Location: Barajas, Madrid, Spain
Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue
Design Team: Alex Ruiz, Susana Oses, Cesar Trujillo, Marta Ruiz Nieto, Jordi Gorbe Neira, Valentina Antinucci, Laura Weiss, Jack O’Kelly, Cristián Ferrera,Vaiva Simoliunaite, Jesús Baranda, Carls Ernesto Lince, Carolina Carvalho, Ramón Gómez, Pedro Rodríguez Gómez Limón, Marco Coletti.
Area: 12,568 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe
Will the peeling shell of Santiago Calatrava’s Palau de les Arts in Valencia be saved by an innovative, new paint? Calatrava’s $455.6 million project, which surpassed its budget four times over, has sprouted many defects over the years, but none more damning than its peeling facade – a defect that spurred the city of Valencia to sue Calatrava’s office. However, Spanish paint manufacturer Graphenano has proposed an innovative solution: Graphenstone, a mixture of limestone powder and the allotrope graphene, which should just prevent further deterioration. Whether the solution could also relieve some courtroom tension, remains to be seen. Read more on Inhabitat and The Architect’s Newspaper.