Santiago Calatrava - A top architect - Loved and hated at the same time
Santiago Calatrava Valls (born 28 July 1951) is a Spanish neofuturistic architect and structural engineer. He has offices in New York City, Doha, and Zürich.
Calatrava's early career was largely dedicated to bridges and railway stations, with designs that elevated the status of civil engineering projects to new heights. His Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, Spain (1991) in the heart of the 1992 Olympics site, as well as the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada (1992), were important works and turning points in his career, leading to a wide range of commissions. The Quadracci Pavilion(2001) of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first building in the United States. Calatrava's entry into high-rise design began with an innovative 54-story-high twisting tower called Turning Torso (2005), located in Malmö, Sweden.
Calatrava has designed a neofuturistic railway station, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, at the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City. The new PATH station and the associated transit and retail complex opened on March 3, 2016, seven years behind schedule, at a cost of $4 billion, twice the original budget. More than $1 billion of those costs went to administrative costs and the decision to build around the 1 line of the New York City Subway.
Calatrava has defined his style as bridging the division between structural engineering and architecture. In his projects, he claims to continue a tradition of Spanish modernist engineering that included Félix Candela, Antonio Gaudí, and Rafael Guastavino, with a very personal style that derives from numerous studies of the human body and the natural world.
Calatrava is loved and hated at the same time. I think this is part of his success. Anyway Calatrava is a very succesful spanish architect and one of the top ones.
Santiago Calatrava, the world's most hated architect?
You can see all Calatrava's projects at http://www.calatrava.com/projects.html?all=yes
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