Located in the old convent of San Francisco restored by the architect Manuel de las Casas, it integrates a functionally effective complex by combining the old stone factory with the glass and steel of the coating that dominates the current intervention. In an area of 8000m² (3500m² built) the complex houses the following spaces: Assembly Room, Videoconference Room (Escalante Chapel) Meeting Room (Ocampo Chapel), Exhibition Room (Rector Chapel), Documentation Centre, Cafeteria, Private Area and Residential Area.
This place where Castilian communards used to gather also served as barracks for French troops, who caused irreparable damage to its structure.
The final exclusion of the convent took place in the 1930s.
The building has two very different areas: the historical architectural part and the new construction part.
"The proposal for the creation of the King Afonso Henriques Foundation in this set of Gothic vestiges is simple: to enhance that mysterious beauty of incompleteness that evokes past times of the undoubted plastic capacity of the ruin, and articulates, with light volumes, a sequence of spaces that respond to a program This idea, together with the mark of what was the conventual complex, the privileged views over the river and the city of Zamora lead to the solution adopted: "an L-shaped building , which delimits the former void of the Church, and which divides the space into two: a public garden, which was previously occupied by three naves of the Church, and another which occupies the place of the first cloister of the former convent complex ".
(Manuel de las Casas)