Monday, February 28, 2011

Sky Bridge Petronas – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sky Bridge Petronas Kuala Lumpur

Sky Bridge Petronas Kuala Lumpur

Sky Bridge Petronas Kuala Lumpur

Patronas Tower Malaysia Twin Tower


The beautiful Patronas Tower, also known as the Twin Tower stand proudly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These towers were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. The towers have the most amazing and unique bridge in the world, connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. This is the highest 2-story bridge in the world.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge – New York, USA Brooklyn Bridge of New York USA

Brooklyn Bridge of New York USA

Brooklyn Bridge of New York USA

Brooklyn Bridge of New York USA at night


The bridge was originally known as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge. Being one of the oldest bridges in United States, it was completed in 1883. It links the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Wind and Rain Bridge – Chengyang, China The Wind and Rain Bridge of Chengyang China

The Wind and Rain Bridge of Chengyang China

The Wind and Rain Bridge of Chengyang China

This unique and beautiful bridge is in Guangxi province of China, built by people from different ethnic groups including Miao, Zhuang, Dong and Yao. The Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge is also known as Yongji Bridge or Panlong Bridge. It’s built on the Linxi River. The bridge was built in 1916. The bridge is constructed with wood and stones. It is 64.4 meters (73.43 yards) long, 3.4 metes (3.72 yards) wide and 10.6 meters (34.78 feet) high.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA

Construction on the Walt Disney Concert Hall began in 1992, after a $50 million donation from Walt’s widow, Lillian Disney. Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry delivered the designs a year earlier but some of his initial plans were changed to improve acoustics. The building’s exterior of stainless steel, mirror-like panels had to be sanded to reduce sunlight beaming into adjacent apartments. If you love Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Bilbao, you’ll fall for Disney Hall in turn.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada

Designed by French architect Roger Taillibert and built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, Montreal’s much-maligned and costly Olympic Stadium is the perpetual brunt of jokes and indeed, clandestine affection. Alternatively known as the “Big O” or “Big Owe”, due to the exorbitant price-tag, the stadium was not completed in time for the Olympic Games and had to be used without a tower or roof. The retractable roof arrived from Paris in 1981 and stood unused because of insufficient funds but more likely, municipal corruption. Even after it was installed, the roof ripped and needed expensive repairs. For these and many other misfortunes, the Olympic Stadium is Montreal’s most notorious skylime attraction. Still, the Big O is the largest stadium in Canada by seating capacity and at 175 m, the distinctive, inclined tower is the highest in the world. For a great view of the city, ride up to the observation deck.

Friday, February 4, 2011

National Stadium, Beijing, China

Designed for the 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, Beijing National Stadium is considered to be the world’s largest enclosed space, with a volume of three million cubic metres. The design created by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron inspired by Chinese art and culture is more commonly known as “Bird’s Nest Stadium” due to the web of steel beams that compose the roof. The 91,000-seat stadium weighs 42,000 tons and measuring 294 m from east to west and 333 m from north to south. Beijing National Stadium will host the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2015.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia

This civic centre in the heart of Melbourne, Victoria was built as a focal point for the city, to mask the unattractive railway lines that ran through the city centre. The railway had to be covered with 3,000 tons of steel beams and 4,000 spring coils to absorb vibrations. The unusual design of the square makes copious use of sandstone, zinc and glass. Taking 8 years to design and build, Federation Square hosts several shops, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as the Ian Potter Centre, the first major museum dedicated exclusively to Australian art.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain

Built in 1877 and restored by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol, the Casa Batlló is a perpetual Barcelona highlight and part of the Gaudí UNESCO World Heritage Site. Referred to by locals in Catalan as Casa dels ossos (House of Bones), the building’s exterior indeed has a remarkable skeletal appearance. The façade is made from broken ceramic tiles in hues of orange, green and blue. In his design, Gaudí was inspired by the shapes and colours found in marine life.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Palais Idéal, Hauterives, France

The Palais Idéal or the Ideal Palace is a testament to how far you can get if you doggedly pursue a dream. The castle was built by Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman who dedicated 33 years of his life inspired by a stone he tripped over on his rounds. He stopped to examine this rock and found it so bizarre that he decided to take it home with him and returned the next day to gather more rocks. After noticing the amazing way time had shaped the rocks, Cheval decided to become an architect and built his castle from little rocks and pebbles. This fine example of “naïve art” architecture with influences from the Bible and Hindu mythology is now open to the public.