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I thought that because everyone is always discussing their thoughts on skycrapers and other various structures that their should be a thread devoted to the discussion of the people who devote their lives to designing these beautiful structures that shape our own lives.

I have started off with Santiago Calatrava for no particular reason.
Discuss whatever you want about the architect and feel free to post pictures and articles concerning his various projects.

If you are unfamiliar with the architect I suggest visiting the following sites first: www.calatrava.com and www.calatrava.info

Santiago Calatrava

Who is Santiago Calatrava?

Santiago Calatrava is a world-renowned architect and engineer as well as an established sculptor. Already well-known in Europe for his unique design aesthetic, Calatrava is beginning to make a name for himself in the United States. Starting with the Milwaukee Art Museum, he has designed a number of public buildings and bridges in the U.S. in recent years. As both Engineer and Architect, his works take materials like concrete, glass and steel beyond the normal bounds.
 

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Liège Guillemins TGV Station

Santiago Calatrava
Liège Guillemins TGV Station
Liège, Belgium


Model photo: Heinrich Helfenstein

Liège is a major node in the European high speed rail network; an indispensable link between London, Paris, Brussels and Germany.

The new Liège Guillemins station will link two very distinct areas of Liége, previously divided by the railway tracks, the north side towards the city, a typical run-down 19th century urban area, and the Cointe Hill to the south, a landscaped residential area. :eek:ld:


Model photo: Heinrich Helfenstein

The concept for the design is transparency and an urban dialog with the city. Transparency is translated by the monumental vault, constructed of glass and steel,
with its soaring canopies extending 145 meters over the five platforms. The huge glass building replaces the traditional facade and establishes a seamless interaction between the interior of the station and the city.


Model photo: Heinrich Helfenstein

The station is organized vertically: Towards the Place de la Gare the rail platforms and the access footbridge stack over 3 levels. Towards Cointe Hill, ten meters above, there are five levels; three parking levels, a vehicular access deck linking with the footbridge, and a raised pedestrian walkway.
At the Place de la Gare level, reinforcing the urban streetscape, is a continuous strip of commercial units.

The grand Passenger Hall and the SNCB ticketing area are located on the main axis.

Pedestrian bridges and walkways under the tracks will allow for fluid communication between the two sides of the station.



Architect: Santiago Calatrava
Client: Euro Liège TGV
 

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I like Calatrava's twisted and unique style especially when it comes to skyscrapers. I actually like his Turning Torso but my favorite is the planned Fordman Spire in Chicago.
 

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Santiago Calatrava

Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín"

Mi nombre es Igor arquitecto Lugovoy, Rusia, Perm.
Tengo el honor de presentarles las fotos hechas por mí durante una visita a la isla de Tenerife en septiembre de 2010.
Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín" el gran arquitecto Santiago Calatrava es una de las obras más importantes de la arquitectura contemporánea.



















































El Auditorio de Tenerife (desde el 28 de enero de 2011, Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín") es obra del arquitecto Santiago Calatrava Valls. Se ubica en la Avenida de La Constitución de la capital canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Islas Canarias, España), y al lado del Océano Atlántico en la parte sur del Puerto de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Su construcción comenzó en 1997 y finalizó en 2003, siendo inaugurado el 26 de septiembre de ese año con la presencia de Felipe de Borbón, Príncipe de Asturias, y fue también visitado por el ex-presidente de Estados Unidos, Bill Clinton. El edificio se encuadra dentro de los postulados de la arquitectura tardomoderna de finales del siglo XX. El Auditorio de Tenerife es sede de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.

El moderno perfil del auditorio ha llevado a que el Cabildo de Tenerife lo considere uno de los emblemas más singulares de la ciudad de Santa Cruz y de la isla de Tenerife. Además en marzo de 2008 el servicio postal de Correos emitió seis sellos con las obras más emblemáticas de la arquitectura española e incluyó al auditorio debido a su singularidad. Es el edificio más moderno de Canarias y una atracción turística de Tenerife.

El edificio se levanta sobre una parcela de 23.000 m² de la que el auditorio ocupa 6.471 m², distribuidos en dos salas. La sala principal o Sinfónica, coronada por una cúpula, dispone de 1.616 butacas en anfiteatro, así como un escenario con una embocadura 16,5 metros y un fondo de catorce. Partiendo del escenario, a ambos lados del patio de butacas emergen los tubos del órgano diseñado por Albert Blancafort quien también se ha hecho cargo de la construcción de otros órganos como el de la Catedral de Alcalá de Henares o el que se encuentra en el Auditorio Alfredo Kraus de Gran Canaria. El órgano parte de una concepción alejada del concepto tradicional, procurando un sonido envolvente al estar las fuentes de sonido dispuestas alrededor del oyente.

Por su parte, la sala de Cámara reproduce a una escala menor la distribución en anfiteatro de la sala sinfónica y cuenta con 422 localidades. En el vestíbulo, al que se accede desde dos laterales del edificio, podemos encontrar la sala de prensa, una tienda y una cafetería. Así mismo, cuenta con una docena de camerinos individuales y otros tantos colectivos, así como emplazamientos especiales para servicios de peluquería, maquillaje, vestuario, etc. En su exterior dispone de dos terrazas que dan a sendas plazas desde las que puede divisarse el mar.
 

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Do you have to be an architect to criticize a structure? His buildings look soulless and most importantly uninspiring.
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:) To criticize the critic should be . "The critics - it 's usually people who have been poets , historians, biographers and so on . - if they could ." Samuel Taylor Coleridge , English poet - a romantic, a critic and philosopher ( 1772 - 1834) . So I 'm not a critic.
 

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:) To criticize the critic should be . "The critics - it 's usually people who have been poets , historians, biographers and so on . - if they could ." Samuel Taylor Coleridge , English poet - a romantic, a critic and philosopher ( 1772 - 1834) . So I 'm not a critic.
I'm not a poet, historian or biographer but I have more than enough knowledge in art and architecture to criticize art pieces.
 

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^^Should only politicians be able to criticize and vote on other politicians? It's the general public that have to live with his creations and they should therefore be able to criticize without doing any prior studies.
 

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge might say that the criticism in his heart wanted to be poets or architects, but they are not given for many reasons . It could be called complex, but it is not. Yet these same people can be wonderful artists and musicians! Criticism is a subconscious desire of man to Perfection, a desire to be close to perfection!
 
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