The outstanding role of its architecture was made possible thanks to the work of two Spanish architects of international renown, who have contributed the very best of their work to this area: the Valencian Santiago Calatrava, who designed the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the Hemisfèric, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Umbracle, and the Ágora (under construction), and Félix Candela, designer of the unique roofing of the main Oceanográfico buildings.
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Santiago Calatrava: the spectacular Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is one of the buildings of Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences. The dome is 250ft high, and houses four theaters with a combined capacity of more than 4,000. Outside a giant cantilever canopy floats above a structure that seems half-animal, half plant. Begun in 1995, the Palau took 10 yrs to build, by which time most of the other buildings of the City of Arts & Sciences had already been completed.