Architecture its atmosphere, presence, history, and beauty. Cultural heritage is also people's entitlement and basic part of their identity. Architecture is wonderful, but it only has meaning when it's allowed to be what it was designed to be. Irina Bokova (UNESCO's CEO), advocated (2013) that "protecting cultural heritage is inseparable from protecting the people because cultural heritage gives values and identity to the people"... we agree, and because of it, protecting cultural heritage can't be associated with turning it into an archeological piece. Architecture turned into archeology stops being real, it eliminates its atmosphere, it becomes something else, it adds decisions that distances us from the history of the Monuments itself. The physical presence -the object- is an essential piece, but a part of something greater: The place, the Architecture and it's identity. This work guarantees the utmost respect for the monastery, without forgetting it's environment and the rest of the things that proper Architecture has.
Santa Maria de Oia's Monastery
rodríguez + pintos arquitectos
Santiago Pintos Pena
Jaime Rodríguez Abilleira
Legal advisors: Miguel García iglesias, Carlos Pérez Ramos Consultant: SGS technos Landscape specialist: GCMP paisajes resilientes Technical advisor: Luis Alfonso iglesias Tapography: Topodel