If you have watched the film “Tomorrowland”, then you know the Ciutat de Les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), because exterior scenes of the futuristic city were filmed in this place. Also an episode of the TV series Doctor Who.
It is a cultural complex in Valencia, Spain, made up of L’Hemisfèric, (IMAX cinema, planetarium and laserium, 1998), El Museu de les Ciències (Science Museum, 2000), L’Umbracle (shade structure and sculpture garden, 2001), L’Oceanogràfic (oceanarium, 2003), El Palau de les Arts (Palace of the Arts, 2005), El Pont de l’Assut de l’Or (Dam of the Gold Bridge, 2008) and L’Àgora (The Agora, 2009).
La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències was designed by Santiago Calatrava (architect, engineer and sculptor). He is Valencian but has well-known works all around the world, as the Milwaukee Art Museum (USA), the Turning Torso in Malmo (Sweden), the Athens Olympics Sports Complex (Greece), or the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is very nice, indeed, with a great cultural and architectural value. However, there is a reverse side of the coin (in a next post, next Saturday).