A week ago we told you about the Botín Center, Renzo Piano’s first major project in Spain. We also featured some preliminar models of the project and more information on this building, which will have the largest private foundation in Spain invest over 150 million USD. We now have more official images, including some drawings and sketches. Check them out after the break.
The school of architecture at IE University and TU Graz is putting on an intensive 8-day studio-based design workshop that will be held in Madrid, from July 6-13. This year’s program, titled “Emptiness: The Potentials of Vacancy”, will deal with the consequences and opportunities that derive from the gross overbuilding of the past decade. After years of construction-fueled euphoria, we are now confronted with the after-effects: a city riddled with empty masses, incomplete plans, and urban spaces hastily conceived and neither fully constructed nor consolidated. The moment is challenging and profoundly liberating; it is a crisis that demands creativity and gives us license to invent. For more information, please visit here.
Architects: Arquitecturia – Josep Camps & Olga Felip
Location: Jesús, Tortosa, Spain
Suface: 774,65 sqm + ext. 3.611,15 sqm
Property: EMD Jesús
Colaborators: Mariella Agudo, Aitor Horta, Irene Solà, Jaume Farrés, Albert Serrats
Technical Architect: e3 Solinteg SA
Constructor: Beta Conkret SA
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute
While all eyes may be locked on the Shard’s latest push toward the sky, Renzo Piano is preparing for his first major Spanish project to officially break ground in about one week in Santander. The Botín Foundation, the largest private foundation in Spain, will invest over 150 million USD for the construction and programming of a new Botín Center that will become an international reference in culture and education for the development of creativity through art. The building will inform a new cultural axis to connect the best art circuits in Europe and will serve as a cultural catalyst to bridge the community with art. Emilio Botín, President of the Botín Foundation, is confident the Center will establish a new community space and link the city with the bay. ”To accomplish it, we have called on the best architect in the world. The architect, who best knows how to link cities to the sea, to build urban spaces, and to generate magical places where art may be enjoyed,” explained Botín.
More about the project after the break.
Architects: Ravetllat-Ribas + Josep Ferrando
Adress: Tortosa, Spain
Technical Architect: Valeri Consultors + Toledo-Villarreal
Structural Engineer: NB-35 Barcelona
Collaborators: Marc Nadal, Ferran Laguna, Roman Ortega, Olga Schmid, Aida Espanyol, Tania Oramas
Client: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Builder: Construccions PAI, S.A.
Surface: 10,000 sqm
Budget: 9,800,000 €
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute
Architect: ACXT Arquitectos – Jesús M. Susperregui Virto, Jorge Martínez Bermejo
Location: Madrid, Spain
Project Engineer: Antonio Villanueva Peñalver
Project Architect: Andrés Mackenna Rueda, Borja Aróstegui Chapa, Pablo Elorz Gaztelu
Project Management: Guillermo Digregorio Verdún
Cost: 16 M €
Area: 15,300 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra