The Tower of Pisa is the bell tower of the Cathedral. Its construction began in the august of 1173 and continued for about two hundred years, in full fidelity to the original project, whose architect is still uncertain.In the past it was widely believed that the inclination of the Tower was part of the project ever since its beginning, but now we know that it is not so. The Tower was designed to be "vertical", and started to incline during its construction. La Torre di Pisa
Ski Dubai has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Test your skills on the world’s first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world.
One Central Otago label is not only winning international awards for its wine, it is winning them for its winery.
Wellington firm Architecture Workshop has been named one of five winners in the prestigious London-based ar+d emerging architecture awards for its design for the Peregrine Winery in Gibbston Valley, Queenstown.
Foster and Partners’ Moscow City Tower - taller than any other building in Europe - is a striking new addition to the dynamic high-rise skyline of Moscow City. With its unique form, this new landmark will be visible from the heart of Moscow. The building continues the practice’s investigation into the nature of the tower, taking structural, functional, environmental and urban logic to a new dimension. The mixed-use project - incorporating apartments, hotel, office and leisure space - will have an ‘energy cycle’ that will pioneer sustainable architecture and reinforce the economic and social vitality of Moscow City.
"Toyo Ito’s design for the facades of the new Ginza 2 flagship store of Mikimoto, the inventor of cultivated pearls, is the latest in a series of successful collaborations between luxury goods retailers and star architects in Tokyo."
Malaparte, the man and the house. Often called the most beautiful house in the world, Casa Malaparte in Capri, Italy, is dramatically sited on a promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It was home to Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957), the Italian writer who designed the building.
The Palm debvelopment Dubai, unlike anything you've ever seen. Reclaimed from the seabed this is the first of 3 PALM islands and a WORLD island.
The Palm, Jebel Ali will add a new twist to the Palm concept - Waterhomes built on stilts forming a 12km chain between the Fronds and the Crescent and spelling out a verse from an Arabic poem written by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defense Minister.
See PALM website. Especially check out their Interactive map for a complete overview of the development.
This is mind blowing, apparently the first Palm sold out in three days with buyers such as David Beckham.
Begun in 1987 to mark the occasion of the world youth games, and to this day unfinished (apparently for financial reasons), the Ryugyong Hotel is a pyramid 330 metres high (9th tallest bldg in world), 105 floors, 3000 rooms, $750 million (which is about 2% of North Korea's GDP).
It has a Y-shaped base and stands on a hill at the centre of Pyongyang. When operative, the building was to house the 105 floors of an international hotel, a rounded slab of services on the ground floor, and three sloping elevators along the pyramid’s oblique lateral walls, plus a series of rings to contain revolving restaurants at the apex.
Interesting fact: A rusty construction crane remains at the very top of the building and has remained there since 1992, permanently gracing the PyongYang skyline. Can you see it?
At 328 metres Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breath-taking views for more than 80 kilometres in every direction. Since its construction in 1996 it has become the best known Auckland landmark.