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Galician Center of Contemporary Art

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Alvaro Siza Vieira
 
location Santiago de Compostela
function culture, museum
contributed by joaogameironeves

Designed and constructed between 1988 and 1993 by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira (Pritzker Prise 1993), the building that houses the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea is located in one of the most evocative and symbolic areas of Santiago's monumental zone: alongside the Convent of San Domingos de Bonaval (currently an ethnographic museum). Siza's building reflects his admiration for rationalism and the Modernist movement, and at the same time his own personal vision of architecture and space. Line, light and volume combine to produce an architecture that is both austere and serene. Stone is used, linking with tradition and setting up a dialogue with the surrounding buildings, in an expression of respect for the sense of history that pervades Santiago.The building centers on a single long axis, its inner spaces opening out along this axis like the leaves of a fan. Externally, it is bounded by high walls; yet the inside is flooded with light.

 

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Paul Moncrieff says:
I visited Santiago in 2009, and still think about the fine contemporary gallery I visited - it really is the most impressive gallery space I hace visited.
Do you accept project proposals from overseas [Australian] artists?
23-Oct-11
David Glazer . Israel . says:
I believe that despite the generally modern
appearence of the Galician center , the outside of the building fits in its old urban environment and the inside design is as usual in the commissions of Alvaro Siza very aesthetic and pleasent with typical bright colours : white walls and brown , blond floors .
09-Apr-10
lmcp says:
playing absolute games with masonry.
Atlanta, United States 12-Jun-09
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Galician Center of Contemporary Art
Address
Valle Inclán 4
Spain
http://www.cgac.org
Project is public!
Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00-20:00. Monday: Closed. Handicapped Access To schedule a guided tour, you can request information by mail or by telephone. Telephone: 981 546619 Fax: 981 546625
Completion 1993
ArchitectAlvaro Siza Vieira
Client Xunta de Galicia
 
Project ID 1951
Latitude/Longitude 42°52'60N 08°32'25W
Contributed by joaogameironeves
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