“For architecture, among all the arts, is the one that most boldly tries to reproduce in its rhythm the order of the universe”
We arrived in Valencia, and the first major site we came across was the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences). It’s a series of modern buildings constructed in a diverted riverbed. It includes the opera house, event space, gardens and an IMAX theater. The designs of each building complement one another – similar color schemes, design elements, echoes of water – and all of the buildings are set in shallow water to call back to the origin of the space (the river). Many of the elements also honor the modern designs of Gaudí: mosaics of smashed ceramic, swathes of white, organic shapes. The whole complex cost over €1 billion to build, and it is breathtaking. Each angle presents new shapes and perspectives of the space, and the overall impression is a clean, calm presentation.