Among the many architectural projects undertaken for the 1993 Saint James Holy Year celebrations in Santiago de Compostela is Siza’s Center of Art, located next to the monastery of Santo Domingo de Bonaval. Next to the monastery, an old stable of the same name is being rebuilt as a public park. As a part of this civic improvement, the city has included a restaurant. The site slopes steeply towards the southeast, and Siza planned the project as a lookout oriented towards the city and centered on the silhouette of the cathedral’s towers, a view which will also be emphasized in the future intervention in the park itself. A two-story building with a strong horizontal accent rises from the highest point of the site. The upper floor houses a bar, which is illuminated by an interior court and a large terrace with magnificent views of the cathedral. The restaurant, on the lower level, is a large long volume surrounded by a continuous ribbon of glass. Ahorizontal visor reinforces the horizontality and unity of the complex, as well as framing the vistas of the Santiago skyline... [+]
Ayuntamiento de Santiago de Compostela.
Alessandro d'Amico, Caries Muro; Isabel Aguirre (arquitecto colaboradora);.