'True artist' Calatrava awarded European Prize for Architecture in New York

by Kim Megson | 17 Nov 2015

Europe’s most prestigious architecture prize will today (17 November) be awarded to the Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava Valls.

The European Prize for Architecture is presented annually to individuals who have “blazoned a new path and direction for an architecture that is deeply humane and committed to forward the principles of European humanism.”

Calatrava – who is also a structural engineer, sculptor and painter – is famous for his artistic neo-futuristic creations; particularly his work on cultural buildings, bridges and railway stations. His designs include the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada; the Milwaukee Art Museum in the US; the 54-storey twisting Turning Torso tower in Malmo, Sweden; the roof of the Athens Olympic stadium in Greece; and the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.

He is currently working on a six-mile-long bridge in Doha, Qatar; three bridges near Wuhan in China and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub at Ground Zero in New York, where he will be presented the European Prize.

“He is a visionary theorist, philosopher and utopian and a true artist in the craft of engineering and architectonic expressionism,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the president of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design – which co-organises the award with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

“His buildings are not just 'buildings', they are powerful works of art; inspired by a master's gifted hand and sculpted by a superior, critical eye; immensely evocative and fiercely intellectual.”

Countering criticism from some quarters that Calatrava’s projects often go over budget and fall behind schedule, Narkiewicz-Laine pointed to the popularity of the architect’s works and said “what important building has never been controversial?”

“Isn’t the public reaction very telling about what the best good architecture and best good design should be?” he added. “Nothing by this architect goes unnoticed. You are made aware that you are somewhere special. By building inspiring architecture in public places and for the public, Calatrava has added much to the definition of what is civic realm.”

Last year the European Prize was won by Italian architect Alessandro Mendini; famed for his work on the famous yellow tower of the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.

Related stories

BJARKE INGELS VIDEO: From roof gardens to basketball courts, BIG's designs for 2 WTC

Europe’s most prestigious architecture prize will today (17 November) be awarded to the Spanish designer Santiago Calatrava Valls. The European Prize for Architecture is presented annually to individuals who have “blazoned a new path and direction for an architecture that is deeply humane and committed to forward the principles of European humanism.” Calatrava – who is also a structural engineer, sculptor and painter – is famous for his artistic neo-futuristic
CLD,AAC,PRO,ARC,DES,DEV,INV
Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences building in Valencia / David Iliff
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7221     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7221     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Dornbracht GmbH
Dornbracht is turning the bathroom into a LifeSpa: Dornbracht’s LifeSpa vision has taken the idea of health-oriented bathroom design to a new level.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The eighth floor Suite Terrace is inspired by ‘Californian cool’
"We tried to take over in a friendly way"

The Standard’s first London hotel is bold, fun and full of surprising touches

Scott Lee designed the family’s residence, the first LEED-H certified home in Marin County, US
Scott Lee became president of SB Architects in 2000. Tracy Lee founded TLee Spas in 2015
"We design to connect the guest to the place, positioning people at the centre of the design"

Architect Scott Lee and spa consultant Tracey Lee on marrying the worlds of design and wellness in a series of interesting projects

A large mural behind the bar acts as a focal point for the room
Fu has a masters in architecture from Cambridge University
"I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks and temples"

Drawing on his childhood memories for the St Regis Hong Kong

features
The Pompidou Centre opened in Paris in 1977
Stephen Barrett (left) 
and John McElgunn (right) were both made partners at RSHP in 2016
"Leisure space – public space – is at the very root of democracy, and architecture is about democracy"

As RSHP completes its latest cultural project, we speak to two of its partners about why Richard Rogers isn’t leaving his succession to chance

Architects Monk Mackenzie created an interior box to house the new studios
"We’ve designed the space so that the atmosphere is intimate"

Les Mills’ new studio spaces at its iconic Auckland City Gym showcase a trend away from masculine ‘grunty’ gyms to something altogether different

The transparent structure is defined by delicate columns, offering views inside and out
Alexander Schwarz
"Our aim was to create a place celebrating public space and accessibility"

The opening of the James-Simon- Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island completes two decades of work for David Chipperfield Architects. The lead designer talks us through the building

features
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

A ‘glass waterfall’ houses a vertical circulation core and lifts
Martin Jochman founded JADE+QA in 2013. He formerly worked for Atkins
"We didn’t want to put in any gimmicks. We wanted to create a building that’s inherently sustainable through passive sustainability"

When Martin Jochman set out to transform an old quarry into a luxury hotel, he faced some serious challenges

cladkit product news
nea studio showcase seaweed's design potential with hand-crafted algae lamps
The seaweed lamps were inspired by Edwards Anker's ethos of incorporating local and organic materials in her designs to give them a sense of place
Lauren Heath-Jones
Nina Edwards Anker, a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of architecture and design practice nea studio, has created a new collection ...
Space Popular creates video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate in South Korea
Gate of Bright Lights was designed to show visitors how screens and digital interfaces have replaced physical objects the gateway between us and the rest of the world.
Lauren Heath-Jones
Multidisciplinary design firm Space Popular has created a video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate at the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, ...
Tino Seubert x Theodora Alfredsdottir lighting collection inspired by mid-century furniture making traditions
The Corrugation Lights were inspired by midcentury and post-war furniture making techniques
London-based designers Tino Seubert and Theodora Alfredsdottir have teamed up to create Corrugation Lights, a lighting collection inspired by midcentury ...
cladkit product news
Pelle DVN Table inspired by traditional Japanese carpentry
The DVN Table was created using Japanese joinery techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Jean and Oliver Pelle, the husband and wife team behind New York-based design studio Pelle, have created the DVN Table, ...
ZHD'S MEW Coffee Table explores relationship between surface and structure
The MEW Coffee Table is described as an investigation into the relationship between surface and structure
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with Italian furniture design firm Sawaya & Moroni to create the Mew Coffee Table. The ...
Tom Dixon Rock collection inspired by Dixon's travels to India
The Rock collection is made with green marble and was inspired by Tom Dixon's travels to India
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer studio, Tom Dixon Studio has launched a new collection of marble sculptures inspired by his frequent trips to ...
cladkit product news
Arlon Graphics debuts architectural collection
Arlon's architectural range is aimed at interior designers looking for innovative and affordable renovation solutions
Lauren Heath-Jones
Arlon Graphics, a plastic and vinyl manufacturer based in The Netherlands, has launched a range of architectural graphic vinyl films ...
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
John Pomp Studios expands Tidal collection
The Eclipse Pendant light was inspired by the lunar eclipse
Lauren Heath-Jones
John Pomp Studios, a design practice based in Philadelphia in the US, has expanded its Tidal collection to include five ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates