Centro Botin is an art centre designed to generate social development and wealth, making the most of the potential of the arts to awaken our creativity.
The Centro Botin aims to be one of Spain’s leading art centres and part of the European circuit of first-rate arts centres, that stands out for its excellent programme, using art to improve the lives of people and society; A lively, welcoming place, a regular meeting point for people to enjoy themselves, learn, and become inspired, thanks to the diverse range of artistic experiences on offer for all types of audiences; An engine for generating economic, social, and cultural wealth on the Cantabrian coast.
The Centro Botin is an arts centre designed by Pritzker Prize winner architect Renzo Piano, in co-authorship with luis vidal + architects. It is located in a privileged part of Santander and uses a broader urban intervention to integrate the city centre and the historic Pereda Gardens with the Bay. The building has a total built-up area spanning 8,739 m², which is made up of two blocks, connected by a structure of squares and the walkways known as – “the pachinko”. The west block is dedicated to art, with two exhibition rooms measuring a total of 2,500 m2; and the east block is for cultural and educational activities, boasting an auditorium for 300 people, classrooms, work spaces, and a rooftop terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of Santander and its Bay.