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Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia, Valencia

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The Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia is an extraordinary architectural achievement and cultural landmark in the heart of Valencia. Designed by famed architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the performing arts center makes use of cutting-edge technologies that complement its contemporary design.

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The building’s lighting design was conceptualized by CA2L Il•luminació, a Barcelona-based lighting design firm, who specified Color Kinetics’ ColorBlast 12 systems to adorn the building with color and movement. A total of 104 systems were installed along the top of the building and addressed in pairs, generating symmetrical effects on either side of the building.

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  1. musa
    Posted Sep 13, 2008 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    so interesting. me, as one of the fans of calatrava`s design, so glad every time i see ur new design. with your way of design in using material. and create it at your own way. so that it gives a new taste to the surrounding. dont know why this design represented what is inside.

    hopefully i could learn from you.

    best regard,


  2. Esti
    Posted Nov 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Simply entranched by the beautiful lines that Calatrava can coax out of materials!

    Hope that sometime in my lifetime that ability to transform not only the structure, it’s surroundings & the materials, but the influence on perception & feeling of the onlooker, will be within my understanding.
    It is truly a talent that I aspire to achieve.

  3. Posted Jul 11, 2009 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I think Queen Sofia would be very proud, it’s a very feminine and Iberian piece os art… this futuristic seashell has all the grace of a flower in bloom, it is a very elegant piece, that seems strong and i wonder if it is storm resistant, very eco-beautiful ! I guess the best way for an architect to be a sculptor is to become an engineer also ? just to save time and stress, i just wish education would become more and more multidisciplinary, to encourage more creative buildings and healthy smart cities.

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