Housing the Basque Country


Housing the Basque Country presents the results of the Basque Government’s housing policy from 1981, when competences in housing were transferred to the Region, to the present day. The exhibition aims to succinctly and harmoniously present the various narratives hinging around public housing given that this area is undoubtedly one of those that encompasses the greatest array of social issues, from politics to architecture, from economics to production, from sociology to history and legal affairs. It naturally places those living in these homes at its centre. Certainly, as it affects not only the way we understand homes, but also the way homes are obtained and produced, the way cities are generated, and, in short, the way in which wealth, progress and well-being are generated, public housing condenses society’s most important issues.

System Design: the Ulm School, Construction Department


After the end of World War II, Europe rebuilt its industry through the value added of design. The Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm (1953–1968) made a decisive contribution to the creation of the designer profession, going beyond the theories of the old applied and decorative arts schools, and creating a way to project and design accessible to large segments of Western society. It was a reference for both industrialised architecture and the reconstruction of the German industry and economy.

Peña Ganchegui Prize 2019, Young Basque Architecture


This award is held every two years for architects with less than a decade of experience and who carry out their professional work or have studied in the Basque Country. Created by the Peña Ganchegui Archive in collaboration with the Housing and Architecture Directorate of the Basque Government, the Award intends to give visibility to work that contributes to promote, develop and consolidate the architectural culture.

San Sebastian Old Town and Harbour: Monumental Complex


Exhibition produced to celebrate that San Sebastian Old Town has been recently declared a Monumental Complex. Based on some solid research, it provides renewed information on the construction process of the Old Town area and its evolution through time. It highlights the role of different agents, promoters and architects whose individual contribution was very little known until now.

Tabula Non Rasa


Modernism largely broke with this tradition : It declared the old city as obsolete and called for a clean state of the extant to build the city of tomorrow without any precedence of the past.

Over millennia, architecture has embodied the notion of
constant change. Most buildings from architectural history no longer
exist today in their original form but have been relentlessly
transformed over time. In this way they have been able to outlast epochs
and to fulfil successive changing functions, for which they were not
originally planned. Thus palaces turned into residential buildings,
churches into indoor swimming pools and coliseums into urban
neighborhoods. Modernism largely broke with this tradition: It declared
the old city as obsolete and called for a clean slate of the extant to
build the city of tomorrow without any precedence of the past.