After the SWECO post, I had to elaborate a bit on the visionary behind the Turning Torso: Santiago Caltrava
Santiago Calatrava with his Turning Torso prototype.
Santiago Calatrava was born in Valencia, Spain on July 28, 1951.
He pursued undergraduate studies at the Architecture School and Arts and Crafts School. Following graduation in 1975, he enrolled in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland for graduate work in civil engineering. Calatrava was influenced by the French architect Le Corbusier, whose Notre Dame du Haut chapel caused Calatrava to examine how complex form could be understood and generated in architecture. In 1981 after completing his doctoral thesis, "On the Foldability of Space Frames", he started his architecture and engineering practice.
In 1981, Calatrava began his professional practice by opening an architectural and engineering office in Zurich. His first realized project was the Jakem Factory in 1983, in Munchwilen, Switzerland. His second office was opened in Paris in 1989.
In his almost 20 years of practice, he was won countless awards, including the 1992 "Gold Medal of the Institute of Structural Engineers," and the 1987 "Auguste Perret UIA Prize."
Sometimes you wonder how one has enough time in a day to build buildings, bridges, sculptures and art…all at a internationally-praised level. Sigh…