Calatrava ordered to pay millions for 'shortcomings in his work' on conference center project

Famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros due to faulty design work on the Palacio de Congresos project in Oviedo, Spain. 

February 21, 2014 |
The building's owner says the structure's mechanical visor has never worked beca

A Spanish court ruled that famed architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros (roughly $4 million) to a property development company, citing "shortcomings in his work" related to the Palacio de Congresos project in Oviedo, Spain, according to the Associated Press.

According to a report from The Guardian, Palacio de Congresos' infamous, huge mechanical visor has never worked because of problems with its hydraulics. Calatrava has been in an ongoing battle with the building's owners through the courts after they blamed him and refused to pay his full fees.

The architect is facing legal action in his home town, as well. As BD+C reported in December 2013, officials with the city of Valencia, Spain, are blaming Calatrava for the rapid deterioration of buildings within its City of Arts and Sciences complex. 

And the owner of another Calatrava-designed project, Ysios winery in the rainy Alava region of northern Spain, say the building's dramatic, undulating roof is leaking

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