A David Chipperfield by the sea? A David Chipperfield by the sea! This 2005 project, developed jointly with Fermín Vázquez, is a synthesis of contemporary architecture, a symbol of a Valencia with greater maritime pretensions.

In the context of the America’s Cup race, the construction of Veles e Vents had a wow effect. It puts a seal on the city’s vocation to gain affinity with the sea, to normalise its character as a maritime city. Chipperfield, together with Vázquez, took the opportunity to build a complex that, from its basement to its top floor, is imbued with the breeze. Yet it also seeks to materialise capital references: Le Corbusier’s purism, Van der Rohe’s purity and Frank Lloyd Wright’s forms.

Its use has evolved from a balcony overlooking the sea to a block dedicated to leisure, cuisine and culture. It has also recently incorporated an audiovisual suite, a space for content creation for Valencia World Design Capital 2022.

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