Santiago Calatrava is a renowned Spanish-Swiss architect with a portfolio of breathtaking projects all across the world. Recently, the architect achieved even more recognition in the design and architectural world with his two amazing pavilion projects in Expo 2020 Dubai. Get to know some of his best works across the globe and be inspired by Santiago’s designs.
Expo 2020 Dubai | Emirates Pavilion
Santiago Calatrava was inspired by the falcon, the national bird of the emirates, and by the region’s traditional bedouin tents. The renowned Swiss-Spanish architect masterfully united these elements and created a true architectural masterpiece. The emirates pavilion design is an iconic building, worthy of the Expo 2020 Dubai host.
Museum Of Tomorrow| Rio De Janeiro
In this design of the Museum, Santiago Calatrava is inspired by the Carioca culture and through its architecture, explores the relationship between the city and the natural environment.
“The idea is that the building feels ethereal, almost floating on the sea, like a ship, a bird, or a plant. Because of the changing nature of the exhibits, we have introduced an archetypal structure inside the building. This simplicity allows for the functional versatility of the Museum, able to accommodate conferences or act as a research space.” – By Santiago Calatrava
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM | MILWAUKEE, USA
The Quadracci Pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum is one of Santiago Calatrava’s most iconic architectural works and is part of one of the largest museums in the world. A spectacular and unique design that certainly makes an impact on the city.
WORLD TRADE CENTER TRANSPORTATION HUB (THE OCULUS) | NEW YORK, USA
The Oculus is truly impressive in its interior and an iconic proof of Santiago Calatrava’s architectural prowess. It is defined by a massive atrium with a thin central skylight that runs the length of the space. The atrium is at the perfect center of the two outstretched wings.
ALAMILLO BRIDGE | SEVILLA, SPAIN
This Santiago Calatrava project includes wires held in tension, as can be seen in the bridge. It has also has supported marble cubes that are stacked and placed on a sharp incline. This design created a new style of cantilever spar cable-stayed bridges, a new method that was tested in the construction of the Alamillo Bridge.
TURNING TORSO | SWEDEN
The original Turning Torso was based on the form of a human contorting their body. Johnny Örbäck, the former managing director of a co-op association called HSB Malmö, saw the original sculpture after learning about Santiago Calatrava’s architectural work. He then decided to commission the architect to build HSB Turning Torso. This building is a true architectural masterpiece with its twisted and unique design.