Hemisfèric, City of Arts and Sciences

Santiago Calatrava

This view from under the bridge by the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia looking toward the science museum, the suspension bridge and the Agora

The Hemisfèric was the first building of the complex, completed in 1998. Resembling a large eye, this building contains an Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium. It opens to reveal the dome, the pupil of the eye, which is the Ominax theater. "Located directly beneath its semi-spherical pupil is the IMAX cine complex. An ingenious engineering mechanism even enables the eyelids and eyelashes to actually open and close" (Milláas 184).

View from the east with the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia behind it

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Works Cited or Consulted:

Millás, Jaime. Valencia. Sant Lluis, Menorca: Triangle Postals, 2007.
Stich, Sidra. Art Sites--Spain. San Francisco: art-SITES, 2001.

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