The City of Culture
The City of Culture of Galicia is in the top of mount Gaiás, in the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. This is an important and colossal contemporary architecture project (more than 141.000 m2), it was designed by the ambitious architect Peter Eisenman.
This new city makes the contrast with the old town of the city of Santiago. But these two areas are not so different because they have the same scallop shape that evokes to the pilgrimages to Santiago; and in the City of Culture there are two towers that remind the towers of the Cathedral.
In the initial project there were six buildings but nowadays there are just four buildings constructed: the Center of creative entrepreneurship of Galicia, the library and archive of Galicia, the Gaiás Center Museum and the Cultural Innovation Center, and there are the Hejduk Towers too. These buildings are connected by streets, arcades and a big square, all this things create a small city.
The most strong point of the initiative of the City of Culture is the different cultural offer, which pretends to create a multidisciplinar program with lost of different events such as art expositions, concerts or conferences. Visitors have free access to the outside of the enclosure and the City of Culture offers guided tours in order to get a more thorough knowledge of this buildings.
Photos courtesy of Ignacio Varela Guerrero