Precision Engineering

Calatrava's Tabourettli Theatre

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava defies categorization. His range of international built projects, from bridges to skyscrapers, demonstrates an extraordinary comprehension of both art and cutting-edge engineering.


El Croquis No.38, October 1992, Santiago Calatrava 1983/1989, pg. 75

In 1986, Calatrava was asked to design the interior of Tabourettli Theatre, which was housed in a thirteenth century building is Basel, Switzerland. An outstanding Gesamtkunstwerk, the architect custom-designed every aspect of Tabourettli Theater, from the staircase and coatracks to these exceptional enameled steel chairs upholstered in red leather, for integration into a sound whole.


El Croquis No.38, October 1992, Santiago Calatrava 1983/1989, pg. 87

The swooping base of these chairs echo the metal buttresses reinforcing the building’s ancient walls while the red seats introduce color to the theater’s otherwise neutral interior. The chairs demonstrate Calatrava’s command of precision engineering; the sinuous, curving steel bases undulate in form, defying the very characteristics of the material and echoing the dynamism of the Tabourettli Theater itself.


El Croquis No.38, October 1992, Santiago Calatrava 1983/1989, pg. 88

Also from this interior:

275
Santiago Calatrava
stools, pair
estimate: $3,000-5,000