Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Architect of 'Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias' will design USF Polytechnic Building

Architect Santiago Calatrava displays his current model for a transportation hub at ground zero in downtown Manhattan in New York in May. Photo: OZIER MUHAMMAD | THE NEW YORK TIMES

Santiago Calatrava, the well known and famous Valencia architect who designed the extraordinarily beautiful Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, will design the first building of the new campus of the University of South Florida Polytechnic at the intersections of I-4 and Polk Parkway, reports The Ledger.

The building will open its doors in late summer of 2012.

If you want to see more beautiful photos of Señor Calatrava's work go to http://poly.usf.edu/Calatrava/


Santiago Calatrava, 57, an internationally known architect and engineer, was born near Valencia, Spain, on July 28, 1951. He studied art as a child and originally planned to study art in college. But he switched to architecture and studied five years at 'Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura' in Valencia, Spain. He then studied civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

In 1981, he opened his first architectural and engineering office in Zurich. He opened a second office in Paris in 1989.

He is known for designing distinctive civic structures, starting with a series of bridge projects. Those designs began in the 1980s with the Bach de Roda Bridge, which was commissioned for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Other designs include the Pont de l'Europe (Bridge of Europe) over the Loire River in OrlÈans, France; the Alamillo Bridge and viaduct for the World's Fair in Seville, Spain; and a $23.5 million glass and steel footbridge in Redding, Calif.

Buildings he has designed include Tenerife Opera House in the Canary Islands, the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, BCE Place Mall in Toronto and an addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum that first brought his work into the United States.

Related Link: USF Poly will get state money

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