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Chipperfield to turn banking giant’s HQ into art gallery

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David Chipperfield has won a contest to overhaul Spanish banking giant Santander’s headquarters into a public space including an art gallery

The British architect will redesign Paseo de Pereda in the city of Santander in northern Spain as part of an initiative to move the bank’s extensive art collection to the building.

The bank, which has been based in the building for 95 years, will move its headquarters to the nearby Banesto building, to be remodelled by Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz.

Santander’s art collection – currently housed in the Art Room of the financial city of Boadilla del Monte in Madrid – includes more than a thousand works from the 16th century to the present, including pieces by Rubens, Picasso and Miró.

An exhibition hall will also house drawings, sculptures, ceramics, watches and coins.

Santander group executive chairman Ana Botín said: ‘I want this project to symbolise our commitment to Cantabria and to the city of Santander at a time of transformation and great challenges for everyone.

‘To open our headquarters is to open our home and allow customers and the general public to get to know us better and make our home their own.’

Chipperfield’s other work in Spain includes The America’s Cup Building in Valencia, a base for the world’s premier sailing racing competition nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007.

David Chipperfield Architects’ expansion of the Royal Academy opened to the public last month.

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