Calatrava Architecture in Valencia, Spain

One of my first stops in Valencia, Spain was the City of Arts and Sciences. This area of the city was the former Turia river-bed and has been transformed into a picturesque sunken park containing the modern architecture of Santiago Calatrava. With a long list of accomplishments, Calatrava blew me away with these massive space-age structures. I was able to photograph only a few of these buildings before I had to leave, wishing I had another week to wander in and out of these beautiful structures. These are some photos I was able to capture in a 10 minute time period. 

A view of the L'Hemisfèric (right), which is designed to look like a half-opened eye, and home to a massive IMAX Theater. Behind the L'Hemisfèric is the opera and performing arts center called the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (left). 

A view of the L'Hemisfèric (right), which is designed to look like a half-opened eye, and home to a massive IMAX Theater. Behind the L'Hemisfèric is the opera and performing arts center called the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (left)

A view of the entrance into the L'Hemisfèric.

A view of the entrance into the L'Hemisfèric.

A construction worker fixes mosaic tiles that have fallen off the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

A construction worker fixes mosaic tiles that have fallen off the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

The Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, is designed to resemble the skeleton of a whale. The building is a museum designed for more entertainment value than science and holds a massive exhibition space inside. 

The Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, is designed to resemble the skeleton of a whale. The building is a museum designed for more entertainment value than science and holds a massive exhibition space inside. 

All around the Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is public space to relax and admire the architecture of Calatrava. 

All around the Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is public space to relax and admire the architecture of Calatrava. 

A dining area under the awning of the Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe.

A dining area under the awning of the Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe.

A view of the L'Assut de l'Or Bridge with L'Àgora in the background. The L'Assut de l'Or Bridge is a suspension bridge that brings people over to the City of Arts and Science. L'Àgora is a multifunctional space where sports and various concerts are held. It also holds the Valencia Open 500. 

A view of the L'Assut de l'Or Bridge with L'Àgora in the background. The L'Assut de l'Or Bridge is a suspension bridge that brings people over to the City of Arts and Science. L'Àgora is a multifunctional space where sports and various concerts are held. It also holds the Valencia Open 500.