Santander is committed to innovation and transformation. And this commitment has led us to transform our two most iconic buildings in the city of Santander in order to provide the city with modern spaces for culture and technology.

Edificio Pereda Edificio Pereda (the building on Paseo de Pereda)

The past, present and future will co-exist in a single space as we remodel two of our most iconic buildings in the Cantabrian capital: the bank’s first headquarters on Paseo de Pereda, dating back to 1795, and another on Calle Hernán Cortés, which dates back to 1900.

In the words of our Group executive chairman, Ana Botín: "Our challenge is to ensure that Santander, a 21st-century bank, continues to lead the banking of the future. And our headquarters have to reflect this: our capacity to innovate, our modernity and our focus on people, as well as our history and roots, both locally and globally."

Proof of our commitment to the environment and the fight against climate change is that both projects have been designed to be sustainable and energy efficient and have the BREEAM "excellent" certification that accredits buildings as sustainable at world level, in relation to both how they are built and how they are operated, thus minimising their environmental impact. 

Sites that are cultural points of reference

Our aim is to turn these two buildings into a cultural, intellectual and institutional reference point for the city of Santander and for Cantabria to help drive their economic and cultural prosperity. The bank's headquarters will be open to the public and will exhibit over a thousand works from the Group's private art collection, including paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Picasso and Miró, among others, and the world’s best collection of works by José Gutiérrez Solana. Other temporary exhibitions will also be arranged through agreements with private collections from countries where the bank has a presence and prestigious international museums.

Of course, technology and art will be the centrepieces of this space. We want to put educational and cultural activities in place for all audiences, so that visitors can enjoy the works in different settings.

Remodelling under exceptional architects

We have top architects to execute this project, which we expect to begin in one year, once we have obtained the pertinent municipal permits. The remodelling of the Pereda building will be carried out by architect David Chipperfield, renowned for such work as the extension of the Royal Academy in London and the remodelling of Museum Island in Berlin.

For the transformation of our building on Calle Hernán Cortés, we have the prestigious architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, whose studio was responsible for the restoration of the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, the railway stations in Basel and Seville, and the design of the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid. 

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