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Santiago Calatrava Inspires Generations

Aug 11, 2021 | Architect, Architecture, Custom Lighting, Featured Professional, Featured Projects

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When we talk about the different architects, it is always interesting to find out what their inspiration or creativity came from. For some architects, it is an introspective process where they pretty much have a conversation with their minds.

For others, it is a discussion with other artists from different genres for different perspectives to develop a meaningful interrelationship. Regardless of what technique is used, the results are usually brilliant.

Enter Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Born Santiago Calatrava Valls, in Benimamet, Spain, on July 28, 1951, Santiago Calatrava is globally known for sculptural-like bridges and buildings. Although primarily known as an architect, Santiago is also a structural engineer, sculptor, and painter.

His formal education includes the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, where he studied architecture. He later attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, where he received a Ph.D. in technical science. Later, he would blend the two, combining his advanced engineering knowledge with striking visual concepts, resulting in the world’s most spectacular renditions of buildings and bridges. It has been said that his architectural style has its origins in the Catalan modernist genre.

Santiago garnered his inspiration from the things he saw around him. These would include moments in time and happenings — a more esoteric answer given the nature of moments in time and their length of stay.

Santiago Calatrava’s buildings and bridges seem to incorporate all of his disciplines, thus granting his style. The architect and structural engineer might have dominated the construction, but it was the sculptor and painter who completed the project.

  • Margaret McDermott Bridge, Dallas Texas
  • Auditorio de Tenerife Adas Martin, Santa Cruz, Spain
  • Reggio Mediopadana, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • World Trade Center Transportation Hub, New York

In January 2004, Calatrava presented his design for this new hub, a new facility located east of the original Twin Towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. It opened as the World Trade Center in 2016. Here is a link for his complete works as well as current projects.

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