Pfalzkeller Gallery

St. Gallen


On behalf of the City and Canton of St. Gallen, Calatrava undertook the transformation of the historic Neue Pfalz cellars into a site for cultural events, while relocating the canton's emergency services center into a single new building. For the cultural space or 'Art Gallery', Calatrava created a new, semi-circular, below-grade forum, which can be used for exhibitions, media conferences, concerts and lectures. It is placed on the central axis of the Klosterhof building to avoid negative impact to the medieval facade. For the Art Gallery, Calatrava also renovated and transformed two existing underground rooms: the 70-meter-long (230 feet) palace cellar, which can be entered through two large arched constructions are suitable for exhibition and reception events; and the court cellar, around 30-meter-long (98 feet), which can be reached through a subterranean passage and from an historic entrance in the monastery courtyard, is suitable for more intimate meetings and receptions.


1997 - 1999


9000 St. Gallen