Project: Philology Faculty
Architects: Alberto Noguerol and Pilar Díez
Location: North Campus
The University of Compostela's Philology Faculty was designed by scrupulously observing the determinations of the Special Plan, which was prepared in order to introduce large-scale university facilities into the North Campus. These regulations, apart from establishing the new faculty's alignments, required that vehicle access be permitted below the building's portico. Noguerol and Díez combined the building's complex programme and the corresponding town planning regulations with strict and clear planning: two parallel longitudinal sections, one for lecture rooms and the other for different department offices and, in between, a singular volume housing shared uses such as the lobby, assembly hall, graduation hall and library.
The building's volumetric division into three pieces, the two side sections, raised above the ground by pillars, like long thin prisms, and the central section, lower and wider with curved roofs, reflects a strict and comprehensive approach. This clear layout is enriched by the spatial modelling of the interior of such elements and the meticulous design of each of the elements included therein. Thus, the façades are differentiated, transforming the recesses according to the orientations and the use of the illuminated areas. Different elements, such as the fire-escape stairs or the recesses overlooking the stepped area of the library, have an almost sculptural nature. The perfect harmonisation between plastic richness and rigorous functional approach, which characterises Noguerol and Diéz's architecture, invites visitors to take a detailed tour around this building.