We present in our blog another episode of the American TV show "Build It Bigger", this time focused in the project "City of Culture", an architecture program composed by libraries, performance spaces and museums, divided into six structures. The project is an example of a non efficient Cost Management, since it doubled its original budget, making the construction on site to stop before the project's completion due to this serious budget overrun.
"The City of Culture of Galicia (Galician: Cidade da Cultura de Galicia)
is a complex of cultural buildings in Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña,
Galicia, Spain, designed by a group of architects led by Peter Eisenman.
Construction is challenging and expensive as the design of the
buildings involves high degree contours, meant to make the buildings
look like rolling hills. Nearly every window of the thousands that are
part of the external façade has its own custom shape. In 2013 it was
announced that after more than a decade, construction of the project
would be halted. The International Art Center and Music and Scenic Arts
Center will not be built.
In February 1999 the Parliament of Galicia
held an international design competition for a cultural center on Mount
Gaiás. The entrants were Ricardo Bofill, Manuel Gallego Jorreto, Annette
Gigon and Mike Guyer, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Juan
Navarro Baldeweg, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, Cesar Portela,
Santiago Calatrava, who later withdrew his proposal, and Eisenman, whose
proposal was selected for both conceptual uniqueness and exceptional
harmony with the place.
The concept of the project is a new peak on
Monte Gaiás, made up of a stony crust reminiscent of an archaeological
site divided by natural breaks that resemble scallops, the traditional
symbol of Compostela.
The building site has also become the base for
the development of a public transparency urban experiment by the Spanish
architect and artist Andrés Jaque. With Jaque's 12 Actions to Make the
Cidade da Cultura Transparent, the building site was equipped with
devices that make the political implications and ecological extension of
the construction works understandable for the general public." - transcription available on Youtube.com