Tuesday, August 22, 2006

City of Arts And Sciences

Of course, Valencia is not all old stuff. This collection of new stuff is Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

The building above is the Palacio de las Artes. It's covered in white ceramic tiles and I think they've been having a bit of a space shuttle experience because a lot of them are being replaced right now.

The blob in the middle (above) is called the Hemisferic. I don't actually know what goes on in there. In fact I don't really know what happens in any of these buildings because I didn't have time to explore inside any of them.

I love the way the shallow pools that surround all of the buildings cast a blue-green glow onto the white walls.

The structure at the rear of the picture above is called the Umbracle, and it exists solely to create a bit of shade for the trees and plants. Oh, and also to look gorgeous.

The building on the right, above, is the Museo de las Ciencias.

There is another section to the City of Art and Sciences devoted to Oceanography - more buildings in the same vein - but I didn't have time to get to them. Amazing stuff eh? Actually one of my reasons for wanting to move to Spain is that public services are excellent, and the authorities don't seem to have any qualms about spending money to get outstanding results - if this was in the UK it would be a collection of concrete-block warehouses with maybe a few scruffy lawns around it and miles and miles of car park.

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Blogger trailingspouse said...

Amazing building and great shots. You'll be giving nzm a run for his money next! :P

4:08 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

lol @ trailing spouse!

awesome awesome photos - would love to take pics of that building!

8:29 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

Keefie; there are some serious breathtaking photos here, well done. The colour of the sky is incredible which really sets off all the stunning buildings. It really sounds like your holiday was wonderful and very interesting. Good for you!

The question is have you returned still sure you want to leave or has being away changed anything?


9:44 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

I remember when Dubai had skies as blue as that. Dunno what happened to them. HBHB: we is more certain than ever about leaving ;-)

2:03 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

wow.. this is what i call architecture, not the stuff u see on the news now!

as an engineer though i dread the task of setting out the dimensions of such buildings! although the result is spectacular...

inshalla one day dubai.. inshalla!

we shall "inshalla" in hope, unrealistic hope!

11:05 am  

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