Cidade da Cultura de Galicia

  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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A Future Layout


A trace in the sense of an imprint


Inscribed in the ground, the stone, hard, there for a long time, a very longtime.

A trace in the linear, dynamic sense

In the sense of a trail, a trait

I propose a line of light

The line of light is transversal, perforates the relief,

Enigmatic, mysterious,

Symbol of a future

Of a confrontation of light and matter,

Generally matter stops light in its path

Here matter is perforated by light.

It is the meeting point of extremes.

Of mass and evanescence

Of thick and thin

Of shadow and light

Of invisible and visible

Of opacity and transparency

Of hidden and revealed

Of disappearance and appearance.

For these fragile reasons it is an inscription of culture.

On this outline Lines are drawn, develop

To a rhythm and programs that only history will define.

Libraries, museums, music halls, theatres,

But also places of tomorrow at every scale

Seeking media of the future.

The cultural as an echo of the religious

It attracts and becomes a place of shared emotions.



Jean Nouvel