MUSAC Auditorium (León)

The Musac, with its colourful concrete facing that appears to be winking at the stained glass windows of the Cathedral

The MUSAC Auditorium in León, Castilla y León Province is one of the emblems of the city's urban renovation which, together with the Modern Art Museum, were both designed by the Madrid architects Luis Moreno Mansilla and Emilio Muñón and constructed by FCC.

The building is orientated towards 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.

This building is constructed over 9,000 square metres, is three floors high and is divided into two volumes that are clearly differentiated in both form and functions; the main one, more austere and discrete, holds the concert hall for 1,200 persons with a bifocal design that allows the space to be adapted to different forms, depending on the show being represented.

The second houses the exhibition hall, which is a slender vertical prism with an unmistakable façade of extremely expressive cubist windows.

This building has a floor plan having great geometric singularity consisting of two polygons, a square and a rhombus. The façade is made up of 3,351 pieces of glass that form a 37-colour mosaic.

The León Auditorium has received several awards and acknowledgements, among which, the 2003 Spanish Architecture Award, presented by the Council of Spanish Architectural Colleges, is noteworthy.

Remarkable aspects

  • A notable new construction designed by the Madrid Mansilla Y Tuñón Architects Studio.
  • The 2007 Miles van der Rohe Architecture award, which the highest European award in this field.

Client: GESTURCAL S.A. Castilla y León Community

Start date: 2002

End date: 2004