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Cittadella Bridge by Richard Meier & Partners Architects | Bridges

Richard Meier & Partners has completed its first pedestrian and vehicular bridge. With a surface area of approximately 4,150 meters and a length of 185 meters, the new Cittadella Bridge is a precast-concrete and painted-steel modern structure designed to connect the city of Alessandria, Italy with the 18th-century citadel across the Tanaro River in northwestern Italy. During the flooding of Alessandria in 1994, not only did the water level reach the roadway, but also the piers of the Napoleonic Cittadella Bridge caught much of the debris in the river, effectively acting as a dam. The new design, a single span raised above the flood plain, not only solves that problem, but also reconnects the fabric of the modern city with the Cittadella, an 18th century fort and tentative UNESCO Richard Meier comments: “More than 20 years after the initial commission to design a new bridge between the city of Alessandria and the old citadel, I am extremely pleased to have completed this new modern l… continue

Monasterio en Wudang

Los montes de Wudang se encuentran en el noroeste de la provincia de Hubei. En su cumbre, Tianzhu (el pilar del cielo) es la más destacable de todos los picos que la rodean, unos 72 en total. En este lugar tan singular se encuentra un conjunto de construcciones, que conforman un monasterio y un poblado. El monasterio, de confesión taoísta, es un lugar de peregrinación no sólo religioso, sino de tipo espiritual, ya que aquí se encuentra el origen de muchos de los artes marciales chinos y el origen de muchas prácticas medicinales chinas. EL lugar fue declarado patrimonio de la humanidad por la UNESCO en 1994.

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PEARL PATH . Muharraq OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen The design for the Bahrain Pearl Path comrpises of a route of 18 public squares and a bridge, of which two have been completed. The small-scale public squares, dotted along the Unesco world heritage ‘Pearling Trail’, are finished and furnished in polished concrete and cooled … Continue reading OFFICE

Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre by Mailitis Architects | Theatres

The Songshan Mountain known as spiritual "Centre of Heaven and Earth" features a significant Buddhist presence. It is home to the Shaolin Monastery, traditionally considered to be the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and Kung-Fu martial arts. Being rich in its extensive history and significant in its cultural impact on the world the place was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Standing on the top of the Cypress Hill, the Shaolin Flying Monks Theatre's architectural and conceptual image pays respect to the beauty of surrounding nature and the historical heritage of the site. Developed in the shape of two symbols – mountain and tree – it serves as a platform for any kind of scenic arts focusing especially on flying performances. The building method combines modern and ancient technologies – laser-cut steel superstructure supports stone steps handcrafted using local quarry resources. The building has four basic functional zones: exterior surface, the stage, interior area and engine… continue

Puente transbordador de Vizcaya

El puente transbordador de Vizcaya o Bizkaiko Zubia fue construido entre 1887 y 1893, conectando los dos márgenes de la ría de Bilbao. Se trata del primer puente de esta tipología en el mundo, siendo inaugurado en 1893.
El diseño y la construcción corrió a cargo del ingeniero francés Ferdinand Arnodin, experto en la fabricación de cables así como en la construcción de puentes colgantes. La construcción del puente se realizó en un periodo corto entre 1890 y 1893, y presenta similitudes con el puente Rochefort.

La longitud del puente es de 160m con una altura de 61m. El puente, aún en funcionamiento, únicamente fue en parte desmantelado durante la guerra civil, ya que en 1937 el ejército republicano recibió la orden de cortar los pasos de la ría de Bilbao. Así, los ingenieros del ejército republicano, derribaron el travesaño intermedio, que sería reconstruido en 1941 por José Juan Aracil, actualizando el diseño de la viga, así como del sistema de atirantamiento. El puente ha sido pintado en numerosas ocasiones, desde negro a gris humo, absorbiendo más radiación térmica de lo normal y deteriorando algunas de las uniones.
El puente consta de cinco barquillas y sigue en funcionamiento gracias a la sociedad del Transbordador de Bizkaia SL. Fue declarado patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO en 2006.

Rothschild Tower by Richard Meier & Partners Architects | Apartment blocks

Richard Meier & Partners has completed its first international residential tower and its first project in Israel. The new Rothschild Tower is inspired by the scale and Bauhaus design principles of its neighbors in Tel Aviv’s White City. The building’s image of lightness and transparency is the result of a double layer façade comprised of clear glass with a delicate white louver screen inspired by traditional Middle Eastern clothing and prominent corner balconies derived from the low to mid-rise neighboring buildings. A large “urban window” frames the western views to the sea from the Penthouse terraces. The new residential tower is anchored to Rothschild Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv’s White City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The neighborhood is filled with thousands of Bauhaus buildings designed by German Jewish architects who began immigrating to Israel before WWII. The city holds the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings, 4,000 in total, dating mostly from 1931… continue

Le Corbusier's National Museum of Western Art is his only building in the Far East

World heritage Corb: one of French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier's lesser-known buildings among the 17 recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage List is a concrete museum in Tokyo, which holds a collection dedicated to western thought and art. (more…)

World Book Day

Today is World Book Day, or what is officially known as World Book and Copyright Day, started in 1995 by UNESCO. Although there doesn't appear too much in the way of celebrating this day – unlike, understandably so, yesterday's Earth Day – I figured I'd share a photo of the books I've been reading this weekend, all related to New York City; specifically, they are focused on the areas of my architectural walking tours this season: the High Line, Columbia University, and 57th Street.