Peter Eisenman Architects City of Culture of Galicia
Santiago de Compostela || Spain
Course Description The course analyzes a project of great symbolic value and visual impact built to blend with its hilly landscape. The text provides a description and history of its construction within the local political and cultural context. The project, which includes a library, archives, and a museum, has become a modern architectural acropolis. The course includes images and technical drawings, and provides construction details with explanatory legends. On completing the course, the student will recognize the tangible impact that a major architectural project can have.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze the materials used for both the interior and exterior finishes in terms of how they are perceived and similarities with local architecture.
Assess the innovative aspects of the project in terms of the construction of forms and pathways, and how these fit into the context of the building.
Discuss the strategies employed to integrate the project into the surrounding landscape becoming part of it.
Recognize how the project has become a symbol of local identity.