Santiago Calatrava has unveiled plans for a pioneering Zurich office building that will include approximately 1,000 underground parking spaces for bicycles, beginning a new chapter of transit-oriented design in the Swiss city.
The contest saw 9 of the world’s most renowned architectural firms submit 11 concepts. Each design was evaluated against specific criteria, including how fully the design expressed the main theme of Expo 2020 “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
He has been selected for his “unique vision and ability to transform cities through impactful design" as well as the breadth of his work.
Calatrava’s monumental design, chosen out of six proposals from competing firms, is influenced by the natural forms of the lily and evokes the shape of a minaret, a distinctive architectural feature in Islamic culture.
The recently opened oculus structure at the World Trade Center PATH station is making visitors feel right at home.
When an architectural masterpiece inspires droves of people to interact in unusual ways, it’s safe to conclude the space has an appeal that can be felt and seen in people’s wide-eyed expressions.
Despite its price tag and deference to commerce, the impact of the space and its crowning Oculus is undeniable, as Paul Goldberger writes.
We visited Calatrava, winner of the 2015 European Prize for Architecture, in his Manhattan home to discuss the themes that went into the construction of his most recent New York City project.
Article by David Dunlap for The New York Times
Santiago Calatrava wins international design competition for iconic observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor
Mr. Calatrava’s soaring tower design, one of six proposals submitted by competing firms, is inspired by Islamic architecture and fuses modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates.