- Creating atmospheres. Interior Design by Estudio Nómada.
The Galician City of Culture is a large museum complex in Santiago de Compostela, a city with a strong cultural appeal, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985.
Designed by American architect, Peter Eisenman, the museum seeks to bring together the finest cultural expressions of Galicia and Spain, as well as Europe and the rest of the world. The project for the centre’s canteen by local Spanish firm Estudio Nómada fits into this renowned architectural context.
Using the brightly-lit spaces adjoining the museum’s bookshop, they whimsically recreate the festive atmosphere of a summer picnic. So the table legs extend vertically like trees, almost to the ceiling, with decoratively branched lines and angles that draw the eye upward and that can also accommodate additional lighting systems. This subtle evocation of summer festivals where people gather together under the trees in the squares is a clear reference to local traditions, as is the service counter that divides the bookshop and the canteen, featuring brightly coloured tiles from the nearby town of Corrubedo.
Although this project has a contemporary touch, it is closely connected with indigenous customs, allowing it to merge seamlessly with the museum, because they speak the same language.
Project: Estudio Nómada, http://www.estudionomada.es
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Photography: (c) Santoz-Dies, http://santos-diez.com, Courtesy of Estudio Nómada