selected for both conceptual uniqueness and exceptional harmony with the place.

 

The concept of the project is a new peak on Monte Gaiás, made up of a stony crust reminiscent of an archaeological site divided by natural breaks that resemble scallops, the traditional symbol of Compostela.

 

The building site has also become the base for the development of a public transparency urban experiment by the Spanish architect and artist Andrés Jaque. With Jaque's 12 Actions to Make the Cidade da Cultura Transparent, the building site was equipped with devices that make the political implications and ecological extension of the construction works understandable for the general public.

 

Português

 

A Cidade da Cultura da Galiza é um complexo arquitetónico, cultural e de entretenimento da cidade de Santiago de Compostela, A Corunha, Galiza. O complexo reconcilia a conservação do património com a produção de conhecimento, investigação, criação e consumo cultural.

 

O projeto de construção da Cidade da Cultura da Galiza nasceu em 1999 quando a Junta da Galiza lançou um Concurso Internacional de Arquitetura para a sua construção no Monte Gaiás em Santiago de Compostela, A Corunha.

 

O projeto selecionado foi o do arquiteto Peter Eisenman devido à singularidade tanto conceptual como plástica, e à integração excepcional no local. O projecto de Eisenman cria um novo cimo para o Monte Gaiás.

 

O complexo do Monte Gaiás ocupa uma superfície de 141.800 metros quadrados.

 

As obras de construção do complexo tiveram início em 2001.

 

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Taken on October 8, 2012