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The Bicentennial Torch in Guanajuato, México

By : Mark V | 6 Dec 2015 8:27 pm | Landmarks, Monuments

The Bicentennial Torch was recently completed and it’s now fully operational in Guanajuato, Mexico. The theme the designer Jose Clemente Orozco picked is inspired by the mural “Lucha social” (in English: “Social struggle”).The torch is held by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the leader of the independence, who leads the insurrection with the flaming torch in hand. The monument is a 45 meter tall structure that highlights the main entrance to the city of Leon in Guanajuato,Mexico. The steel structure…

Silk Road restaurant in the Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas

By : Mark V | 19 Sep 2015 5:19 pm | Interiors, Restaurants & Bars

The design is intricate since it combines different cultures,without overbearing the atmosphere of the place. It was the idea and design of Karim Rashid that brought the Silk Road restaurant to life and it is located in Las Vegas,in the Vdara Hotel. A touch of Mediterranean style and trade market clashes with the extravagance of the Merchant Route,in a design that captures both history and imagination. The sculptural fiberglass seating acts as a separating element-secluding the bistro area-that tries to…

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – LEED Platinum

By : Mark V | 2 Aug 2015 3:00 pm | Other

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can be found in downtown Seattle. The building, completed in March 2011, is a model of sustainable design and it is famous for the purpose it serves – helping people throughout the entire world. The foundation received the LEED-NC Platinum Certification yesterday making the building the first non profit structure in the world to ever win this award. It is a 639,860 sq ft campus and it faces Space Needle. It’s a 7 years…

World’s Highest Hotel: Ritz-Carlton In Hong Kong

By : Mark V | 3 Jul 2015 4:25 pm | Skyscrapers

The Ritz-Carlton hotel In Hong Kong, currently the world’s highest hotel right now, opened on March 29, this year, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. It is found on top of the 488 meter tall International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong. It is also a place of luxury since one night in a deluxe room costs HK$ 6,000 (US$770) while the presidential suite is around HK$100,000 ($12-13,000) per night. The predominant colours of the design of the hotel…

Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester

By : Mark V | 1 Jul 2015 3:23 am | Landmarks, Museums

The Imperial War Museum North is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England and it is sometimes referred to as IWM North. Daniel Libeskind designed the museum that opened in July 2002.In its first year of opening the museum received about 470.000 visitors. Although the museum was appreciated for its architecture-being nominated with different awards and prizes, it has also received its share of critiques because it is not energy efficient. The museum has an interesting…

MTV Networks Headquarters in Berlin

By : Mark V | 27 Jun 2015 1:56 pm | Interiors, Offices

The German creative agency Dan Pearlman was assigned to “shape” the MTV Networks Headquarters in Berlin. The MTV headquarters in Berlin now have a new reception, new meeting and break rooms and redesigned head offices, too. For a very long time the employees wanted a change in the structure and design of the headquarters. This is why Dan Pearlman was hired, to shape up the place. He designed a new atrium that is more spacious than the previous one, it…

The beautiful Ponte della Musica in Rome

By : Mark V | 18 Jun 2015 4:47 am | Bridges, Infrastructure

Ponte della Musica in Rome, Italy has a historical importance because it is the first public footbridge to ever cross the Tiber since Roman times and it was designed by Buro Happold. The bridge is meant to function as an open public space capable of hosting fairs,ex hibitions and festivals and it can very well work as a tram and bus route,too. It was publicly opened in May of this year by the mayor of Rome,Giovanni Alemanno and the bridge…

Modern Villa in Israel by Uri Cohen Architects

By : Mark V | 16 Jun 2015 10:15 pm | Homes

The Uri Cohen Architects designed the villa on a historic heritage monument on the first street in Yessod Hammala, Israel. No harm was done to the site, all history of that area was preserved, making this modern villa even more imposing standing out from the rest of the villas around it. The area, being of such historical importance, is also visited by many tourists, being one of the favorite tourist spots in Israel. The house holds an advantage, since it…

Ferrari Factory Store in Alessandria, Italy

By : Mark V | 15 Jun 2015 3:34 am | Interiors, Stores / Showrooms

The store can be found in Serravalle Scrivia, near McArthur Glen Outlet. The architects from Iosa Ghini Associates designed the place in Alessandria, Italy. This store in particular is a trendsetter when it comes to the history of the Ferrari Stores since it is the first structure to be designed in conformity with the brand. The location of the store is favourable, since this store is the first thing you notice when you come from the access roads or the…

The GT Tower East in Seoul, South Korea

By : Mark V | 13 Jun 2015 2:45 am | Skyscrapers

This spectacular office tower called GT Tower East is located in Seoul, South Korea and it was designed by Dutch architectural firm ArchitectenConsort that is based in Rotterdam. The tower is part of a bigger architectural concept, it will form a whole with the GT Tower West-this tower will be built soon. The design of this tower is very impressive, the glass façade renders the idea of undulating waves and its incredible height and structure change the usual architecture that…

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