This project for the Festival Palace of Santander was the architect’s Thesis Project, with which he won his first competition.
A horizontal architecture at the sea’s edge is set forth, utilizing a planar unified volume that contains the various uses required by the program. A large roof, also very horizontal, is supported by this base, almost floating, and accentuating the serenity of the whole.
The “Miesian” starting point is delicately refined by more Nordic cadences, more like Jacobson, with whom the architect wanted to work that same year, 1971, that the Danish maestro died.
The plans organize their circulation around courtyards, and the whole is resolved with structure and closures of steel and glass.