The city of Valencia, Spain, says it will take legal action against architect Santiago Calatrava after chunks of mosaic façade fell off the Palau de les Arts in high winds. Authorities closed the opera house—the centerpiece of the Calatrava-designed City of Arts and Sciences that opened eight years ago—to the public until further notice, according to the Telegraph. Blaming “construction defects,” the government is suing Calatrava for the cost of repairs.
The Telegraph reports that the complex first began showing signs of aging a year ago. Wrinkles appeared on the opera house’s smooth white exterior comprising thousands of small mosaic tiles, but the problem was attributed to a design fault.
The City of Arts and Sciences is the latest in a series of projects proving problematic for Calatrava. Owners of the Bodegas Ysios winery are suing the architect over a continuously leaking roof, while pedestrians have injured themselves on the glass tile surface of a footbridge leading to the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. In Venice, authorities are suing Calatrava and engineers for cost overruns and excessive repairs to the Ponte della Costituzione footbridge across the Grand Canal.