Today we explored a truly excellent cultural centre and museum – The city of Granada’s new Cultural Centre, the ‘Memoria de Andalucía’; a highly contemporary and innovative celebration of the region’s history, landscape, culture, and people.
Childhood memories of school trips to city museums have much to answer for; often intended by well-meaning teachers to be days-out to inspire and bring history and culture to life, usually ended in boredom and havoc on the bus trip home. For many these lasting memories would make museums a definite ‘no-no’ for sightseeing.
Yet Granada’s ‘Centro Cultural CajaGRANADA Memoria de Andalucía’ could well be the type of mold-breaking institution to change the idea of what a museum is and how it communicates with its audience. Combining world-class, avant-garde contemporary architecture with presentations that utilise the latest in interactive technology and media, the centre presents the rich cultural and natural diversity of Andalucía in a compelling and innovative way.
The spaces are full of interactive installations using both high technology and simple, clever displays to tell the story of Andalucía. The huge post modernist building is strikingly design. At the very top of the huge concrete tower is a panoramic restaurant by Alvaro Arriaga. I’m going to do a piece on the centre for the newspaper and will add the clipping here when it is published.
Here is the feature I wrote recently following the visit: