Contrast, contradiction or complementary – whatever your view is, there is no denying that the new glass addition at Palace Aiete commands your attention
More than 20 years ago, IM Pei’s controversial glass pyramids were unveiled at the
Today, the idea of mixing historic and modern architecture is more widely accepted, thanks in no small part to
Located in the monumental
Initiated by the town council and overseen by local architectural office Isuuru Arquitectos, the aim was to rehabilitate Palace Aiete, built by the dukes of Bailen in 1878.
Lead by architects Aitzpea Lazkano Orbegozo and Carlos Abadías Banzo, the fundamental core of the project was to find a balance between the programme needs and the possibilities of the palace’s structure, and focused on providing a balance that would maintain the essential nature of the pre-existing space and structures. As the original palace had made a distinction between its main floors and the service areas early on, the architects decided the project has to adapt to that structure.
Read the full story in the November 2011 issue of Perspective magazine!