Biennale Architettura 2016
La Biennale di Venezia
Pabellón español
Spanish pavilion

Pilgrim’s museum

Manuel Gallego Jorreto

Pilgrim’s museum
Manuel Gallego Jorreto

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The former Bank of Spain in Santiago de Compostela was located in the plaza de Platerías and since its completion in 1949 had the dubious honour of being the most controversial building in the city. The construction of the new pilgrims’ museum by Manuel Gallego in the abandoned bank building succeeded in eliminating the negative energy that had always resided there. The need to conserve the stone facade didn’t impede the reorganization of the building complex, nor did the phrase “contemporary architecture as a new reference on the urban scene” as stated in the specific urban planning guidelines for the historic city centre. The new building is flexible and its visitor path is proposed as the continuation of the route of the Camino de Santiago, which culminates in a lookout from which to contemplate the Cathedral.


Pilgrim´s museum

Plaza de las Platerías. Santiago de Compostela

Manuel Gallego Jorreto

Project team:
Eduardo Cruz. Julio Grande. Alejandro Álvarez. arquitectos. Cándido Couceriro (architecture students) Lourdes Mosquera(drafter) Javier Estévez Cimadevila (Structural design) Quicler-López (Mechanical systems)

3.500 m²

Manuel González Vicente