Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweden This 54-story residential tower, designed by 2005 AIA Gold Medalist Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, features nine rotating box units that turn 90 degrees from base to summit. The rumor mill suggests that Calatrava will be asked to design a similar structure in Las Vegas.
Valencia Opera, Valencia, Spain Santiago Calatrava's opera house, located on the western edge of his massive City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, is the complex's final piece. The spherical, white concrete design resembles a space helmet, and was completed this fall. Although its inaugural concert took place then, the building won't officially open until next year.
Getty Villa, Los Angeles The fabled Roman-style villa, which was the original J. Paul Getty Museum, reopens January 28 following a major renovation by Machado & Silvetti; SPF:architects served as the architect of record.
The museum has a new mission as an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Rome, Greece, and Eritrea. The museum has new galleries, a new auditorium, a new outdoor theater, new office space, and is now seismically protected by a steel support system. S.L.
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