Glass cube Banco Santander
|location||Boadilla del Monte|
The glass cube is a part of the mega-project of the Banco Santander headquarters in Madrid. Unlike many banks, Banco Santander has not chosen to establish headquarters in a high tower on the Paseo de la Castellana, but chooses a vast and green campus in the rolling countryside just outside the capital. This sounds modest but bank manager Botin pulled out all the stops in order to make something delightful. Besides a huge volume of luxury offices for 12,000 employees, the campus is also equipped with luxury restaurants, a hotel, an 19-hole golf course, a huge sports complex and a museum. The visitors entrance is a cathedral glass cube and is a landmark in the landscape by its height and size. In the design there is realized an optimal transparency in which the glass skin and the warped glass roof are hanged on the main construction with a distance of 2,5m. The finishing level of this design is extremely high with only stainless steel tensile rods and special developed Quattro nodes.