Modern Architecture Santiago Calatrava

Modern Architecture Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava Spanish-born Architect
S. Calatrava is an internationally recognized Valencian Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer with offices in Zurich, Paris and Valencia. He has award winners buildings all over the world, including USA

I am so happy to find out that Calatrava is currently designing the future Transportation Hub at Ground Zero in New York City called "World Trade Center Transportation Hub".
On May 8th Santiago Calatrava unveiled his final design for World Trade Center Transportation Hub and I have some pictures courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from that event.

I am proud to present to you the life and work of my favorite modern Architect Santiago Calatrava Valls (born 1951).

In USA we already enjoy his design on:
Milwaukee Art Museum Wisconsin
Sundial Bridge in Turtle Bay, California
Symphony Hall Atlanta Georgia
New York 80 South Condos
Chicago Spire (it is on working now)
If you followed the Olympics on Athene Greek on TV, you noticed the Olympic Sport Complex, it was his design as well.

You can admire some of them here in pictures, I'll keep the words at minimum and let you enjoy the beauty of Calatrava's buildings, bridges, and sculptures.

Santiago Calatrava's Bio and Career
Santiago Calatrava the designer of the most spectacular buildings in the world at the moment; was born on Valencia, Spain.
At the early age Santiago was interested in art and architecture, and his parents sent him to boarding school in France when he was 13.
He earned:
A degree in architecture from the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Valencia
A a Ph.D. in engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
He attend post-graduate studies and earn a degree in civil engineering
In this picture you see The Museum of Art and Science, designed for his native town of Valencia, Spain.

He opened his first office in Zurich, he started his architecture and engineering practice, and he began entering in competitions with his work. The building of the Bach de Roda bridge in Barcelona, Spain was Calatrava's first big success known worldwide.

Calatrava's early career was dedicated largely to bridges and train stations, the designs for which elevated the status of civil engineering projects to new heights.

Santiago Calatrava's Page on Facebook
Santiago Calatrava has a Page on Facebookwith 119,977 "likes" when I look it over where you can find not only informations about Calatrava but also other modern architecture info which I found interesting to browse from time to time.

The pictures on the page (over 500) are also an attraction, you can find more then I can visualize on a lens, some are spectacular, as his design.

This picture is just a different angle of the entrance on Transportation Hub WTC New York.

TWC New York The Transportation Hub
We are fortunate to have Santiago Calatrava, world-renowned architect, artist and engineer, designing the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
He exposed his final design during a press conference on May 8th at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

His project has transcended the complex challenges of the site for commuters, subway riders, pedestrians as well, and significantly improve mass-transit connections across Lower Manhattan New York.

His design, which is seen as a symbol of renewal and hope, is defined through the evocative image of a bird being released from a child's hand.

The glass and steel structure is meant to have a profound impact on Lower Manhattan at all times of the day:
During the day, natural light will flood into the Transportation Hub
At night the illuminated building will serve as a lantern for the plaza and the office towers surrounding it
The roof of the Hub's freestanding structure will be fitted with an operable skylight located along the central axis on fine spring, summer, and fall days, as well as on September 11th each year, the skylight will open thus providing the interior space with a slice of sky and its natural light
Mr. Calatrava's theme is meant to see the beauty within despair and provides hope for a brighter future. 

Those are a part of the features of transportation Hub:
In the hall we will see a hanging American flag recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center's twin towers. The 8-foot by 12-foot flag used to fly in the plaza of the World Trade Center. It was buried under rubble for three days before being recovered. It has since flown over
Yankee Stadium
SuperDome in New Orleans for the Super Bowl
Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Hub will provide connectivity between
PATH trains
Sunwat lines: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, M, R, W, and Z
World Financial Center
Hudson River ferries,
Fulton Street Transit Center
The main hall will be 80 feet tall
It is design to serve up to 250,000 people per day
January, 2004 - Santiago Calatrava's original plan for this building is unveiled
July 28, 2005 - A revised plan is presented to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Some changes is added to the initial project
2006 - Anticipated start of construction
A have those pictures from the courtesy of the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey

Freedom Tower 2011
This is Lower Manhattan August 2011 - Freedom Tower which will open soon.
The next two videos are not related with Calatrava but, they are part of the environment of WTC space, memory, and significance. Enjoy!

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Tenth Anniversary "I Am FREE"
VIDEO Tribute!
An Emotional 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Video Tribute
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Other Calatrava's USA Work
Please click on each pic, I stoped rotation because of the page jump.

The Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first USA building. (2001)

Calatrava Projects Around The World
Please click on each pic, I stoped rotation because of the page jump.

Puente del Alamillo, made for the Universal Exposition of Seville, Seville, Spain.

Last Video Calatrava Created in Nov. 2010
Santiago Calatrava is an architect, structural engineer and artist .. all in one fascinating personality. 
Recent projects such as the Athens 2004 Olympic sports complex, the Turning Torso in Malmo, and TGV station in Liege, have brought him international acclaim.

He is presently designing the main transportation hub for Ground Zero in Manhattan, as well as the tallest building in the USA: the 160-story Chicago Spire Tower.

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Other Calatrava Projects
We know the "Chicago Spire is a work in progress, NY Low Manhattan Transportation Hub as well, The 4th Bridge in Venice Italy is stopped now, hopefully will resume soon.

There is a huge project, maybe the biggest ever "The Future Train Station In Liege, Belgium" When I created the lens it was a work in progress, now is finished. You have a picture in the next module.
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Santiago Calatrava Awards
Santiago Calatrava has been rewarded by:
The Gold Medal of AIA which is awarded by the American Institute of Architects, it is the Institute's highest award. Calatrava got it in 2005
The Gold Medal of the Institute of Structural Engineers, London, England
Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts, award created by MIT
Prince of Asturias Awards, awarded by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements. Calatrava got it in 1999
Auguste Perret Prize<ul>

Calatrava's Opera House In Valencia
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Dallas - Trinity River Corridor Project
Calatrava's Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The Trinity River Corridor Project has started in 1998, it covers 20 miles and 10,000 acres.

The Estimated benefits are:
It will increase flood protection for about 12,500 structures in southern Dallas and near downtown
It will provide relief from traffic congestion in the downtown area
The Dallas people and visitors will be able to enjoy recreational areas: hiking, biking, equestrian trails, new parks, lakes and more...
What is included in the Trinity River Corridor Project
The building of levees, wetlands, downtown lakes, gateway parks, trails, equestrian centers
The expansion and preservation of the Great Trinity Forest through the acquisition of 3,500 acres of land along the Trinity River
Transportation improvements including the Trinity Parkway and the Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge - now named the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Calatrava is the architect who design the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Video The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
A big Milestone on the contraction of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The 400-foot tall arch was lowered into place.
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