Calatrava, Santiago ( Valencia, Spain 1951 - )

Die Formenerfindungen von Santiago Caltrava sind atemgeraubend. Seine betörende Architekturen gehörenzu den Meilensteinen der zeitgenössischen Formenfindung. Sein Opernhaus in Valencia , Spanien ist mit dem Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao gleichzusetzen. Seine Bahnhöfe und Brücken sind unnachahmlich in ihrem Formenreichtum und in der leichten, schwingenden Gesamtkomposition.



Stadelhofen Railway Station, at Zurich, Switzerland, 1983 to 1984.

Alamillo Bridge and La Cartuja Viaduct, at Seville, Spain, 1987 to 1992

Campo Volantin Footbridge, at Bilbao, Spain, 1990 to 1998.

Sondica Airport, at Bilbao, Spain, 1990 to 1999

Alameda Bridge and Underground Station, at Valencia, Spain, 1991 to 1995

City of Science Museum and Planetarium, at Valencia, Spain Photo at ArchitectureWeek

Palace of the Arts, at Valencia, Spain, 2001 Photo at ArchitectureWeek

Oriente Station, at Lisbon, Portugal, 1993 to 1998

Milwaukee Art Muesum, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Santiago Calatrava was born in Valencia, Spain in 1951. He graduated from the Institute of Architecture in Valencia and from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Calatrava opened his own architecture and engineering office in Zurich. Most of his early realized work was in Switzerland and Spain, where he has exhibited his designs and won several awards.


As both an architect and an engineer, Calatrava easily identifies with both disciplines. He often creates innovative works that depend on a firm grasp of both the creative and structural aspects of design. His skills as an engineer allow him to create sculptural surfaces and unusual spaces.


Calatrava avoids the apathetic acceptance of established forms. In 1979 he won the Auguste Perret award for rekindling the quality of Perret's structural work and for re-emphasizing the importance of primary structure in defining form.


Despite an influential presence within the European architectural community, Calatrava has rarely designed a totally enclosed building. Rather, most of his creations are open structures.



Paris: CALATRAVA VALLS 5. rue d'Argout 75002 Paris FRANCE

Valencia: IN HOC SIGNO VINCES C / Marques de Sotelo 1-11° 46002 VALENCIA SPAIN

Zurich: SANTIAGO CALATRAVA SA Höschgasse 5 8008 Zurich SWITZERLAND



Santiago Calatrava 1951 www.calatrava.com -Surreale Postmoderne



Peter Cook and Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. New Spirit in Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International, 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1263-4. NA680.C65.

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