The future Fontán Building will complete the complex of the City of Culture of Galicia, taking advantage of the structure originally destined for the Opera Theatre. Conceived by the architect Andrés Perea, in charge together with the company EuroEstudios of the project to draft and manage the works of the City of Culture, the Fontán is characterized both in its façade and in its overall design by its integration with the buildings already erected in the Gaiás, designed by Peter Eisenman, fitting both in complicity and understanding with the skyline of Gaiás, but without mimicking, in the quest for formal autonomy.
The Fontán will host three institutions linked to the University System of Galicia (SUG), two of which have been recently created:
- Inter-University Consortium of the University System of Galicia (CISUG): a newly created entity to foster collaboration between the three Galician universities in organizational, economic, technical and administrative matters .
- European Research Centre on Cultural Landscapes (CEIPAC): a new research centre will be created, the first one of the SUG linked to Social Sciences and Humanities
- Agency for Quality of the University System of Galicia (ACSUG): an existing institution with the mission of guaranteeing the quality of the University System of Galicia
The architectural project for the new Fontán Building is defined as austere, simple and without ostentatious materials, such as the glass walls from floor to ceiling and the decision to build a metal roof, instead of one covered in stone or concrete tiles, which would be costlier and more time-consuming.
It will be, precisely, the glass and metal materials that describe its formal appearance. Divided into four storeys, which add up to a total built-up area of 12,800 square metres, certain services or structures draw attention, other than the facilities of a building devoted to research such as the laboratories.
Such unique elements are: the Auditorium, with a seating capacity for 750 people, which may be divided into three rooms with independent events; an indoor garden with open facades, also thought as a museum space linked to the activity it houses; the inner courtyards; and a new main street that will cross the Fontán Building communicating the two pedestrian ways of the Cidade da Cultura (the CINC and the Library of Galicia), without having to go around it.
The new building will be characterized by its sustainability, functionality and also flexibility to facilitate potential future changes to its services and uses.