Llotja de Sant Jordi (Alcoy)

Extensive space of concrete and granite created between 1992 and 1995 by Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava simulating the skeleton of a large animal.

Inaugurated in 1997, it has hosted numerous cultural and social activities.

The vault of this immaculate white underground hall is a succession of parabolic arches, a common motif in Calatrava.

Access is through the Plaça d’Espanya by means of a hydraulic system of doors that give access to two staircases concealed by trapdoors.

Once inside, the main entrance takes us to the tail of the animal, and the opposite end to the head.

The characteristics of this space include the natural light that infiltrates from the ceiling and its parallel arrangement with respect to the Plaça d’Espanya, even respecting the slight inclination of the surface.