El building is designed in two volumes linked together by a structure of spaces and walkways which will act as the nucleus and main access to the Botín Centre.
The West building is devoted to art, with 2.500 m2 of exhibition space; and the East building to culture and education, with a 300-seat auditorium, four seminar rooms and workspaces.
A terrace will be located on the roof of the East building from which visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Santander and its bay. The ground floor will be completely transparent: the East building will generate a covered square, and beneath the West building will be the Botín Centre "Pier", a glassed-in public space with the restaurant, shop and leisure zones.
Weightlessness is the main concept the architect has sought in his design. The two volumes are raised on columns to avoid obstructing the view of the bay and to let light shine through. One of the project´s greatest technical innovations is the outer covering of ceramic pieces which will reflect the light of the bay and the Gardens.
The squares to the North and to the West of the building will be two of its most importante spaces. They will provide leisure zones from which to enjoy the Gardens and the bay. An open-air amphitheatre where cultural activities will take place will be located in the West square. From here, people will be able to watch films in the open-air, thanks to a large screen placed on the façade of the building, and to enjoy broadcasts of the activities being held inside the Centre.
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