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Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal.

Rua Augusta, Lisbon, PortugalThe Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on Commerce Square, built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. It has six columns (some 11 m high) and is adorned with statues of various historical figures. Significant height from the arch crown to the cornice imparts an appearance of heaviness to the structure. The associated space is filled with the coat of arms of Portugal. The allegorical group at the top, made by French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels, represents Glory rewarding Valor and Genius.Originally designed as a bell tower, the building ultimately transformed into elaborate arch within more than century-long delays.

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A-HA – Solace.


Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro.

Parque lage, Rio de Janeiro, BrasilParque Lage (in full “Parque Enrique Lage”) is a public park in the city of Rio De Janeiro, located in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood at the foot of the Corcovado.The land was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriela Bezanzoni. During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté.In the 1960s the land became a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest. The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Visual Arts School of Parque Lage) and a café open to the public operate from the former mansion.The mansion was notably featured in the 2003 music video for Snoop Dogg’s single “Beautiful.”

Ebeltoft, Denmark.

Ebeltoft 1991Ebeltoft is a town on the central east coast of Denmark, located in Syddjurs municipality in Region Midtjylland on the Danish peninsula of Jutland.Ebeltoft is one of the tourist centres of Denmark, due to the natural beauty of the area, its old town center with cobble-stoned streets and centuries-old half-timbered houses, and – not least – many beaches. Also, Ebeltoft is home to one of the world’s first glass museums and to the Fregatten Jylland, the longest wooden warship in the world.In spite of its relatively small size, Ebeltoft is quite lively, especially in the summer season. The population soars in June, July, and August – but all year round, there are many more people staying here than the official number of inhabitants suggests. This is due to the Danish phenomenon of ‘summer houses’ (holiday homes): most are wooden but quite luxurious, and there are several thousand in this area.

A-HA – Dragonfly.


Solar City Tower, Rio de Janeiro.

Solar city tower, Rio de JaneiroThe Solar City Tower is a concept by Zurich based architecture and design studio RAFAA. The design was created for a competition in 2009. The images on this page show an artist’s impression of what the proposed tower might look like if ever constructed. However, the project is just a proposal and the tower may never actually be built.The proposed Solar City Tower, to be built atop the island of Cotonduba, would be the welcome symbol to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It would be seen by Olympic game visitors and Olympic participants as they arrive either by air or by water.The tower captures solar energy. It would supply energy for all of the Olympic city, as well as for part of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It would pump up water from the ocean to create what would look like a waterfall. This waterfall would stimulate powerful turbines that produce electric energy during the night.It would also hold the Olympic flame, lit by the Olympic torch.

Casa del Duque in Comillas, Cantabria.

15Casa del Duque in Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

A-HA – White Canvas.


Pont Alexandre III, Paris.

Pont Alexandre III, Paris, FranceThe Pont Alexandre III is an arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris.The bridge, with its exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end, was built between 1896 and 1900. It is named after Tsar Alexander III, who had concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. The style of the bridge reflects that of the Grand Palais, to which it leads on the right bank.The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering, consisting of a six-metre high single span steel arch. The design, by the architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, was subject to strict controls that prevented the bridge from obscuring the view of the Champs-Élysées or the Invalides.The bridge was built by the engineers Jean Résal and Amédée d’Alby and inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition (as were the nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais).


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