Competition of ideas

The Xunta de Galicia called in 1999 an International Architecture Competition to build the City of Culture of Galicia on mount Gaiás in Santiago de Compostela.

Twelve proposals were initially submitted to this competition for ideas by renowned national and international architects’ studios, to end by being eleven, once Santiago Calatrava withdrew his project. The architects who brought forward their ideas to define the architectural complex and its uses were Ricardo Bofill, Peter Eisenman, Manuel Gallego Jorreto, Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer, Steve Holl, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault and César Portela.

Out of these ideas, the final project to be selected for development was the one designed by Eisenman Architects, as according to the Jury’s decision it was, "unique both in concept and plasticity, and exceptionally in tune with the site’s location.

Ricardo Bofill
Steven Holl