The award-winning architecture and engineering firm Calatrava was shortlisted among five architecture firms a few weeks ago, as part of $8.7 billion Chicago O’Hare Airport’s expansion project (USA). The finalists are due to submit design models in January, which will be displayed across different locations of the city. O’Hare is one of the busiest airports in the world, having handled 79.8 million passengers in 2017, and will expand from 5.5 million square feet to 8.9 million square feet. Calatrava has become a celebrated name in the world of architectural design and engineering in the last three decades and its founder and current principal, Dr. Santiago Calatrava, continues to captivate the globe with his soaring structures and masterpieces. To date, he sketches by hand every project from the head office located in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 2014, Calatrava submitted a design for one of Qatar’s most sought-after projects: Al Sharq Crossing. The long-awaited tunnel and bridge is not just aesthetically and structurally daring but was part of becoming a symbol of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 which aims to develop the social, economic, environmental resources. An attraction to visitors, while connecting residents to different parts of the city together.
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