rooms & macro
The architectural style of Santiago Calatrava, a celebrated architect, structural engineer and sculptor from Spain, has its origins in the Catalan Modernist genre, like Antoni Gaudí. However, he brings his own individual elements, based on parts of the body and nature. Santiago Calatrava’s designs suggest stylized natural objects – waves, wings, or sun-bleached skeletons. Buildings open like the wings of birds and apartment towers twists like the human torso. He uses steel and concrete and the latest computer technology to create what appears to be both natural and structurally impossible. His masterpieces are immediately recognizable, and often look like they are about to take flight.
The New York Times said in 2009 that his works tend to be too extravagant for the mundane purposes they serve, with particular reference to his designs of railway stations. Nevertheless, Calatrava continues to design fantastically over-the-top buildings. The best examples of his work like the Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, the New Terminal at Bilbao Airport in Bilbao, and the Caja Madrid Obelisk in Madrid inspired us to create the new wallcovering collection, taking a closer look at lines – how they affect our perception of a room, and how they help to delineate different spaces and shapes.