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Zabalaga Farmhouse

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Joaquín Montero Basqueseaux, Eduardo Chillida
location Hernani
function exposition space, renovation
contributed by Naomi

The Zabalaga Farmhouse is the centrepiece of the Chillida Leku Museum, a unique and magical space of a 12-hectare hillside with over 40 sculptures. The Zabalaga farmhouse houses the smaller format art pieces. Built in 1543, it's one of the oldest buildings still standing in Gipuzkoa. When the Chillida family purchased the first parcel of the Zabalaga estate in 1984, the farmhouse was essentially in ruins. Chillida turned the restoration into yet another work of art: the exterior remained as true to the original as possible, including the stately coat of arms, while the inside was gutted to give it a whole new personality. Chillida’s artistic intuition was backed by architect Joaquín Montero. He recalls the reconstruction work was carried out in a very peculiar way, without budgets or deadlines. 'Eduardo established the method, following his own work schedule, moving forward step by step, his only consideration being quality and a job well done.'

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Zabalaga Farmhouse
Barrio de Jauregui 66
Project is public!
Opening hours September to 30th June: 10:30am to 3:00pm. Tuesday closed. July to 31th August: 10:30am to 8:00pm. (Monday to Saturday, Tuesday included) On sunday: 10:30am to 3:00pm. Easter week : Monday, 17th March, tuesday 18th March, from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Wednesday 19th March to sunday 23: from 10:30 to 19:00pm. Guided visits -ask in the museum- September 2007 - June 2008 from Monday to Sunday: 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15.
How to get there? Bus: Autobuses Garayar bus G2 departs every half hour from Calle Okendo in San Sebastián. The trip takes about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to ask the driver to stop at the Chillida Leku, since the museum is not a regular stop. (+34) 943 336006
Completion 9- 2000
Main designer, ArchitectJoaquín Montero Basqueseaux
ArtistEduardo Chillida
Client Eduardo Chillida
Project ID 2219
Latitude/Longitude 43°16'43N 01°59'55W
Contributed by Naomi
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