The International Congress Of San Sebastian

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Architect Rafael Moneo
A Spanish architect won the Pritzker Prize in 1996 and he was the only spanish architect that has received it . His most symbolic work in spain is Atocha Train Station (Madrid), Kursaal Congress Center (San Sebastián), the wineries of Julian Chivite Estella (Navarre), and the concert Auditorium (Barcelona) among others.
Rafael 's Latest Work
• Extension of the Museo del Prado (Madrid)
• Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional de Arte Romano de Mérida (Spain)
• Museo de la Ciencia de Valladolid (Spain)
• Davis Museum at Wellesley College
• Museo de Bellas Artes de Houston
• Museum of Fine Arts (EEUU)
• Moderna Museet och Arkitekturmusset

The International Congress of San Sebastian (Kursaal Auditorium) is composed of two huge glass cubes. Rafael describes it as a "stranded rock" next to the Cantabrian, some areas connected underground, sheltering in their bowels two multipurpose auditoriums, an exhibition hall, a restaurant and parking. The Kursaal is composed of two large translucent glass cubes deformed and oriented with respect to Mount Urgull in the west and the Ulía in the east. These blocks, with their unbalanced geometry, seem to assume the scale and nature of the bay.


In the first of the "stranded rocks," is the auditorium. The room has a rectangular shape with a flat deck and around the ground floor there are: counseling, telephones, and toilets. Access to the top of the room is via ramps…

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