CLADmag issue 3 2017

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NEWS FEATURE

Renzo Piano’s elevated Centro Botín art museum opens in Santander The gallery’s two volumes are clad with an intricate ceramic skin reflecting the shifting colours of the sky and the sea

IMAGE: BELEN DE BENITO

R

enzo Piano has completed his first Spanish building; a bold new art museum on the waterfront of Santander.

Designed in collaboration with Luis

Vidal Architects, Centro Botín is formed of two dramatic volumes that cantilever over the sea. A ceramic skin composed of 270,000 circular pieces reflects light

It will become one of the centres of reference for art in Europe Inigo Sáenz de Miera, Botín Foundation

and the changing colours of the sky and the water below. The west of the

landscape architect Fernando Caruncho

museum is dedicated to art and the east

– tripling the green areas so they reach all

to cultural and educational activities.

the way to the sea. Artist Cristina Iglesias

Together the 10,285sq m complex

has created a stone, steel and water

features two large exhibition halls, an

‘sculptural intervention’ here called From

auditorium for 300 people, training

the Underground – consisting of four wells

classrooms, workshop areas, a roof

and a pool filled with underwater flora.

terrace and a seafood tavern run by Michelin star chef Jesús Sánchez.

Centro Botín is run by the Botín Foundation, which promotes regional social

Two squares to the north and west of

development. Director general Inigo Sáenz

the building provide new areas of public

de Miera described the facility as “a unique

Centro Botín is the fi rst building Italian architect

realm, with the latter forming an outdoor

place for art, and an engine generating

Renzo Piano has designed in Spain

amphitheatre for cultural activities.

economic, social and cultural wealth.”

The site is located in Santander’s historic

Three big shows are scheduled this year,

Jardines de Pereda, which has been

including a first in Spain for artist Carsten

remodeled and expanded by Piano and

Höller and a Francisco Goya exhibition. ●

THIS IMAGE & LEFT: ENRICO CANO

Visitors can ascend the building via a network of exterior walkways and staircases

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