Pi­ano’s sea­side con­certo

This dis­tinc­tive new build­ing has been de­signed to re­flect its bright sur­round­ings of sea and sun­lit sky.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Spaces -

A NEW cen­tre for con­tem­po­rary art, Cen­tro Botin, opened re­cently in the Cantabria re­gion of north­ern Spain. In­tended as a per­ma­nent home for the art, cul­tural, and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes of Fun­da­cion Botin, a pri­vate Span­ish phil­an­thropic or­gan­i­sa­tion founded in 1964, the cen­tre was de­signed by Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Renzo Pi­ano.

Sit­u­ated on San­tander’s wa­ter­front, on the site of a for­mer park­ing lot, the cen­tre is right next to San­tander Old Town and is set in the his­toric Pereda Gar­dens. The build­ing is raised above ground and com­prises two smoothly rounded blocks, ris­ing 20m above sea level, which are linked by steel and glass walk­ways. The fa­cade is cov­ered with 280,000 rounded, pearl-coloured ceramic tiles that re­flect the chang­ing colours of the sea and the sky.

The west sec­tion is ded­i­cated to art, with ex­hi­bi­tion gal­leries on two lev­els, of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views over the sea and the sur­round­ing gar­dens. On the out­side, small slats of silkscreened glass pre­vent light from en­ter­ing the gallery space. This sec­tion is also home to a restau­rant, stores, and leisure ar­eas.

The east sec­tion is for ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, with an au­di­to­rium for con­certs, lec­tures, and con­fer­ences. The north part has spa­ces for hold­ing classes, art work­shops, mu­sic lessons, dance lessons, and cook­ery work­shops for chil­dren, teens, fam­i­lies and adults.

On the out­side, vis­i­tors can en­joy a new am­phithe­atre and screen, which will be used for open-air film screen­ings.

Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Pi­ano – who fa­mously co-de­signed the

game-chang­ing Cen­tre Ge­orges Pom­pi­dou art mu­seum in Paris in 1977 with Bri­tish ar­chi­tect Richard Rogers – has won sev­eral pres­ti­gious prizes for his work, in­clud­ing the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects’ much sought af­ter Royal Gold Medal for Ar­chi­tec­ture in 1989, the equally im­por­tant Pritzker Ar­chi­tec­ture Prize in 1998, and the AIA Gold Medal from the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects in 2008. His other stand­out projects in­clude two in the United States – the ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of the Fogg Mu­seum in Cam­bridge, and the Whit­ney Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in New York – the Lon­don Bridge Tower in Lon­don, the Torre In­tesa San­paolo in Turin in Italy, and the Stavros Niar­chos Foun­da­tion Cul­tural Cen­ter in Athens.

The Fun­da­cion Marcelino Botin was founded in 1964 by Marcelino Botin Sanz de Sau­tuola to pro­mote the so­cial, eco­nomic, and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion of Cantabria in Spain. To­day, it is presided over by Javier Botin. The foun­da­tion or­gan­ises pro­grammes in the fields of art, cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence, and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, and sup­ports so­cial in­sti­tu­tions in Cantabria. San­tander has been the home to four gen­er­a­tions of the Botin fam­ily, founders of Span­ish bank­ing group Banco San­tander, which is also head­quar­tered in Cantabria. — AFP Re­laxnews

— Pho­tos: AFP

The Cen­tro Botin’s fa­cade is cov­ered with 280,000 rounded, pearl-coloured ceramic tiles that re­flect the chang­ing colours of the sea and the sky. In­set: Pi­ano.

The two parts of the build­ing are linked by steel and glass walk­ways.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.