Set between the park and the sea, and on the axis of the local market, Centro Botín sits elevated, half on land and half over the water. Thus the view of the bay is unimpeded for people strolling in the gardens, with Centro Botín seeming to hover weightlessly at the height of the trees, and glimpsed through their foliage. A series of light walkways of steel and glass separate the two rounded volumes of the building and create a new square. Elevated high above ground level, to the north of the building, this square is fully public. Stairways and elevators then lead up to the two blocks of the art centre. From here the building projects 20 metres over the sea.
Centro Botín, Santander
Program: cultural centre
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Area: 10,285 sqm