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Calatrava Criticized for Valencia Complex

© Flickr user FromtheNorth
© Flickr user FromtheNorth

Praised for his masterful blends of architecture and engineering, yet criticized for rarely sticking to a budget, Valencia-native Santiago Calatrava is no stranger to controversy. His latest project making headlines is the largest landmark in Valencia and the second most-visited cultural complex in Spain: the City of Arts and Sciences. 

More on the controversy after the break.

House in Godella / Orts - Trullenque

  • Architects: Orts - Trullenque
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Design Team: Marta Orts, Carlos Trullenque
  • Collaborators: Ana Ábalos, Nacho Fós
  • Structure: Javier Cases
  • Technical Architect: Enrique López
  • Installations: GIA
  • Contractor: Construcciones Faios-Dupolo
  • Year: 2007
  • Photography: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Kindergarden / Cristina García Dorce

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Architects: Cristina García Dorce Location: Tuéjar, Valencia, Spain Architects : Cristina García Dorce, José Durán Fernández Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz
© Pablo Vázquez Ortiz

Inspiration Hotel Winning Proposal / Paul Dieterlen Architecture

Courtesy of Paul Dieterlen Architecture
Courtesy of Paul Dieterlen Architecture

Located in the “Albufera de Valencia”, one of the national territory´s most singular natural areas, the winning proposal for the Inspiration Hotel is formed as a huge ring shaped wooden pier 160 meters in diameter that rises above the Albufera´s water surface. Designed by Paul Dieterlen Architecture, the building is resolved with two main rings, one with an eight meter section which contains the architectural program and the public areas, and another one, with a three meters section turn to the interior that works a continuous circular path. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Diamond House / Abis Arquitectura

© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar

Architects: Abis Arquitectura Location: Sierra Dorada, Benidorm, Alicante, Spain Architects: Ángel Benigno González Avilés, Mª Isabel Pérez Millán Design Team: Emilio Cortés Saura Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Toni Elvar, Vicente Martinez

© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar
© Toni Elvar

RGB / Girod+Anton Arquitectos

  • Architects: Girod+Anton Arquitectos
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Project Team: Jorge Girod, Jose Luís Antón
  • Collaborator: Beatriz Coloma
  • Budget: 650,000€
  • Area: 1071.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

© Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio

Noatum Headquarters / Girod+Anton Arquitectos

  • Architects: Girod+Anton Arquitectos
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Project Team: Jorge Girod, Jose Luís Antón
  • Collaborators: Claudia Escrivà, Yihuan Cao, Tomás Maicas
  • Area: 626.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mariela Apollonio

© Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio © Mariela Apollonio

Eolica Wind Tower / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The design for the Wind Tower by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos aims to create a landmark which modifies its proportions depending on the viewpoint and the effect of the sunlight; revealing an element in a constant evolution. An engraved tower devoted to the wind, The building combines renewable energy which feeds the city and its facilities with electricity, without needing other resources. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Safor School of Architects / Orts-Trullenque

  • Architects: Orts-Trullenque
  • Location: Carrer Benipeixcar, 46009 Valencia, Spain
  • Architects: Orts-Trullenque
  • Head Architects: Marta Orts, Carlos Trullenque
  • Assistant Architects: Carlos Nieto - Ana Ábalos - Nacho Fós
  • Structural Engineering :  Javier Cases
  • Civil Engineer:  Vicente Sevila
  • Mechanical Engineering: GIA (Luis Sanchis - Agustí Vila)
  • Client: CTAV (College of Architects of Valencia)
  • Contractor: OTP Construcciones
  • Photographs: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Parc Central Social Housing Building / OAB + Peñín Architects

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Habitat Make Us Blind / Espai MGR

Courtesy Bernat Ivars + Manuel Lopez
Courtesy Bernat Ivars + Manuel Lopez

The Spanish duo of Bernat Ivars and Manuel Lopez of Espai MGR has shared their latest work, Habitat Make Us Blind, a series examining the potential of reprogramming vacant lots in downtown Valencia. Further text describing the project and more images are available after the break.

Valencia Parque Central Proposal / West 8

Courtesy of West 8
Courtesy of West 8

Rotterdam-based office for urban design and landscape architecture West 8, in collaboration with Sener & Gestec, have designed this entry for the Valencia Central Park Competition. Their proposal achieved a place on the competition shortlist. The design presented here is a concept for Parque Central inspired by the Valencian tradition of solid narrative and poetry. More images and description of the project after the break.

Munich Fractal Arena / Dear design

© Xavier Mañosa © Xavier Mañosa © Xavier Mañosa © Xavier Mañosa

House Built Into The City / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
  • Collaborators:  Dos Interiorismo (kitchen design), José Angel Ruiz Millo ı Architecture, Jose Vicente Miguel Lopez ı Architecture
  • Area: 295.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Project Architects: Fran Silvestre Navarro, Maria Jose Sáez
  • Project Team: Carlos García Mateo, Pedro Vicente López López, José Vicente Miguel López, José Ángel Ruíz Millo, Fernando Usó Martín, Alexandre Marcos
  • Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
  • Structural Engineering: David Gallardo Llopis
  • Client: Naves y Fábricas, S.L. | Guillermo Caballero de Luján
  • Contractor: COARCO
  • Project Area: 782.85 sqm
  • Area: 1150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda