he competition strategy proposed a building strongly related to the site with a slender urban façade towards the avenue and with both music halls naturally placed on the existing topography. In this way the upper level, a garden with old oak trees, becomes a natural entrance that links with a single linear lobby all the areas. The Auditorium is not intended to be an object placed on the site, but a structure relating inside and outside, taking advantage of the topography to minimize the necessary volumes of the stages. Music halls have large openings for natural light and views towards the landscape, recalling ancient relations between music and open spaces. The large glazed linear lobby recalls vernacular glass galleries in Galician architecture.
Construction / materials and structure
Galician granite stone builds up the long basement and all exterior pavements. The basement runs along the avenue and climbs up the topography of the site. Granite is used in vernacular architecture and it turns green and mossy with the humid climate in this part of Spain. Upon this basement, lightweight materials are used for the façades: a curtain aluminium wall with different transparencies and corrugated aluminium panels for opaque areas and for the roof. Metal panels are locally used in party walls to protect buildings against humidity, and glass galleries provide light and sun for an optimal climate control inducing to dry the interiors. The main features imply a minimum maintenance, recall vernacular architecture and give the building an image that integrates nearby colours and surroundings.
Materials used in the interiors are common in Galician architecture, slate floors and walls with wooden acoustic panels that can be seen from the outside when the building is illuminated. Both music halls also have local oak wood in the ceilings, designed as a geometrical shell, and heavy curtains close the large windows that give continuity between inside and outside.
ClienteXunta de Galicia (local Government)
Superficie Lorda (mq)15575
ArchitettiÁngela García de Paredes, Ignacio G. Pedrosa (Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos)
Design TeamArchitects on site: Juan Iglesias, Iván López Veiga. Project team: Álvaro Rábano, Clemens Eichner, Lucía Guadalajara, Ángel Camacho, Ingrid Campo, Blanca Leal, Roberto Lebrero. Collaborators on site: Ana Ortiz Conlledo, Ana González de Herrero Otero, Rubén Ramos Loureiro, Alejandro Romero Romero.
Main ContractorUTE FCC Construcción S.A., Vilamiño S.A.
ConsulentiStructure: GOGAITE S.L. + E3 Arquitectos, Francisco Carballo y Carolo Losada. Acoustics: Vicente Mestre, Vicente Menéndez, CGM Acústica y Telecomunicaciones S.L. Mechanical engineers: JG Ingenieros Consultores de Proyectos S.A. + Obradoiro Enxeñeiros S.L.
FotografiFernando Alda, Roland Halbe
Curriculum studio / partecipanteÁngela García de Paredes (Madrid 1958 ETSAM PhD 1982) and Ignacio G. Pedrosa (Madrid 1957 PhD ETSAM PhD 1983) established the architectural firm PAREDES PEDROSA in1990. They are professors at the Architectural Design Department in Madrid ETSAM, and visiting professor in other universities as the IUAV in Venice. Curators of the X Iberoamerican Biennale of Architecture 2016. Dedicated to competitions, project and urban design mainly for public buildings related to cultural equipment, Paredes Pedrosa built works include La Olmeda Roman Villa, Public Libraries in Ceuta and Córdoba, Lugo Auditorium, Almería Archaeology Museum and Valle Inclán Theatre. Awarded with Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal 2014 by the Government of Spain; the practice has been also recognized with Spain Architecture Award 2007, Shortlisted Aga Khan Architecture Award 2016, European Award for Architectural Heritage 2015, Eduardo Torroja Award for Engineering and Architecture 2014 and AR award for Emerging Architecture 1999.