Posted on January 31, 2008 by Admin
The Church – Cathedral of Cordoba Spain, popularly know as the Mosque of Cordoba or the “Mezquita”, stands over a Christian church built in the Visigothic period (5th C).
In 711, after Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, it was used as a Mosque. In 786, Abd al-Rahman I tore down St Vicente church and erected the first section of the Great Mosque in its place, re-using much of the church’s materials. His descendants expanded the building twice towards the river, and the ruler Almanzor made a final enlargement in 988. In 1236, following Cordoba’s fall to Ferdinand of Castile and after over 500 years of use as a mosque, the site was re-consecrated Christian. The Cannons decided to erect a cathedral in the center of the mosque in 1523, tearing down the center to make room. The enclosed choir area now blocks some of the original views, yet the Mosque remains sublime. With the richest areas still untouched and its extensive vistas of columns and double arches, it is the foremost Islamic monument in Spain and a unique example of the inter-play of Christian and Moslem cultures in Spain.
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Posted on January 28, 2008 by Admin
Owner: Mukesh Ambani, chairman, Reliance Industries
Cost to build: $1 billion
Size: 570 feet, 27 floors (including six floors of parking for Ambani’s 168 cars), 48,000 square feet
Features: Ceilings double the height of normal building ceilings; an entertainment floor including a 50-person movie theater; three floors of terrace gardens including an interpretation of the hanging gardens of Babylon; two floors with facilities for health and fitness; a two-floor guest apartment; four floors of living space; three rooftop helipads; one floor for air traffic control.
Filed under: Skyscrapers | Tagged: Antilia Tower, India, Mukesh Ambani, Munbai, Reliance Industries | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 26, 2008 by Admin
Bridges are often considered to belong to the engineer’s realm rather than the architect’s. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment. The Millau Viaduct, designed in collaboration with engineers, illustrates how the architect can play an integral role in bridge design.
Located in southern France, the bridge connect the motorway from Paris to Barcelona at the point where it is interrupted by the River Tarn, which runs through a wide gorge between two plateaus. A reading of the topography suggested two possible approaches: to cross the river, the geological generator of the landscape; or there was the challenge of spanning the 2.5 kilometers from one plateau to the other in the most economical manner.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: France, Giant Structure, Millau Viaduct, World Highest Viaduct | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 23, 2008 by thebuilderadmin
A modern design made by Laila Kolostyák. Bar, walls, seats, tables, ramp with sledge, a map of the Artic, a life-size igloo where you can get in. Everything is made with natural ice from the lakes of Lapland. There is even a screen made of ice and snow where customers can enjoy film projection of the area including scenes of aurora borealis. The light, sound and the images take visitors to the polar world.
Filed under: Restaurants & Bars | Tagged: Artico Ice Bar, Laila Kolostyák, Lapland, Norway | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 23, 2008 by thebuilderadmin
Modern Toilet is a restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan with a modern decor and a full-on toilet theme. All 100 seats in the crowded diner are made from toilet bowls, not chairs. . Sink faucets and gender-coded “WC” signs appear throughout the three-storey facility, one of 12 in an island-wide chain of eateries. Would you like to taste the ice-cream shaped like faeces?
Probably not the best place to bring a child in potty training…
Filed under: Restaurants & Bars | Tagged: Architecture, Art, Creative, Culture and Society, Taiwan, Theme Restaurant | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 21, 2008 by Admin
Dolce & Gabbana have opened a new restaurant with an entirely gold interior, not real gold to be exact. What’s next? Gold Ferrari?
The designers are set to open their first restaurant, Gold, on Via Poerio in Milan. The 202-seat boite, just behind the duo’s Metropol show space, sports a first-floor gourmet restaurant, a ground-floor casual bistro — where smoking is allowed — and a small food shop that carries items from Gold’s traditional Mediterranean menu.
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Posted on January 15, 2008 by Admin
The Umeda Sky Building is the seventh-tallest building in Osaka City, Japan. This 173m (568 feet) building was designed by Hiroshi Hara and was constructed by Takenaka Corporation and was completed in 1993. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. The escalator can make you feel like you are floating up into the sky. It is the cheap way to see Osaka City, less than USD10 to go up the observation area.
Filed under: Giant Structure | Tagged: Escalator, Hiroshi Hara, Japan, Osaka City, Takenaka Corporation, Umeda Sky Building | Leave a comment »