Ciudad de León Auditorium

The Leon Auditorium pays homage to the Ortega y Gasset-based ‘see and be seen’ concept, and responds to the model consolidated by the splendid Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada. The project constitutes an exercise in realism whose small size is not only a guarantee of usage and economics but also reduces the presence of the building in the city. It is precisely this small-scale perception that led to the placement of the exhibition hall in a separate piece, merging the historically established benefit of small foregrounds with the ability to orient the building towards the Hostal San Marcos, thereby outlining a new visual order on the existing platform.
The auditorium thus turns its lion’s head and, like a plateresque echo of the San Marcos church, the face is constructed as a stack of windows in which two diverse orders appear: the perimeter of the apertures that refer to geometry, and the inner aperture of each window, fruit of the necessities of the interior. The constructed plane thus oscillates between a group of stacked windows that are equal in their entity yet different in their form of entity. They are all stacked, reflecting doubts about whether the external perimeter is prior to or a product of the stack. In point of fact, it is a stack of contrary indications. Furthermore, the main volume of the building, relegated to the background, extends the section until it becomes an elevation; an extruded volume whose profile is lightened by placing more emphasis on the surface than on the volume itself.