Designed by the world-renowned Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and located at the mouth of the Urumea River, the Kursaal is San Sebastián's postmodern concert hall, film society, and convention center. The gleaming cubes of glass that make up this bright complex were conceived as a perpetuation of the site's natural geography, an attempt to underline the harmony between the natural and the artificial and to create a visual stepping-stone between the heights of Monte Urgull
and Monte Ulía. It has two auditoriums, a gargantuan banquet hall, meeting rooms, exhibition space, a set of terraces overlooking the estuary and the Ni Neu restaurant. For guided tours of the building, make arrangements in advance.
Mar 3, 2005
San Sebastian's Kursaal is second only to Bilbao's Guggenheim in the realm of landmark contemporary Basque architecture. This one is a pair of illuminated tapered glass cubes right on the Atlantic. The colors change from day to day, and all is reflected where the river meets the sea.