This is the work of the Madrid architects Luis Moreno Mansilla and Emilio Muñón and is one of the urban renewal emblems in this city, together with the Arte Contemporáneo Museum, which was designed by the same architects and also constructed by FCC.
The building is orientated towards neighbouring San Marcos Square and the plateresque hostel pays homage to León's history, which is also reflected in the use of large marble pieces in the façades, echoing the city's Roman origins. It is discrete and does not go above the surrounding buildings, especially the old Quevedo prison convent.
In addition, the building consists of the space for the Auditorium, a building like the Exhibition Hall and an administrative annexe. Its architectonic condition converts it into a multi-role building in which, as well as its main function of holding musical or theatrical events, it can present all types of activities relating to the world of culture and can also be a congress hall. Despite its fundamental multi-role spirit, the Auditorium was especially intended for music recitals, something that has lead its design being optimised for acoustic quality.
This building, with its 9,107 constructed square metres, is six floors high and consists of two clearly differentiated volumes in both form and function, with the main one for the actual auditorium being the more austere and discrete and which contains the concert room for 1,200 persons having a bifocal design that allows space adaptation according to the type of spectacular to present, with the completely wooden symphony hall being outstanding. The second volume, which is more open and cheerful, houses the exhibition hall, which is a slender vertical prism with an unmistakable façade of extremely expressive cubist windows.
The León Auditorium has received several awards and acknowledgements, among which the 2003 Spanish Architecture Award, presented by the Council of Spanish Architectural Colleges, stands out.
- Multi-role building.
- Concrete, steel and wood was employed in its construction, above all, the latter, but not a single brick.
- The façade presented great technical difficulty and was executed in a very short time.
Client: Castilla y León regional Government
Start date: 1998
End date: May 2002