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Web Exclusive | July 2014

Happy Birthday Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava, a world-renowned Spanish architect, engineer and sculptor noted for his amalgamation of modernist architecture and metal sculptures, turns 63 today! He was born on 28th July 1951 in Spain. Calatrava studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, which he graduated in 1974. He then pursued his structural engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, receiving a Ph D in technical science in 1979. The young architect soon gained a great reputation for his amazing ability to blend advanced engineering with dramatic visual statements, in both bridges and buildings. In 1981 he established his own architecture and engineering firm in Zurich, later branching them out in Paris, Valencia, and New York too. Calatrava is now a big name globally, he has designed a number of high-profile public buildings and bridges in USA too! He aspires to continue a tradition of Spanish modernist engineering that includes predecessors such as Felix Candela, Antonio Gaudi and Rafael Guastavino, mixed with his own peculiar style.

In this special occassion, let’s take a quick sneak peak at some of his latest achievements...

It is an art museum sprawled over 341,000 sq ft. The white concrete Quadracci Pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava has become a symbol for the city of Milwaukee since its inauguration on 4th May, 2001. This unique structure contains a movable, wing-like brise soleil, which opens up for a wingspan of 217 feet. In addition to temporary exhibits, the pavilion houses the museum's store and its restaurant, Cafe Calatrava. The pavilion received the 2004 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association Structural Engineering.
It is the tallest building in Scandinavia since its inauguration on 27th August 2005. The tower reaches a height of 623 feet hosting two bottom segments as office space, 147 apartments, a lounge, a spa and gym, as well as wine cellar. This solid building is constructed in nine segments of five-story pentagons that twist relative to each other as it rises. Each floor consists of an irregular pentagonal shape rotating around the vertical core, which is supported by an exterior steel framework.
This illuminated structure is a pedestrian bridge that accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Bow River in Alberta, Canada. The bridge opened for use on 24th March, 2012. It is a 6.3 metre wide helical steel structure with a glass roof. This illuminated bridge is not just made for the night time, it also withstands extreme floods and lightening.
Samuel Beckett Bridge is a cable bridge in Dublin that runs across River Liffey. The shape of the spar and its cables is said to evoke an image of a harp lying on its edge.The main span of the Samuel Beckett Bridge is supported by 31 cables, straying from a doubly back-stayed single forward arc tubular tapered spar, with decking provided for four traffic and two pedestrian lanes. It also opens at an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through.
Also known as the Crystal Cathedral of Commerce, this atrium is six stories high, structured by eight freestanding supports on each side of the Galleria which branch out into parabolic shapes evoking a forest canopy or a tree-like avenue. The Galleria was the result of an international competition and was made permanent by the City of Toronto's public art requirements. It is a roof that provides cover for the area between Bay Street to Heritage Square.
This is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia. It is one of the most important modern tourist destinations of the country. Designed by Santiago Calatrava in collaboration with Felix Candela, the project underwent stages of construction, the first structure to be inaugurated was the L'Hemisferic in 1998, whereas the latest structure was the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in 2005. The most popular site is the Hemisphere with an ovoid roof over 330 feet long that contains a large spherical projection room.

We at CW INTERIORS want to wish Santiago Calatrava a very Happy Birthday.
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