The Spanish architect Rafael Moneo has completed his “most abstract work”—a new museum for the University of Navarra in Pamplona, northern Spain—the Pritzker Prize winner told the Spanish TV channel Antena3.
The 11,000 sq. m, concrete, basalt and wood building will not open until January 2015, but it features a 750-seat auditorium, which was inaugurated by the National Youth Orchestra of Uruguay on Monday.
The €22.5m museum’s most notable feature “is the way in which it is inserted and integrated into the campus and not appear as a mass presence,” Moneo told reporters while giving a tour. He also said he is satisfied to see the museum turning into a small cultural center that links the university community to the city.
Moneo’s previous projects include the expansion of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.