Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences Stars in Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

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Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences has taken a starring role in Tomorrowland, Disney’s latest blockbuster. Located in the former riverbed of the Turia in Valencia, Spain, the City of Arts and Sciences comprises a cinema (L’Hemisfèric), a landscaped walk and sculpture garden (L’Umbracle), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the largest aquarium in Europe (L’Oceanográfico), and the renowned Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. The complex was constructed in stages commencing in July 1996, and opened to the public in October 2005. Unique and strikingly futuristic, the iconic group of buildings caught the eye of Tomorrowland producer Jeffrey Chernov, who spoke effusively of the building at a recent press conference for the film.

“Calatrava’s architecture is just phenomenal and inventive and exciting. It’s very skeletal, like you’re looking at the vertebrae of a dinosaur or prehistoric fish,” said Chernov. “You walk into that place and you never want to leave. That’s the vibe we wanted for Tomorrowland.”

El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

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Architects: Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés
Location: Valencia, Valencia,
Project Area: 2900.0 m2
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Nozomi Sushi / Masquespacio

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Interior Designers: Masquespacio
Location: , ,
Creative Director: Ana Milena Hernández Palacios
Creative Junior: Nuria Martínez
Architect Junior: Virgínia Hinarejos
Area: 233.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: David Rodríguez y Carlos Huecas

Oslo Restaurant / Borja Garcia Studio

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Architects: Borja Garcia Studio
Location: Carrer Catalans, 8, 46001 Valencia,
Project Architects: Borja García. Laura Ros
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Courtesy of Borja García Studio

Rehabilitación de Edifico en la Calle Cervantes / Antonio Altarriba

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Architects: Antonio Altarriba
Location: Calle Cervantes, 06330 , Badajoz, Spain
Area: 391.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Diego Opazo

Could a Lick of Super Strong Carbon Paint Fix Caltrava’s Palau de les Arts?

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Will the peeling shell of Santiago Calatrava’s Palau de les Arts in  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 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.

Vegamar Seleccion Wine Shop / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Carrer de Colón, Valencia,
Principal In Charge: Fran Silvestre
Collaborator Architect: Jordi Martínez, Ángel Fito
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Area: 123 sqm
Photographs: Diego Opazo

La Petite Brioche / Binomio Estudio

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Architects: Binomio Estudio
Location: ,
Area: 63.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Zarzoso

Caixa Ontinyent Cultural Center / Ramon Esteve

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Architects: Ramon Esteve
Location: ,
Site Manager: Gonzalo Llin
Technical Architect: Antonio Morales
Project Area: 1,855 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Xavier Mollà

Time House / LADAA

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Architects: LADAA
Location: Vilamarxant, , Spain
Architect In Charge: Sergio Adelantado, Sara López Blanco
Construction Company: Construciones Nideker
Area: 550 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of LADAA

19 Dwellings on Viana Street / García Floquet Arquitectos

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Architects: García Floquet Arquitectos
Location: Valencia,
Budget: 1,222,253 €
Client: Gestvalencia S.L.
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Iñaki Bergera

9th October Institute in Carlet / García Floquet Arquitectos

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Architects: García Floquet Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: García Floquet Arquitectos
Technical Architect: Eduardo Ferrer Domenech
Constructor: ARCION construcciones S.A.
Area: 322 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of García Floquet Arquitectos

Solar Tower / Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos

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Architects: Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos
Location: Sociópolis, ,
Project Directors: Iñaki Ábalos, Renata Sentkiewicz
Project Team: Alfonso Miguel (coordination), Laura Torres, Jorge Álvarez-Builla, Víctor Garzón, Pablo de la Hoz, Ismael Martín, Luis Matanzo, Jens Richter, David Sobrino, José Rodríguez
Area: 10,080 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia

House in Monasterios / Ramon Esteve

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Architects: Ramon Esteve
Location: Monasterios,
Year: 2008
Photographs: Mayte Piera

Corrugated Cardboard Pavillion / Miguel Arraiz + David Moreno

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Built for the annual traditional festival called “Fallas” held in in March, the corrugated cardboard temporary pavilion was made out with 3.000 purposefully made corrugated hexagonal boxes as the only structural material. The main challenge for the project by architect and sculptor David Moreno was the wind and the rain, because the structure should be at the urban space during at least 5 days. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Events Center Feria Valencia / Tomás Llavador

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Architects: Tomás Llavador
Location: Avenida de las Ferias, ,
Structure: MC2, Julio Martínez Calzón
Area: 10,275 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Tomás Llavador Arquitectos+Ingenieros

Arabista Ribera School / Victor García Martínez

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Architects: , Victor García Terol, José Gozalbez Esteve
Location: Valencia,
Collaborators: Daniel Martin Fuentes, Marta Sinisterra Olavarrieta, Cristina Tudela Marco
Area: 13450 sqm
Photography: Diego Opazo

Interior Light-Single Family Housing / Viraje architecture

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Architects: Viraje architects
Location: Valencia,
Architect In Charge: Jesús Damian Herranz Busquiel
Technical Architect: Raúl Hinarejos Arjona
Area: 363.0 m2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Germán Cabo Arnal