12 April, 2008

Calatrava Land

Last Saturday Josh, Shannon and I took a day trip to Valencia. I was really excited to see "Calatrava Land." Sophomore year when we all were assigned an architect to research and then base aspects of our design off of, my architect was Calatrava. The building was the Auditorio de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, but since that is still quite far from here, seeing his work in Valencia was the next best thing. The three major buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences did not let down. We could see the Palau de Arts from a distance and then gradually got to see more and more as we got closer. My favorite part was once we walked down and were along the waters edge looking up at the buildings. It was cool to see Calatrava's use of trencadis with all white tiles, as opposed to Gaudi's more flamboyant approach to the same idea. I think its great how different these buildings look from the rest of the city and how they have become such a major landmark of Valencia.