SelgasCano's Surreal Auditorium in Western Spain, Plasencia, Spain

In José Selgas and Lucia Cano's auditorium and congress center for the ancient city of Plasencia in western Spain, their design took off from the premise of refusing to fill or urbanize the site—a steep hillside—opting instead to preserve its arid, rocky landscape dotted with wild mountain shrubs. Their building occupies the parcel as lightly as possible, with the sloping volume that holds the auditorium seating cantilevered off the ground.

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