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.
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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