From the hotel door, we walk for five minutes to reach CGAC. Architecture is the first attraction of this Center which has been, since the 90’s, a flagship of the renovation of the city. Built in the border of the old town, it was integrated respecting the old stones, with clean planes and volumes which maintain a human scale. The entry is free and they organize activities, workshops and temporary exhibitions.
Beside CGAC, you will find “San Domingos de Bonaval”, designed by the same Portuguese architect. The intervention project turned the former ground and cemetery of the Dominican convent into a particular urban green area, to which we have access through the passage formed by the sides of the modern CGAC and the more traditional “Museo do Pobo Galego”. We can walk or rest on the grass of its hills, with a view to the roofs of the town, and we will find a “Chillida” sculpture. We walk along fountains, channels and lush oak forests.
Following the footsteps of Alvaro Siza, we walk north to the University Campus, through the “Parque de la Música”, which holds a pond where the “Auditorio de Galicia” is reflected on, until we reach the Faculty of Communication Sciences. The second great building of the Portuguese Master was inaugurated in 1993. The white colour, the volumes, the lines and the light mark this lecture building, in which you can enter and spot the wide and light spaces and even the furniture designed by Siza.
The discovery of contemporary Compostela requires of a visit to “Monte Gaiás” and its “Cidade da Cultura”, designed by New Yorker architect Peter Eisenman. This cultural mega structure reinterprets the map of the old town of Santiago, with its streets and squares to build an imaginary town in current terms. You can visit the buildings of the library, the archive and the “Museo de Galicia”. You can visit the “Gaiás” at the last minute, so you can contemplate the sunset or even enjoy one of the concerts organized within the cycle “Atardeceres no Gaiás”.