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IDOM will deliver Santander Bank’s new Museum

In collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects

The historical link between the city of Santander and Santander Bank, along with the bank’s commitment to the promotion of art, are what motivated the decision to move the collection held in Santander Group City’s exhibition hall in Madrid, which includes over a thousand works and paintings by Rubens, El Greco, Van Dyck, Picasso, Chillida, Sorolla or Miró among others, to its iconic headquarters located on Paseo de Pereda, in Santander, since 1923. This new cultural facility adds to the Botin Centre, which was inaugurated in June 2017, contributing to the opening new museum space in unrivalled surroundings, complementing and improving the cultural opportunities in the area.

Santander Bank commissioned David Chipperfield Architects with the outline design, the scheme design and the preparation of the detailed design for the building’s renovation and adaptation. The purpose of this work is to provide the existing building with the necessary conditions to introduce new quality cultural and exhibition spaces and, in short, to open the building up to the public. The bank relied on IDOM to take responsibility for the production information and the site supervision, in collaboration with the architect in charge of the detailed design.

May 26, 2020


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It will be like this

The current building set includes two independent bodies that were not built following a single project. The project contemplates the demolition and complete restructuring of the interior of the current building, keeping its façades and footprint. It also includes the extension of spaces.The new programme includes a multimedia exhibition area, permanent collection galleries, temporary exhibition rooms and a vantage point terrace.

David Prósper ( dprosper@idom.com )

Santander Bank iconic headquarters. Copyright: Dolores Giraldez Alonso / Shutterstock.com