The sights, shapes and styles of buildings in Valencia give visitors with a passion for contemporary architecture a lot of food for thought.
The City of Arts and Sciences
Hundreds of angles and views in one place, the City of Arts and Sciences is a quarter of Valencia that any contemporary architecture enthusiast will be in a rush to get to. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is famous across the globe for his creations.
The Conference Centre
This is also known as the Congress Centre and was designed by British architect Norman Foster. Opened in 1998, it has attracted high calibre business meetings and events ever since. The building is more than aesthetically forward thinking: the solar tiles on its roof have generated over 1.5 million kWh of energy in five years, making it a leading sustainable venue.
Veles e Vents
This building at the marina was designed by David Chipperfield and Fermín Vázquez. The building is named after the poem Veles e Vents by the fifteenth-century Valencian poet Ausiàs March. The poem is about a journey from Italy to Valencia in search of his loved one and the building was created to accommodate the guests and spectators of the 32nd America’s Cup. It now stands to represent the competition and its importance to the city of Valencia.
Luna Rosa team base
A building with a much more practical function but staggering first impression is the team base for Luna Rossa at the Renzo Piano workshop. Used as the base in the 2007 America’s Cup using sails as exterior material, it is worth a photo or two.
To find out more about architecture in Valencia go to the Visit Valencia website.