Seeking Structural Solutions

by Virginia Kent Dorris, New York, New York,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 11, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


A photo essay on the unique work of Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish-born engineer and architect whose bridges and buildings have attracted international attention for their unusual esthetics. He has been the subject of several books, and models of his prize winning work have been displayed at New York's Museum of Modern Art and galleries in Europe and in Tokyo. Calatrava opened his own architecture and engineering office in Zurich in 1981 and almost immediately won a competition to design new facades for an existing warehouse in Germany. His first bridge, the Bach de Roda in Barcelona, Spain, established his reputation and he opened a second office in Paris in 1989. His works usually begin with a small sculpture, then proceed to models and the final design. The photo essay includes his Alameda Bridge and Metro station in Valencia, Spain; the Lyon Railway Station, Lyon, France; the Alcoy Civic Hall, Alcoy, Spain; and the Trinity bridge, Salford, U.K.

Subject Headings: Railroad bridges | Railroad stations | Bridge engineering | Architectural engineering | Bridge design | Architects | Infrastructure construction | Aesthetics | Europe | Spain | France | Chile | South America | Japan | Asia | Switzerland

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