Musikene has had a new headquarters since September 2016. It is the work of the GAZ architects’ studio. Located at Plaza Europa, on the San Sebastián university campus, it is one of the most state-of-the-art buildings in the city. It received an award from the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco Navarro (Official Institute of Architects of the Basque Country and Navarre) in the 2016 edition of the COVAN Prizes.
The building is designed to optimise the access of natural light to interior spaces, and it meets the demands of a leading musical higher education school. It occupies a total area of 13,096 square metres. It houses a multi-purpose auditorium, with capacity for 420 people, which can be divided into three spaces. The exterior, shaped with three large incisions showing the contrast between the façades, combines black lacquer and golden tones, evocative of musical instruments.
Once inside, the 99 spaces devoted to academic activity are able to satisfy the needs of the most demanding musician. There are 68 classrooms for teaching, including a recording studio, an electro-acoustic laboratory, an instrument-making classroom, an ICT classroom and 49 instrumental classrooms of various sizes equipped to teach classes on different subjects, with some larger classrooms devoted to groups, percussion and dance.
Meanwhile, Musikene students are able to practise in 31 studio booths. They also have access to different-sized individual lockers in which to keep their instruments. All studio booths have natural light. The move to these new headquarters in 2016 meant saying goodbye to Miramar Palace–headquarters of the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco (Higher Centre of Music of the Basque Country) since its creation in 2001– and occupying a functional and perfectly equipped space, designed for music and built in accordance with Musikene’s characteristic excellence.