TGIF! [Thank God is Friday!] As you all may have noticed on our last post we posted a picture in which you may see specifically where the “Grand Teton National Park” is. So we decided to start posting pictures like this in all our new posts for all you to know where all the amazing places we are talking about are!!

On today’s post we want to talk about an amazing piece of sustainable architecture that is located in Livorno; Italy. This building was designed by UNA2, Andrea Michelini and Laura Ceccarelli.

The main idea of this project was to create a sustainable building able to adapt to the environment, and instead of stealing energy, it  is capable to provide beauty and harmony.

The project design is only one floor which has a large entrance plaza surrounded by greenery areas; it features one underground access which leads directly to the train, in the interior of the building; you may also find a library, cafeteria, playroom, and multi-purpose area.

The design uses innovative technologies in order to improve the energy performance of the building. The choices made include high performance envelope components, natural ventilation systems, underground conducts for preheating the ventilation air in winter and cooling in summer, it also has a photovoltaic system, solar thermal collectors that uses water for the production of domestic hot water, a monitoring and control system to control the plant systems and the building systems.

The exploitation of natural light contributes to energy saving through the use of a lighting system equipped to automatically control the light intensity depending on the intake of light.

Hope you liked this incredible place! Enjoy your weekend!!

P.S. Don’t forget to stay tuned for our next post!

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http://www.archdaily.com/607651/le-creste-cultural-centre-area-progetti-una2-andrea-michelini-laura-ceccarelli/

http://www.floornature.com/architecture-news/news-area-progetti-and-una2-le-creste-cultural-centre-rosignano-marittimo-10431/

“Le Creste” Cultural Centre

Happy Wendsday!! How was your Spring Break??? Ours was really relaxing and full of celebration specially becuase Jesus has risen!!

Today’s post is about the “Grand Teton National Park” which is located in the USA in Wyoming.

This majestic place is formed  by large mountains in peak forms,  and on the slopes there are extensive plains covered with sage and you can also find glacial lakes at its base, creating a world-famous landscape that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

In this wonderful place people can do many activities; in summer people are usually hiking, walking, wildlife watching, shooting, camping, backpacking, climbing, fishing, swimming or taking boat rides, fast canoes and bicycles. In the winter skiing and snowshoeing tours are popular activities.

This place is a unique option to fill you with energy and to enjoy nature while enjoying its beauty.

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http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/wyoming/grand-teton-national-park

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/grand-teton-national-park/

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“Whitney Museum”

Hello my  friends, how’s your week going so far??

Today we want to share with all of you a very beautiful project that is under construction in the unique city of New York, the new “Whitney Museum” designed by the italian architect Renzo Piano.

This new version of the museum was designed acording to the needs of the museum. Renzo Piano made a solid structure to adapt the building to the neighborhood which is industrial.

According to Mr. Piano, “The design for the new museum emerges equally from a close study of Whitney’s needs and from a response to this remarkable site. We wanted to draw on its vitality and at the same time enhance its rich character”.

This project has the largest exhibition area than any other American art museum and it also has indoor and outdoor exhibition areas.

The ground floor has a spacious lobby, cafeteria and restaurants, on the second and third floor you can find exhibition areas, terraces, classrooms and a  theatre.

The upper stories of the building overlook the Hudson River on its West and step back gracefully from the elevated High Line Park to its East. The idea of this museum is to be more than a ordinary museum, it’s more like creating a place of recreation and learning of art.

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http://whitney.org/About/NewBuilding

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The New Whitney Museum

Happy half week!! We know we promised that we would be posting at least once a week and we also know its been almost a month since our last post; but these few days have been a little bit complicated because of work; but ….WE ARE BACK!!

On today´s post  we would like to show you a piece of paradise, the incredible hotel created over the sea; “Six Senses Laamu Resort”.

This wonderful place is located in the Maldives Islands in one of the little islands named Lamuu Atol in which the only way to arrive there is by a short boat ride,  which makes this adventure even more cooler because sometimes you can see dolphins swimming on the sides of the boat.

The “Six Senses Resort”, is built with sustainable materials, for example the structure is made of palm wood, combined with other woods that give form to the hotel.

The hotel consists of cottages that are connected by bridges over the sea, and there are big platforms where the lobby, kitchen, bar, restaurants, spa, and other amenities are located.

Having the chance to stay at this hotel will be one of the most exciting memories a person could ever live; just by looking at all the wonders God has created and the oportunity to experience living over the sea for a few days could make your mind blow up!! Stay tune!

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Memories of a trip by Aimée

Hello my dear friends!! for today´s post we prepared something special! We have the pleasure to know a great photographer and blogger Aimée Pesado; who recently shared with us some beautiful photographs that she took on her recent trip to the Caribbean.

Her trip began in San Juan; Puerto Rico on a cruise named Jewel of the Seas. The Schedule the ship had was to navigate by night and to stop by day on a different island.

Some places that Aimee visited were: Saint Martin, Barbados, Antigua, Barbuda, etc. Her idea for the pictures was to express the personality of each place and represent how special it is on the face of this earth we live in.

Aimée Pesado, is a talented photographer, and she is also an incredible blogger, you can learned more about her and her incredible work on photography and fashion on her blog.http://fromstreetwithlove.me/; so check it out and don´t forget to tune in on our next post!

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The Zentrum Paul Klee Museum

A new year means a new beginning,  new adventures, new goals and one of our goals this year is to become more organized with our uploading schedule. So we decided to upload a new post once a week specially on Thursdays!! So be tuned to see more about our contents!

On today’s post we will talk about an amazing museum; the Zentrum Paul Klee Museum. This is a beautiful project located in Bern Switzerland, created by Renzo Piano; an italian architect. The building was created in homage to the great painter Paul Klee; one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The museum is located near Schöngrüng, northeast of Bern. In the middle of a meadow of green tranquility this museum looks like if it was implanted in the ground. There is a forest in the background and the Alps on the merits, in which the building tries to blend into.

The design of the museum is based on curves emerging from the ground forming an arch and arriving to the floor again, and the intention is to adapt the project to the surrounding environment.

The structure is made of steel girders, and the facades are made of glass, combining these materials in the exterior with grass and a diversity of vegetation; the principal materials used in the interior are combined with oak on the floor.

We think that good architecture is one that really adapts to the enviroment and Zentrum Paul Klee Museum achieves it!

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http://www.zpk.org

http://www.rpbw.com/project/53/zentrumpaulklee/

http://www.museen-bern.ch/en/museen/zpk/

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Sleuk Rith Institute {Virtual Architecture}

Happy New Year!!!! We hope 2015 would be a year full of success for all of you!!

In this post we want to share a virtual project, called “Sleuk Rith Institute” this is an incredible project from the amazing architect Zaha Hadid.

This place was created for the purpose to support an integrated community of local, regional and international professionals in a highly innovative facility combining a Museum of History, a Research and National Policy Development Center, and Academy of Genocide, Conflict and Human Rights Studies.

The design embraces the timeless humanitarian values and rich culture of Cambodia while transitioning away from traditional genocide and memorial architecture.

Here is the virtual tour, enjoy it!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuJCvdsLoa0

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http://www.cambodiasri.org/

 

 

Ayer’s Rock – Uluru; The Red Rock!

TGIF! [Thank God is Friday!] Hope you´re enjoying this Christmas Season as well as we are!!

For today’s post, we want to share an incredible place that we consider a beautiful piece of natural architecture, the Ayer’s Rock; also known as Uluru.

This incredible place is composed by a sandstone rock formation; it is located in Australia only248mi southeast of Alice Springs; it is considered one of the bigest monoliths in the entire world. It’s dimensions are1141ft high and5mi outline, and something amazing is that this mountain has1mi of depth, that means this mountan is bigger underground than it is on the surface!

William Gosse was the first Westerner explorer to reach the Uluru in 1873. After reaching its peak with his guide, Jamran [who’s Afghan], he renamed it Ayer’s Rock in honor of the Prime Minister of South Australia at that time.

The surface color changes depending on the hour or season; but the color of this place is most known as a brilliant red.

People can think that this is only a piece of rock on earth but when you see the majestic of this place you can feel inspiration.

As a curious fact; in 2014 Prince William and his wife; Kate Middleton recreated Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s moment at Ayer’s Rock in 1983.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uluru

http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/

http://www.uluru.com/

http://uluru-australia.com/about-uluru/uluru-facts/

Architecture & Nature Wonder!!! [The Crystal Balcony]

Long time no seen; I know it´s been a while since we haven´t posted anything in our blog; but we promise this time we won´t stop!!!

In this post we are excited to talk about the most incredible balcony in the world, it´s the Crystal Balcony located in Jasper National Park in Alberta; Canada.

This place is known for its rocky mountains and fantastic glaciers. The trip starts in the Sunwapta Valley which has 6 stations to board which gives you the opportunities to explore the geological, biological, hydrological ecosystem; also you may learn about the anthropology and the history of this unique place.

The final stop is the Crystal Balcony which is 918ft high and its longitude of 98ft. Here, many visitors have the best view of the famous Athabasca Glacier!! Also people may see different glaciers with their rugged peaks, many waterfalls and the wildlife surrounding it.

The idea of this project is that people may have the opportunity to interact with the entire environment and to make them feel a part of this majestic place; this is possible because of the 360º view you may have in every part of the balcony.

The design is incredible because the structure was created with only steel combined with glass.

This amazing project won an award from the World Architecture Festival; its cost was $21 million dollars; it was worth all that was spent!

We think this is an incredible example that architecture and nature can be combined and together have the capacity to bring us these majestic places.

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http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/index.aspx

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/index.aspx

http://www.jasper.travel/discover-jasper/jasper-national-park