Santiago Calatrava adds to his architecture the art and of power engineering. After years of study in these areas, he can bring large structures to existence, giving life to his paintings.

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

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Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951 in Valencia, Spain. At age 8 he began to draw and paint in the Arts and Crafts School and at 13 he was an exchange student in France. Returning to Valencia, he entered the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, where he graduated and attended a post-graduate degree in Urban Planning.

Even without a direction to follow in his career, Calatrava decided to continue his studies in another area with which he was fascinated by: Engineering. Then in 1975, he entered the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, receiving his Ph.D. in 1979. Having completed his studies, he worked with small engineering projects and began to participate in competitions.

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava
Ernsting’s Warehouse, Coesfeld, Germany

In 1983 he won his first competition: Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, where he had set his office. A year later, his first bridge project, starting the worldwide recognition of his name attached to such construction.

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava
Stadelhofen Station, Zurich, Switzerland

In 1989 he established his second office in Paris, and the third in Valencia in 1991. With all the studies and knowledge, Santiago Calatrava reconciles two materials that do not always come together easily: art and engineering, each taking the other aside. With a knowledge of modern engineering and its technologies, he can make his paintings and his inspiration become great works of art in form of large-scale sculptures.

Lyon Airport Station, Lyon, France

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Montjuic Communication Tower, Barcelona, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Orient Station, Lisbon, Portugal

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Pfalzkeller Emergency Service Centre, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Sondica Airport Terminal and Control Tower, Bilbao, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Campo Volantin Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

San Sebastian – La Guardia – Bodegas Ysios , Alava, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Valencia City of the Arts, Valencia, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

High Rise Apartment Tower, Malmö, Sweden

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Athens, Greece

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Tenerife Opera House, Tenerife, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Bridge of Europe, Orleans, France

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Footbridge Puerto Mujer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Valencia Opera House, Valencia, Spain

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Some paintings

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.