Architect Day: Santiago Calatrava
- Feb 02, 2010
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.
Photos from site calatrava.com.
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.
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.
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
Montjuic Communication Tower, Barcelona, Spain
Orient Station, Lisbon, Portugal
Pfalzkeller Emergency Service Centre, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Sondica Airport Terminal and Control Tower, Bilbao, Spain
Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain
Campo Volantin Bridge, Bilbao, Spain
San Sebastian – La Guardia – Bodegas Ysios , Alava, Spain
Valencia City of the Arts, Valencia, Spain
High Rise Apartment Tower, Malmö, Sweden
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA
Athens Olympic Sports Complex, Athens, Greece
Tenerife Opera House, Tenerife, Spain
Bridge of Europe, Orleans, France
Footbridge Puerto Mujer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Valencia Opera House, Valencia, Spain