The architect who designed Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion is facing a lawsuit in his hometown of Valencia, Spain.
Santiago Calatrava designed the City of Arts and Sciences, a complex of cultural amenities, in Valencia. In December, enough sections of mosaic facade fell off the complex’s opera house that the roughly eight-year-old building had to be closed, according to a report in The Telegraph.
On Sunday, the government’s arts and culture spokesperson announced the city’s plan to sue Calatrava, according to the article. Calatrava has faced lawsuits over some of his other European designs as well.
According to a New York Times article, Calatrava also designed an airport that did not include an area for arriving passengers and the train station he is designing for ground zero in New York City is about six years behind schedule and $2 billion over-budget.
But it seems Milwaukee has escaped the maintenance woes experienced in the European projects. A Milwaukee Art Museum spokesperson said the Quadracci Pavilion, unveiled in 2001, has not required any unexpected repairs.