Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago
Álvaro Siza 

Center of Contemporary Art, Santiago

Álvaro Siza 


The second project realization of the Portuguese master in Spain is also one of his most successful works of the nineties. Although his fragmented architecture has not always provided the most appropriate setting for the display of contemporary art, the dialogue between this museum and the historic city is exemplary. The triangular site and its orientation suggest the construction of two L-shaped bodies. These forms are articulated to create both an interior patio and also the entrance vestibule facing the portal of the convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval. The volume and granite cladding of the building convert it into an intermediary element among the different scales coexisting on the site. Inside, the skylights in the permanent collection rooms, half-hidden by horizontal slabs, make a soft light slip along the walls...[+]