Archive for 03/13/13



The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, houses the largest collection outside Europe of the works of the artist Salvador Dalí and is located on the Downtown St. Petersburg waterfront. In mid 2008, a new location for the Dali museum was announced. Designed by architectural firm HOK, it was built on the downtown waterfront next to the Mahaffey Theater, featuring a large glass entryway and skylight. The museum's collection includes 96 oil paintings, over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objets d'art, and an extensive archival library, and displays are periodically rotated.The museum is home to 7 of the 18 masterwork paintings by Dalí ,including The Hallucinogenic Toreador and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, the most of any museum in the world. To be considered a masterwork these paintings must be at least 5 feet in any direction and have been worked on for over a year. 








Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in April 2011. The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms, whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels. The underground level (Level 0) houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on-site are displayed in a museum. Level 1 (street level) is the Central Market. The roof of Level 1 is the surface of the open-air public plaza, shaded by the wooden parasols above and designed for public events. Levels 2 and 3 are the two stages of the panoramic terraces (including a restaurant), offering one of the best views of the city centre.


Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 km² and rises to an elevation of 341 m at its highest point.The town is also known as Chora.  Mykonos early human inhabitants were Carians, followed by Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Cretans and Ionians. In ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos ,situated about 2 kilometres, became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and the island was named in honor of Mykons, son of Anios who was a son of Apollo and nymph named Rio.Tourism has dominated the economy since the 1950s.




Tree houses or tree forts, are platforms or buildings constructed around, next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more mature trees while above ground level. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, habitation, observation or as temporary retreats. In some parts of the tropics, houses are either fastened to trees or elevated on stilts to keep the living quarters above the ground to protect occupants and stored food from scavenging animals. The Korowai, a Papuan tribe in the southeast of Irian Jaya, live in tree houses, some nearly 40 metres high, as protection against a tribe of neighbouring head-hunters, the Citak. Along with subterranean and ground level houses, tree houses are an option for building eco-friendly houses in remote forest areas, because they do not require a clearing of a certain area of forest. The wildlife, climate and illumination on ground level in areas of dense close-canopy forest is not desirable to some people.



Absolute Tower is a residential condominium twin tower skyscraper complex in the five tower Absolute City Centre development in Mississauga, Ontario. With the first three towers completed (Absolute City Centre 1 & 2 and Absolute Vision), the last two towers (Absolute World 4 & 5) were topped off at 50 and 56 storeys.The tower twists 209 degrees from the base to the top, making it very similar to Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. The structural design was done by Sigmund Soudack & Associates Inc, a Toronto-based almost 40-year-old structural engineering firm. The tower has six levels of underground parking.On June 14, 2012, the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit group of architects and engineers, reported that the towers were among the world's best new skyscrapers.


The DNA Towers project is conceived by James Law Cybertecture International as the first landmark Cybertecture mix used residential/commercial and retail development on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. Conceived as an iconic symbol of the future potentials of Abu Dhabi, the twin towers of the project will comprise both residences and offices facing the ocean, affording the most spectacular views. The unique feature of the towers is that they are twisting in form just akin to the DNA structure of human life, and symbolizes the future growth of Abu Dhabi. The towers are seemingly joined at the top by a lopping structure of glass and steel that contains the most spectacular sky garden ever designed with revolving restaurants and fountains. At the base of the tower will be the world’s largest infinity pool which contains residents clubhouse that will have sports facilities, gyms, pool, library, lounges, medical centers and children play areas.




The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flower like shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple is open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahá'í texts. The Bahá'í laws emphasize that the spirit of the House of Worship be that it is a gathering place where people of all religions may worship God without denominational restrictions. The Bahá'í laws also stipulate that only the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and other religions can be read or chanted inside in any language; while readings and prayers can be set to music by choirs, no musical instruments can be played inside. Furthermore no sermons can be delivered, and there can be no ritualistic ceremonies practised  All Bahá'í Houses of Worship, including the Lotus Temple, share certain architectural elements, some of which are specified by Bahá'í scripture.


Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa. The base of the tower has a structure similar to a tripod; from a height of about 350 m and above, the tower's structure is cylindrical to offer panoramic views of the river and the city. There are observatories at 350 m, with a capacity of up to 2000 people, and 450 m , with a capacity of 900 people. The upper observatory features a spiral, glass-covered skywalk in which visitors ascend the last 5 meters to the highest point at the upper platform. A section of glass flooring gives visitors a direct downward view of the streets below.The tower has seismic proofing, including a central shaft made of reinforced concrete.



Flame Towers is a residential complex with a roof height of 190 m in Baku, Azerbaijan. The estimated cost of Flame Towers is US$350 million. When completed, the structure will be one of the tallest buildings in Baku.The facades of the three Flame Towers are turned into gigantic display screens with the use of more than 10,000 high-power LED luminaires, supplied by the Osram subsidiary Traxon Technologies. According to a poll of skyscrapercity.com, an influential urbanistic forum, the Illumination of Flame Towers was acknowledged as the best in the world. The Flame Towers are completely covered with the LED screens that display the movement of a fire visible from the farthest points of the city. This illumination creates the effect of giants torches emphasizing the main idea of Flame Towers incorporated in their name.

Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera, is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1905–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. It is located at the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was a controversial design at the time for the bold forms of the undulating stone facade and wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows, designed largely by Josep Maria Jujol, who also created some of the plaster ceilings.Architecturally it is considered an innovative work for its steel structure and curtain walls – the façade is self-supporting. Other innovative elements were the construction of underground car parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and their servants.In 1984, it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.






The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, is the distinguishing feature of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs. The most striking aspect of the Chapel is its row of seventeen spires.The structure is a tubular steel frame of 100 identical tetrahedrons, each 75 feet  long, weighing five tons, and enclosed with clear aluminum panels.   The tetrahedrons are spaced a foot apart, creating gaps in the framework that are filled with 1-inch-thick  colored glass. The tetrahedrons comprising the spires are filled by triangular clear aluminum panels, while the tetrahedrons between the spires are filled with a mosaic of colored glass in aluminum frame. The Cadet Chapel itself is 150 feet   high, 280 feet   long, and 84 feet  wide. The front façade, on the south, has a wide granite stairway with steel railings capped by aluminum handrails leading up one story to a landing. At the landing is a band of gold anodized aluminum doors, and gold anodized aluminum sheets apparently covering original windows.The shell of the chapel and surrounding grounds cost $3.5 million to build. Various furnishings, pipe organs, liturgical fittings and adornments of the chapel were presented as gifts from various individuals and organizations. In 1959, a designated Easter offering was also taken at Air Force bases around the world to help complete the interior. 





City of Fort Worth will illuminate the Avenue of Light, a major new work of public art created by Cliff Garten Studio of Los Angeles. Rising 36 feet above the streetscape, the Avenue of Light sculptures are at once transparent and opaque, depending  on the viewer's position and time of day. Each sculpture is made of 100 stainless steel plates, whose forms are derived from architectural details in the nearby Texas & Pacific Terminal, an Art Deco landmark. Stacked onto armatures, the plates create torqued volumes that contain and reflect sunlight by day, and focus beams of colored LED lights at night. The sculptures are set on concrete pedestals and will be seen amongst a palette of native trees and grasses.



Amsterdam is the largest and most visited tourist destination in the Netherlands. Developing since the 17th century into an economic superpower, Amsterdam is known for its cultural influence on the world.

Its rich architectural heritage radiates through the streets with a heavy mixture of modern and classical architecture.Yet the use of wood is seldom seen amongst the modern or classic construction. Due to a series of destructive fires in the 15th century, the use of timber as an architectural material was banned and only two wooden structures remain. Replaced with brick, Amsterdam’s architecture shows no material contrast, only generational.

Architect Laurent Saint-Val seeks to reclaim the forgotten wooden medium and showcase it in his modern bridge proposal.Taking into account the ancient use of the medium, he sought to illustrate a contemporary manipulation of timber in which its flexibility, sustainability and adaptive properties are unmatched by other materials.source







Lilypad Floating Cities are concept for survive in the age of global warming. There are very few urban design solutions that address housing the inevitable tide of displaced people that could arise as oceans swell under global warming. Certainly none are as spectacular as this one. The Lilypad, by Vincent Callebaut, is a concept for a completely self-sufficient floating city intended to provide shelter for future climate change refugees. Biomimicry was clearly the inspiration behind the design. The Lilypad, which was designed to look like a waterlily, is intended to be a zero emission city afloat in the ocean. Through a number of technologies (solar, wind, tidal, biomass), it is envisioned that the project would be able to not only produce it’s own energy, but be able to process CO2 in the atmosphere and absorb it into its titanium dioxide skin.



El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or a suspension bridge that connects the south side with Minorca Street, whose 125 meters high pillar is the highest point in the city. The Assut de l'Or Bridge is a suspension bridge, designed by Valencian architect and civil engineer Santiago Calatrava, and fully completed in December 2008. The name l'Assut de l'Or means the Dam of the Gold and refers to a dam that was formerly located nearby. The bridge is located in central Valencia, Spain, in its City of Arts and Sciences complex.



L'Oceanogràfic an open-air oceanographic park. It is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe with 110,000 square meters and 42 million liters of water. It was built in the shape of a water lily and is the work of architect Félix Candela. Each building represents different aquatic environments including the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Artctic, Islands and the Ted Sea. This aquarium is a home to over 500 different species including dolphins, belugas, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish, sea urchins, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks,and rays. It also inhabits wetland bird species.

The City of Arts and Sciences complex is made up of the following buildings, in order of their inauguration: 
  1. L'Hemisfèric
  2. El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe 
  3. L'Umbracle
  4. L'Oceanogràfic
  5. El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
  6. El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or
  7. L'Àgora
  8. Torres de València - The project has been put on hold



L'Umbracle a landscaped walk with plant species indigenous to Valencia, such as rockrose, lentisca, romero, lavender, honeysuckle, bougainvillea, palm tree. It harbors in its interior The Walk of the Sculptures, an outdoor art gallery with sculptures from contemporary artists. Miquel from Navarre, Francesc Abbot, Yoko Ono and others. The Umbracle is a space that is a home to numerous sculptures surrounded by nature. It was designed as a entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences. It is 320 meters long and 60 meters wide, located on the southern side of the complex. It 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches that stand 18 meters high. The plants in the garden were carefully picked to change color with the seasons. The garden consists of 99 palm trees, 78 small palm trees, 62 bitter orange trees. There are 42 varieties of shrubs from the Region of Valencia including Cistuses, Mastics, Buddleia, Pampas grass, and Plumbagos. In the garden there are 16 plants of Beauty of the Night. Honeysuckle and hanging Bougainvilea are two of the 450 climbing plants in the umbracle. It also has 5,500 carpet plants such as Lotus, Agateas, Spanish Flags, and Fig Marigolds. There are over a hundred aromatic plants including Rosemary and Lavender.

The City of Arts and Sciences complex is made up of the following buildings, in order of their inauguration:
  1. L'Hemisfèric
  2. El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe 
  3. L'Umbracle
  4. L'Oceanogràfic
  5. El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
  6. El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or
  7. L'Àgora
  8. Torres de València - The project has been put on hold




L'Àgora a covered plaza in which concerts and sporting events, such as the Valencia Open 500, are held. The Agora is a space designed to hold a variety of events such as concerts, performances, exhibitions, conventions, staging of congresses, and international sports meetings. Many important events have been held in this building including the Freestyle Burn Spanish Cup in 2010 and the Christmas Special Program. L'Àgora  is a multifunctional covered space designed by Santiago Calatrava located in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, Valencia, Spain. The building has a height of 80 metres and occupies 5,000 square metres of elliptic space. Depending on the configuration of the space, a maximum seating capacity for 6,000 people can be reached. L'Àgora was officially inaugurated in November 2009 to host the Valencia Open 500 ATP tournament, although the construction works were not completely finished.

The City of Arts and Sciences complex is made up of the following buildings, in order of their inauguration: 
  1. L'Hemisfèric
  2. El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe 
  3. L'Umbracle
  4. L'Oceanogràfic
  5. El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia
  6. El Pont de l'Assut de l'Or
  7. L'Àgora
  8. Torres de València - The project has been put on hold

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