Enaire Foundation building in Santander
Fernández-Abascal + Muruzabal  GFA2 

Enaire Foundation building in Santander

Fernández-Abascal + Muruzabal  GFA2 


In 2018, the team formed by GFA2 (Gabriel Fernández-Abascal and Guillermo Fernández-Abascal) and Fernández-Abascal & Murizábal (Eduardo Fernández-Abascal and Florentina Muruzábal) won the competition to repurpose the firm Gamazo’s warehouses as a new cultural container close to Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza’s Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria and facing the Bay of Santander.

Pursuing a certain abstraction, the exterior presents a white finish that serves to unify the different materials used in what is a heterogeneous complex. A series of simple spatial interventions addresses functional requirements for displaying the foundation’s collection of contemporary artworks. Hence, the original shed – a port facility built in 1901 – will contain a 40-meter-long uninterrupted gallery space, while the annex, a later construction, will be renovated to harbor the foyer, offices, classrooms, storage, and a mezzanine-level multipurpose hall. The new roof will feature a continuous skylight, the steel trusses will be refurbished, and openings will be made for new doors and windows.