A Daring New City of Culture Takes Shape Above Medieval Europe's Great Pilgrimage Site

Santiago de Compostela to be Site of the City of Culture of Galicia

Designed by Peter Eisenman



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Kreisberg Group

   NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Spain's Minister of Education, Culture
 and Sports, Pilar del Castillo, and Manuel Fraga Iribarne, President of the
 Xunta of Galicia, today unveiled plans for the City of Culture of Galicia
 (CCG): an 810,000 square foot, $125 million project designed by the
 world-renowned firm of Eisenman Architects.  One of the largest cultural
 complexes now in development worldwide, the CCG is evidence of Spain's growing
 investment in culture as an economic development tool.  Banking on the
 "Bilbao-effect" (so-called for the popularity conferred on that city by the
 Guggenheim Museum), the Autonomous Community of Galicia, in the northwest
 corner of Spain, looks to its boldly contemporary City of Culture to spur
 tourism at the same time as it enriches local cultural and educational
 offerings.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/NYTU010 )
     Located two miles outside the heart of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO
 World Heritage City and capital of Galicia, the CCG is a technologically
 advanced, architecturally bold complex of six buildings.  Major components are
 The Museum of Galician History, new Technologies Center, Music Theater,
 Galician Library and Periodicals Archive, Central Services and Administration
 building and Arboretum of Galicia.
     According to architect Peter Eisenman, the CCG will create a modern,
 secular pilgrimage site, in contrast with the medieval, religious heart of
 Santiago de Compostela, transforming the landscaped, 173-acre hilltop into a
 "magic mountain."  The tilting, yawing, undulating ensemble of buildings and
 walkways, cut through by an arroyo-like plaza, in effect transposes the
 historic core of Santiago de Compostela onto the topography of Monte Gaias.
 Excavated from the hilltop and clad and roofed in native stone, the CCG will
 take shape as if the structures were not buildings as such but rather shapes
 cut out of the mountain.
     "The City of Culture of Galicia is designed to reflect our culture,"
 stated Manuel Fraga Iribarne, President of the Xunta de Galicia, "progressive
 and outward-looking, creative and cutting-edge, pluralistic yet true to
 itself, attuned to modern and advanced technologies, and linked definitively
 to the information society."
     The projected completion date for the first building in the City of
 Culture of Galicia is January 2003, with completion of the entire complex in
 2004.
 
 

SOURCE The Kreisberg Group
   NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Spain's Minister of Education, Culture
 and Sports, Pilar del Castillo, and Manuel Fraga Iribarne, President of the
 Xunta of Galicia, today unveiled plans for the City of Culture of Galicia
 (CCG): an 810,000 square foot, $125 million project designed by the
 world-renowned firm of Eisenman Architects.  One of the largest cultural
 complexes now in development worldwide, the CCG is evidence of Spain's growing
 investment in culture as an economic development tool.  Banking on the
 "Bilbao-effect" (so-called for the popularity conferred on that city by the
 Guggenheim Museum), the Autonomous Community of Galicia, in the northwest
 corner of Spain, looks to its boldly contemporary City of Culture to spur
 tourism at the same time as it enriches local cultural and educational
 offerings.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010403/NYTU010 )
     Located two miles outside the heart of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO
 World Heritage City and capital of Galicia, the CCG is a technologically
 advanced, architecturally bold complex of six buildings.  Major components are
 The Museum of Galician History, new Technologies Center, Music Theater,
 Galician Library and Periodicals Archive, Central Services and Administration
 building and Arboretum of Galicia.
     According to architect Peter Eisenman, the CCG will create a modern,
 secular pilgrimage site, in contrast with the medieval, religious heart of
 Santiago de Compostela, transforming the landscaped, 173-acre hilltop into a
 "magic mountain."  The tilting, yawing, undulating ensemble of buildings and
 walkways, cut through by an arroyo-like plaza, in effect transposes the
 historic core of Santiago de Compostela onto the topography of Monte Gaias.
 Excavated from the hilltop and clad and roofed in native stone, the CCG will
 take shape as if the structures were not buildings as such but rather shapes
 cut out of the mountain.
     "The City of Culture of Galicia is designed to reflect our culture,"
 stated Manuel Fraga Iribarne, President of the Xunta de Galicia, "progressive
 and outward-looking, creative and cutting-edge, pluralistic yet true to
 itself, attuned to modern and advanced technologies, and linked definitively
 to the information society."
     The projected completion date for the first building in the City of
 Culture of Galicia is January 2003, with completion of the entire complex in
 2004.
 
 SOURCE  The Kreisberg Group