THE ARCHITECT FRIEND THAT SHOWS YOU GALICIA

Thousands of pilgrims walk kilometres to arrive further than the end: Finisterre.

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Santiago de Compostela

That is why we are the way's end

Thousands of kilometres of coastline define countless types of sea limits.

A great diversity of heritage located in unbeatable locations

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New projects by internationally recognized and local architects.

New homes create new ways of inhabitating Galician heritage.

New cultural buildings in the heart of historic towns as the Museum of Pilgrimage by the architect Manuel Gallego Jorreto in Plaza de Platerías in Santiago de Compostela.

The atlantic coast is the most populated area, however between the hundreds of villages, sandy beaches offer an extensive variety of landscapes.

A dramatic city

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.

In relation with the early-twentieth century industrial development, we find some examples of modernism and rationalism in the early expansion districts for the dynamic local industrial business middle-class and located nearby the old town. This last area is currently under a revitalization process including refurbishment of housing blocks, public buildings and urban spaces.

From the 90’s the city seek for the creation of a new university city. Located in the outskirts, the university campus is a clear bet for contemporary architecture, with buildings designed by architects as Enric Miralles. All in all Vigo is a vibrant city and can be read as clear example of Spanish society’s development during the 20th century and its current regeneration.

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University of Vigo (half day)

 

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Museo del Mar by Cesar Portela and Aldo Rossi in Vigo, Galicia. Contemporary architecture in stone.
  • The largest fishing port in Europe and second of the world after Tokyo.
  • From the city you can reach one of the so-called best beaches in the world, located to the Cíes Islands, right in from of Vigo.
  • The old town is an outstanding example of current urban regeneration, after the social crisis that made it struggle back in the 80’s.