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Calatrava : complete works 1979-2009 (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Philip Jodidio

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Title:Calatrava : complete works 1979-2009
Authors:Philip Jodidio
Info:Köln [etc.] : Taschen, 2009. - Upd. ed.
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Tags:architectuur, Santiago Calatrava

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Santiago Calatrava (Architecture & Design) by Philip Jodidio (2007)



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Inspired by sculpture and (outdated) physics, the Spanish architect Santiago Caltrava designs impressive, poetic white buildings and bridges. They remind one a bit of the Sydney's Opera House with its round forms.

This little coffee table book is a showcase of his work, but pays little or no attention to the construction techniques that make this style possible. Neither does the reader get any idea of how the inhabitants and workers in these buildings appreciate them. ( )
  mercure | Dec 27, 2010 |
Calatrava is an architect en vogue. It is nearly impossible to visit any major city without a recent bridge or building in Calatrava's memorable style. I've seen quite a few, from the early, very subdued Stadelhofen train station in Zürich, the communications tower in Barcelona, the Lyon airport, the Athens Olympic structures to the splendid Turning Torso in Malmö and the BCE Plaza in Toronto. The buildings are beautiful, I only wish he would integrate the environment and the buildings more closely, to get away from the landed spaceship effect. A fine title about a current architect. ( )
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Forms of stunning expressive power

It is as if some antediluvian dinosaur had spread its wings over the tracks: Satolas railway station in Lyon is one of the uncontested masterpieces of star architect Santiago Calatrava, and surely one of the master achievements of contemporary architecture anywhere.

For twenty years the Zurich-born Spaniard has been dazzling with virtuoso major buildings, from bridges and towers to airports and railway stations, exciting international attention with every new project. He exhibits a sculptor's instinct for the relations of statics and dynamics, of mass and style, as time and again he produces forms of stunning expressive power.

For his inspiration, Calatrava draws on organic, human and zoomorphic shapes such as ribs, bones, or insect eyes. Throughout, the lightness of his touch in transferring from small-format models in wood and metal to the immense scale of his constructions has fascinated - from the telecommunications tower in Barcelona and the EXPO bridge in Seville to Bilbao airport.

This book, created in close consultation with Calatrava himself, was designed by celebrated Spanish graphic designer and Calatrava authority Quim Nolla. Working the line where architecture and design meet, it affords a unique view of a creative endeavour that has set standards for the architects and designers of the future.
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