Code X: the city of culture of Galicia
Cynthia C. Davidson, Peter Eisenman, Kurt Walter Forster, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Eisenman Architects
Monacelli Press, Jul 7, 2005 - Architecture - 253 pages
Peter Eisenman's competition-winning project for the City of Culture of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is a formidable battery of museums, libraries, and auditoriums, a cultural acropolis atop a spectacular hillside site in northeastern Spain. By excavating the hilltop and arranging six buildings as a kind of artificial topography, Eisenman creates a new warped landscape that seems to merge building and ground, that occupies the hilltop without seeming to have been built upon it. In CODEX, the New York-based Eisenman, known for a career of formal investigations, reveals in essays and illustrations his theory of coding as a device for producing form. Through more than three hundred line drawings and perspectives, the development of the code--and the buildings and landscape it informs--becomes apparent, culminating in a giant earthwork as excavation of the site begins.
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Code X in Three Movements
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adjacent buildings Alberti's architecture axonometric of tartan Bird's-eye perspective building envelope cathedral central plaza Central Services centuries Christian City of Culture Codex Calixtinus complex conventions Culture of Galicia deformation lines diagram edge eight-meter grid Eisenman Architects envelope in relation Excavation Exploded axonometric exterior flow lines Following pages footprints of adjacent formal functions Galician History Galician Music Theater gallery geometry granite hill Holy Sepulchre idea Jerusalem landscape ley lines Library of Galicia longer Manuel Fraga Iribarne matrix medieval metaphysics metaphysics of presence Museum of Galician old Santiago Opposite palimpsest Periodicals Archive Perspective sections Perspective studies Peter Eisenman photograph pictorial pilgrimage pilgrims presence reading Reflected ceiling plan regulating lines relation to deformation relationship Renaissance representation Saint James Santiago de Compostela scale Schematic service tunnel simulacrum soffit surface spaces structure Study model symbolic tartan grid roof third dimension tion topography torquing action town traces Wireframe Xunta de Galicia