city of arts & sciences.
this photo was taken by me during my time in valencia, spain. i learned a lot about spanish (& valencian) architect, santiago calatrava. you have probably seen some of his work without even knowing it. his work is truly stunning & what he does with steel just amazes me (material dork, snort snort).
he has been commissioned to design the new transportation hub at ground zero. it will hopefully be done in 2014. i watched a special on the science channel about the rebuilding of the space & one thing really struck me… the buildings in lower Manhattan all run east/west in a grid, the new hub will not. calatrava angled it at what seems to be an odd angle.
there is a wedge of light, that corresponds with the shadows & light that was experienced during sept 11 at the times of 8:46 a.m. (first tower hit) and 10:28 a.m (second tower crumbled). this was calculated by daniel libeskind.
calatrava incorporated libeskind’s idea and angled the structure so that at 10:28am, every sept 11, the space will be in the direct path of the sun, making it the brightest the area will ever be.
a video about it here:
architecture & engineering making something truly lovely.