Gallery: Spanish Palace’s Contemporary New Wing Sweeps Below Its Green ...

The storied Palace at Aiete Park is a landmark in San Sebastian, Spain, whose historic and cultural value has been enhanced by a very modern expansion that stretches below the neo-classical residence. Now home to the Human Rights Institute, the remodel and addition are part of the great contemporary architecture movement of seamlessly fusing historic buildings with modern wings (a practice that we love). Like the Louvre's underground expansion with its iconic glass pyramid or the massive visitor center at the Capitol Building in Washington DC, the Palace of Aiete's new add-on is a beaut; the only difference is that it sports a huge grassy park instead of a hardscape.

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  1. Holcim Awards January 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Great intervention. Tucking the building into the landscape has so many advantages for environmental reasons as well as for respecting the historic building. Really fantastic!

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