Project: San Domingos de Bonaval Park
Architects: Álvaro Siza, Isabel Aguirre
Location: Historical City
San Domingos de Bonaval park completes the complex formed by the convent and the new Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea. Álvaro Siza, the architect of the CGAC, in collaboration with Isabel Aguirre, integrated the elements that existed in the extensive convent grounds, including a medicinal garden, different ruins, a carballeira (oak grove) and the Bonaval Cemetery. This large public space includes new elements, such as the stonewalls defining the access ramps from the museum, which seem to have always been there, and existing pieces, such as the layout of the cemetery, which are absolutely innovative.
All of large trees were respected throughout the meticulous construction of the park. This has decisively contributed to create the sensation that the new park is marked by the presence of a long history.
The stimulating itineraries through Bonaval Park's different areas enable a great variety of visits. Its paths offer views of the convent complex's historical buildings, the museum's beautiful contemporary architecture, the nostalgic layout of the cemetery or exceptional perspectives of the city of Santiago. These itineraries are enriched by the presence of several sculptures, such as those made by Eduardo Chillida or Leopoldo Nóvoa.
Siza and Aguirre have avoided filling the park with conventional furniture. The lack of catalogue benches and litter bins help to intensify the singularity of this exceptional space.