Vigo appears as an explosion of constructions in all directions over an impressive and fairly handsome natural area. The Ría de Vigo (Vigo’s sea inlet) enjoys a milder climate and a bigger light intensity than the rest of Galicia and offers privileged views over the Cíes Islands. This natural frame contrasts with the city. Regarded from the sea Vigo looks like an scramble of buildings going uphill the steeply slopes and we hardly can recognize the city’s end or its original core.
Vigo’s urban plot reflects its dramatic demographic increase during the 20th century and specially after the 60’s. Vigo evolved from being a little fishing village of 35.000 inhabitants in the mid-nineteen century, to have a population of almost 200.000 in 1970. The result is a complex disassembled city that may appear as not finished and where rural and urban realities blend dramatically. Some of the most interesting projects of the last decades, some of them still ongoing, are focused on the redefinition of those limits, and include works from architects as Vázquez Consuerga, Aldo Rossi and César Portela, to name a few.