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    Como un sueño – Video of Calatrava’s Work

    By Vatjaiswal
    Nov 12, '13 10:20 PM EST

    Filmed over two months- ‘Como un sueño’ is an architectural study by me that investigates the work of renowned Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava’s in Valencia, Spain. It attempts to show through film, timelapse and hyperlapse photography the following characteristics of architecture:

    1.     The beauty and harmony of structural rhythm
    2.     Differences in scale of architecture in relation to the human body
    3.     Penetration of light to play with transparency, translucency and opacity
    4.     Continuation of the design intent from the form of the building down to the details such as benches, trash cans, lamps etc.
    5.     Creation of architectural spaces only with the suggestion of enclosure by structural steel
    6.     Accentuated “rising” of architecture from the ground
    7.     Elegance of symmetry
    8.     Transformation of a building over day and night
    9.     Reflection of architecture in water which sometimes “complete” them at night time
    10.     Importance of strategically placed artificial lights
    11.     The dance of light and shadow over time
    12.     Serenity in architecture
    13.     Use of local materials (such as typical white spanish fractured tiles in this case)
    14.     How sculptures and follies become a part of architectural
    15.     Different types of materials and markings on the ground
    16.     Water which 1) reflects at night but 2) shows materials beyond through transparency during the daytime
    17.     Selective use of color to highlight materiality
    18.     Emptiness around the buildings that draw your attention by eliminating distractions
    19.     Platforms, terraces and stairs that connect the inside to the outside
    20.     The power of color white which draws your eyes to the form by muting other distractions
    21.     How natural materials of the landscape architecture contrasts man made materials
    22.     Revelation of interior spaces at night time with artificial lighting
    23.     Power of size in architecture
    24.     Longevity and stability of architecture with the passing of time, moving clouds, sun, trees, people etc.
    25.     Ripple effect of water reflected on the buildings
    26.     The counter-intuitiveness of sloped walls
    27.     Arrival and departure of people into space
    28.     Appreciation of beauty and form in architecture
    29.     Creation of tension in form with “almost” touching elements
    30.     How people use the buildings; kids, couples, families, photographers, tourists etc.
    31.     Repetition of shapes and forms in architecture
    32.     Connections and joints in structural steel
    33.     Required maintenance and manpower to keep the architecture functioning
    34.     Cars, bikes, roads, pathways and ramps that act as arteries to bring people in and out of buildings
    35.     Advertisement and writings on buildings
    36.     How patterning on surfaces add personality to architecture
    37.     How structure and architecture become one. Note- this is different from exposed structural elements
    38.     Dazzle of unimaginable structural engineering
    39.     Motion frozen in time
    40.     Power of curved elements in contrast to rectilinear ones
    41.     Last but not the least, a comparison of music to architecture

    Filmed at Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias or The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. Click here to see the locations of the buildings- Palau de les Arts, Hemisfèric, Science Museum, Umbracle & Agora.

    Music: ‘Peace Piano Edit’ by Sonic Adventure Project and ‘Shine Instrumental’ by Cary Kanno. Courtesy of

    Don’t forget to share your thoughts below..

    • 1 Comment

    • observant

      Although plebes, we can comment on famous architects' works, or these posts wouldn't be up for grabs.  I think the Milwaukee museum (Milwaukee WI), the Sundial Bridge (Redding CA), and the bridge over the Guadalquivir (Seville, Spain) are more elegant than his museum in the middle of that large divided boulevard in Valencia, Spain heading to the sea.  There are too many elements, that "probe" doesn't look anchored, and locals make reference to it as being a large insect ... I'm guessing a praying mantis.  In his simpler compositions, meaning those with fewer geometries to study, Calatrava's work is more elegant and the starkness of one or two bolder forms make a stronger statement.

      Nov 13, 13 2:04 am  · 

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I am from Canada but currently traveling in Valencia, Spain. I will be traveling to Brazil, Taiwan and South Korea for the entire upcoming year, exploring the architecture and urban planning of major cities in these countries. My blog will focus on comparing architecture in different parts of the world, accompanied by photographs and videos. I would also like to write about how culture influences architecture of these places. Archinect seems like a great place to start and share my ideas!

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