The Barrié Foundation operates from the two largest cities in Galicia, co-ordinating its activity from north to south and extending it to the rest of the region.
The A Coruña premises opened in 1995 in the very heart of the city, offering 8,000 square meters of floor space distributed in flexible spaces for meetings and conferences, an auditorium seating 369 people and 1,000 square meters of exhibition space.
A benchmark for the social and cultural life of the city of A Coruña, the Foundation is housed in a classical building next to the Banco Pastor, on the Canton Grande, a traditional meeting place for both locals and visitors.
The opening of the Vigo premises in October 2005 enabled the Foundation to take a leap forward in terms of qualitative impact and bring its educational and social activities closer to the south of Galicia.
In 2007, the Vigo centre was awarded two prestigious prizes: the FAD Prize for Architecture and Interior Design, in the interior design category, and the Saloni Award in the category of Interior Architecture. Both awards
recognised the restoration work in the centre, which lies behind the façade of a building designed by local architect Manuel Gómez Román in 1919. The restoration was undertaken by architects Emilio Tuñón and Luis Mansilla, whose project came up with a perfectly balanced contemporary response to the Foundation’s needs. The restoration produced almost 3,000 square meters distributed in a versatile and flexible manner over five floors. The ground floor is home to the auditorium or “box of miracles”, an extremely high-ceilinged, flexible and changeable space that thanks to the incorporation of state-of-the-art stage technology can be modified by changing the floor level, hiding panels and lowering objects and curtains, allowing it to be used for presentations, exhibitions, concerts and many other purposes. In addition, the building boasts two multipurpose floors for travelling exhibitions while the assembly hall on the top floor is equipped with a mechanism that raises the seating to ceiling height, leaving the space open to be used as an additional exhibition room, or a versatile workshop.