Project: Centro sociocultural A Trisca.
Architects: John Hejduk, Antonio Sanmartín, Elena Cánovas, Leonardo Rietti
Location: Historical City
John Hejduk is an indispensable author in the history of architecture in the second half of the 20th century. By means of his teaching work related to architecture and design in New York's Cooper Union and the publication of his theoretical texts, this architect has acquired great influence starting from the sixties.
Among the few projects built by John Hejduk, Santiago has a small socio-cultural centre designed by this architect. The project, developed in collaboration with a team of architects formed by Antonio Sanmartín, Elena Canovas and Leonardo Rietti, was concluded after the New York architect's death in the summer of the year 2000. This is therefore John Hejduk's posthumous project.
The building's volume is suitably adapted to the existing fabric, completing an acute-angled corner. Its stone-slab façades contain expressive balconies with thick steel tubes, overlooking the street, and violent steel arrows, with a square-shaped cross section, inserted into the exterior plane, facing the enclosure of the Convent of Belvís. At the corner, in the building's four floors, there are horizontal openings, whose windows continue the tight curve with which the corner is resolved.
The ground-floor roof is made of a concrete slab with fretwork of characteristic forms from Hejduk's images. La Boda Española (The Spanish Wedding) is the title of the bas-relief completing and enhancing the value of Hejduk's beautiful project in Compostela's A Trisca neighbourhood.
This building, with stone and glass towers erected in the City of Culture, and initially designed for Belvís Park, makes Santiago one of the privileged cities with a project constructed by John Hejduk.