A gift from Santiago Calatrava

The books in the British Architectural Library at the RIBA come from many sources. Some have come as gifts from well-known names in architecture.

Books of Santiago Calatrava’s drawings, edited by Robertina Calatrava.

In 2013 the BBC and RIBA brought the talk  Dream Builders: Santiago Calatrava  to the RIBA’s headquarters. The Library has a permanent reminder of  Calatrava’s influential work and his visit to 66 Portland Place through a gift of special limited edition books, produced by his office and edited by his wife Robertina Calatrava.

Each one is from the architect and all are personally illustrated and signed with a dedication to the RIBA. The books, some in concertina format, are a rich display of  his drawings of animated figures and are a glimpse into how the human form has provided inspiration for some of his high-profile buildings. These are just some of the many books in the Library signed by architects and authors. 

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Books and a dedication from Santiago Calatrava to the RIBA Books of Santiago Calatrava’s drawings, edited by Robertina Calatrava.
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