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ACCIONA Construction begins work on the Fontán Building in Galicia’s City of Culture complex

  • The facility, on Mount Gaias in Santiago de Compostela, has a budget of more than €12.2 million (excl. VAT) and will house universal services for Galicia’s three universities, as well as a centre for studying Galician heritage and the Camino de Santiago

ACCIONA Construction, in a joint venture with the company San José, has begun work on the Fontán Building, the last part of the Galician City of Culture complex on Mount Gaias in Santiago de Compostela.

The works are now underway following the visit by Román Rodríguez, Galicia’s regional minister for culture and tourism, on 7 December to see the structure that will serve as the base of the building and ensure that the relevant health and safety studies had been carried out.

The avant-garde building, designed by Andrés Perea, will cover more than 11,700 m2. It will house three important centres: the University System Quality Agency; the Inter-university Consortium of Galicia, which will be the hub for jointly managing Galicia’s three universities; and the future European Centre for Research into Cultural Landscapes, which will operate as a permanent observatory of the Camino de Santiago.

More than 140 people will work on this building which, with a budget of more than €12.2 million (excl. VAT), will have the largest auditorium in the City of Culture complex with a capacity for 750 people, as well as a covered garden on the rooftop terrace that can also be used as an exhibition space.The building’s architecture features a striking curved metallic roof and glass facades, in line with the style of the other buildings in the complex.

The Fontán Building, which will be constructed on the reinforced concrete structure of the incomplete Teatro de la Música, will share its energy costs with the other buildings in the complex and will maximise the use of natural light through solar panels.

Galicia’s City of Culture is an architectural complex designed by Peter Eisenman, located at the top of Mount Gaias in Santiago de Compostela.Covering almost 142,000 m2, the complex consists of various buildings and spaces for culture and entertainment.The future Fontán Building will sit alongside the Gaiás Centre Museum; the Cultural Innovation Centre; the Library and Archive of Galicia; and the Hejduk Towers.

The Fontán Building joins the list of works that ACCIONA Construction has carried out in Galicia's City of Culture, such as the Library and Archive of Galicia, the utility tunnels and the hard landscaping for the second phase of the complex, which included asphalting, road surfacing, the urban furniture and garden landscaping, as well as the infrastructure works for use of the facilities (lighting, sanitation, etc.).

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