Opening of Centro Botín, cultural facilities by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The building lies on the edge of Pereda Gardens, hovering 20 meters over the sea. Composed by two lobal-shaped volumes, the Centro Botín reflects the sunlight and the sparkles of the water through 280,000 small ceramic tiles that cover the building’s façade.

 

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

Centro Botín. Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 2017 © Enrico Cano

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s latest construction, the Centro Botín in Santander, Spain, was inagurated last week. The building is a Cultural and Arts Centre for the Botín Foundation, which has a history of over 50 years of dissemination and promotion of educational programmes in the realms of the arts and culture, education, science and rural development.

Besides the building design, the surrounding public garden area has also been renovated by creating an underground tunnel and restoring existing small-scale buildings in the park in order to adapt them to new uses, such as cafeteria, visitor’s information and tourist office, etc. The garden design also comprises the implementation of a series of fountain sculptural works by Cristina Iglesias, a renowned Spanish sculptor famous for her naturalistic pieces.

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“We Live in the Office” – A Commission by Giles Round at RIBA London

Round was invited to explore the RIBA Collections, and through extensive research has created an exhibition for the Architecture Gallery that focuses our attention on one of the most familiar and unavoidable architectural features of the city: the façade.

 

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles, 1991, by Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009) Gehry, Frank O. (1929-) and Oldenburg, Claes (1929-) © Oliver Perrott_RIBA Collections

 

This autumn the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a new commission by multi-disciplinary artist Giles Round. Inspired by the work of a wide-range of architects represented in the RIBA’s world-class architectural collections, Round explores the increasing tension between the static exterior and changing interior of the architecture around us.

He highlights the aesthetic qualities of facades in their original conception, and the subsequent contemporary use and reuse of these buildings. Round also explores the ways in which we currently ‘collect’ and preserve facades, creating an archive of buildings in real space and time. (more…)

The façade, an evolving concept: seminar in the Spanish Academy in Rome

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione, this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions on the subject of the façade and its evolving meaning in the architectural design processes from the early twentieth century to today. This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

 

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

 

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione (Façade, an evolving concept), this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions, from 10:00 to 19:00h.

The aim of the seminar is to look back on the history of the façade as an architectural element, examining its presence as part of the design process during the twentieth century to today. To this end, the curator of the symposium, Jesús Donaire -Secretary of the BigMat Award- has brought together renowned architects from the Spanish and Italian scene in order to discuss the subject both from a theoretical, academic point of view, as in a more practical approach.

Divided into morning and afternoon session, the Academia di Spagna will be host to actual proffesionals of architecture such as Alberto Morell, Héctor Fernández Elorza, Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, Carlos García and Begoña de Abajo, and Jesús Aparicio; as well as academic figures such as Claudia Conforti, Maria Margarita Segarra, Roberto Cherubini and Fernando Villalonga -head of the Spanish Academy in Rome.

This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

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