Project: Auditorio de Galicia
Architects: Julio Cano Lasso
Location: North Campus
In 1964 the architect Julio Cano Lasso built a series of pavilions for housing pilgrims during the Holy Year. The project, designed to be temporary, survived for several years as student accommodation. On the site of that modest and exemplary project, due to its rationality and establishment, the same architect constructed the Auditorio de Galicia. This large complex, designed to equip Santiago with a building capable of organising a top-level programme of concerts and exhibitions, was conceived as a series of severe stone volumes, contrasted by glazed horizontal panels, with small white partitions evoking the tradition of galleries.
The Auditorio de Galicia building revealed its city-building vocation by respecting the existing square and turning it into a grand urban setting, arcaded on two sides, serving as the building's outdoor anteroom. The prismatic volume of the gridiron of the auditorium's main hall rises up behind the sober portico. This blind volume, which is totally covered with a blind granite wall, is the building's visual reference point, from the different parts of Santiago, from which it is visible.
An existing stream was used to create a large expanse of water, behind the building, where the Parque da Música en Compostela was designed in connection with the cultural facilities. The auditorium offers a magnificent view of the park and the historical city, in the background, by means of generous window panes, such as the restaurant gallery, which is projected over the water.