In the latest development in the ongoing travails of Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect, construction workers are due to start removing the crumbling mosaic facade of Valencia’s opera house on Monday.Calatrava also has problems with staying on budget and finishing on time. But then this is what patrons should expect when what they most want in a building is novelty. Any truly new form is an experiment, and the thing about experiments is that sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. On the other hand the particular problem with the Valencia opera house is that the tiles keep falling off, and that is a problem that other architects and builders have been solving for a few thousand years.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Calatrava's Falling Tiles, or, Buildings are Supposed to Stand Up
A post from the world of star architects who forget that buildings are not sculptures, but structures that have to fulfill certain purposes and stand up for a while: