What to see in Leon
The modern Leon Auditorium, the work of the renowned Mansilla & Tuñón architectural firm, was built in 2002 and is considered one of the most modern and spectacular in Europe.
The architectural concept is impressive, as it plays with the spaces in an abstract and interesting way. That is why it has received various awards, including the VII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism and the Mies van der Rohe of Contemporary Architecture of the European Union.
Its location next to the MUSAC and the magnificent building of the Junta de Castilla y Leon makes it an authentic epicentre of the new modern architecture of the 21st century in Leon and a very attractive place for tourism.
Its cubist façade, composed of abstract and geometric elements, was devised to give it a modern approach, but also as part of the internal structural design to improve acoustics.
The capacity of the auditorium varies from 600 to 1,200 spectators, with two multipurpose exhibition rooms where artistic or musical performances can take place, as well as traveling exhibitions and conferences.
The internal structural design of the auditorium is raised as a narrow prism with one of its façades looking towards the city with a succession of windows of different sizes. Meanwhile, the volume of the auditorium appears cut to enlarge the skylight of the lobby, as well as the courtyard.
Other interesting details are the area that houses the offices, which acts as a transition space between the ground floor and the auditorium, and the area with dressing rooms and changing rooms located in the basement, illuminated through the patio where the cafeteria is located.