Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fernsehturm Berlin

Fernsehturm/Berlin TV Tower – Television Tower – Central Berlin

The Fernsehturm or the Berlin TV Tower is a television tower in central Berlin, Germany, close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin. The tower had been constructed by the administration of the German Democratic Republic, between 1965 and 1969 and was proposed as a symbol of Berlin which stands till date since it is visible throughout the central as well as some suburban districts of Berlin.

Fernsehturm Berlin design and the construction presented the architects, building engineers and the structural engineers with many challenges. It was inaugurated on October 3, 1969 prior to the 20th anniversary of the GDR. Walter Ulbricht, the State Council Chairman of the GDR at that time considered it as one of the most important symbols demonstrating supremacy of socialist societies and this construction of the Berlin Television Tower portrayed that a bright future was being constructed in the East.

Though the GDR has since been history for a long time, the Berlin Television Tower still prevails and is accepted as a landmark for the whole of Germany. Each year, there are over a million visitors from various countries going up 200 metres to the observational level to take a breath-taking glimpse of the constantly changing city. Fernsehturm  is the tallest structure in Germany with a height of 368 meters.

The Tower – Most Prominent Symbol of Germany

The Fernsehturm tower has become the most prominent symbols of Germany and is often seen in shots of films that are set in Berlin. Occasionally it is also known as Alex Tower, due to its location near Alexandraplatz. Its original height was 365 meters but was increased to 368 meters after the installation of a new antenna in 1990. The tower is the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe after Moscow’s Ostankino Tower, the Kiev TV Tower and the Riga Radio and TV Tower.

The middle of the sphere has a visitor platform which is also called panoramic floor that has a height of 203 meters above the ground and visibility can reach 42 kilometres on a clear day. It also has a revolving restaurant.

The restaurant Telecafe which is designed with an outer ring of revolving tables, serves coffee and snacks with reasonably priced meals, revolves once every 30 minutes and is some meters above the visitor platform at 207 meters. In the interior of the shaft are two lifts which transport visitors up the sphere of the Fernsehturm tower in a span of 40 seconds and is not accessible by wheelchair. It also has a staircase having 986 steps.

2006 FIFA World Cup

The final match had been played in the Berlin Olympic Station to mark the 2006 FIFA World Cup where the sphere had been decorated as a football with magenta coloured pentagons, which reflected the corporate colour of World Cup sponsor and owner of the Fernsehturm, Deutsche Telekom.

Around the base of the Fernsehturm tower lies an exhibition centre together with a restaurant building in a group that comprises of the Neptune fountain which was located on the palace square which had been gifted to the Emperor from the city of Berlin. The waterfalls are the depictions of the four German rivers namely the Elbe, Oder, Rhine and Weichsel.

Enjoying Golf Today

There is something special about the game of golf. In a way, it is an easy game to play. However, it can be very difficult at times when individual wants a golf ball to go a specific direction. Although there are complexities, it is a wonderful sport to do.

Many Tools Available

It is understandable that some people may balk at the prices that are charged by certain companies on the Internet. However, there are plenty of places that offer solid equipment at reasonable prices. At some golf shops, professionals are able to give suggestions and helpful hints as to what clubs would best compliment an individual or couple. Some clubs may work better for an experienced golfer who would like to put additional income towards receiving greater results. People who are beginning may want to invest in clubs that are durable and can be used multiple times. Furthermore, there plenty of golf balls that are available to be purchased. While not all golf balls are created equal, many are at reasonable prices that can fit into the budgets of families, couples and individuals.

Experiencing Places

Whether an individual experiences Chicagoland golf or another location where golf is played, there are plenty of places where young and old can enhance their skills. Driving ranges can help people work on their mechanics and get into good habits as they learn to drive a golf ball in the correct direction. For others, a driving range can be a place to sharpen skills and to ensure that a future golf game will be in wonderful form. The golf course itself can be fun and challenging at the same time. Seasoned golfers may like to hit the links at peak hours in order to get the best experience that is possible. For beginners, coming at slow times can give them freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.

The game of golf has not changed for years. Adults and teenagers are welcome to play whenever it fits their schedules. The result is that they can have a fantastic experience each time.

Monday, July 6, 2015

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit – Tall Sculpture/Observation Tower

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 114.5 metro tall sculpture as well as an observation tower is located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London and is the largest piece of public art in Britain. It was intended to be a lasting legacy of London’s hoisting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games supporting in the post-Olympics renewal of the Stratford region.

Placed in the midst of the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatic Centre, it enables tourists to catch glimpses of the whole Olympic Park from two observation podiums. The Orbit had been designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, Turner-Prize winning artist and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup. It was announced on 31 March 2010 and was expected to be completed by December 2011 and the project came up after Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell decided in 2008 that the Olympic Park required something extra.

Ideas were requested from designers for Olympic tower of at least 100 metres and the Orbit was the agreed choice from nine person advisory panel proposals. The construction of ArcelorMittal Orbit took around 18 months with 560 metres of tube-shapedred steel to create the sculpture’s lattice superstructure.

London’s Most Spectacular Visitor Attractions

The outcome was a bold statement of public art which was both permanent as well as sustainable with around 60% of the 2,000 tonnes of steel utilised in the sculpture drawn from recycled sources which underline the steel’s status as the most recyclable material in the world. Steel was the choice for this project due to its unique properties which included strength, modular structure as well as advantages of weight and speed of construction.

Visitors can now take a trip to the top of the structure via a lift and down too if they prefer though they could also be encouraged to walk down the spiral staircase that has around 455 steps and is designed to allow guest in experiencing the feeling of orbiting around the structure while descending.

Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, Andrew Altman has commented that `the ArcelorMittal Orbit will become one of London’s most spectacular visitor attractions and a stunning backdrop to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It would not only offer differing views by day and night, but will light up the East London skyline to become a beacon of the incredible transformation of this part of East London’.

Predicted Project Cost …. £19.1 million

The project was predicted to cost £19.1 million wherein £16 million came from Britain’s richest man, the Chairman of the ArcelorMittal steel company, Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon while the balance £3.1 million came from the London Development Agency. ArcelorMittal Orbit is the combination of the name of Mittal’s company as chief sponsor, with Orbit, the original working title for the design of Kapoor and Balmond.

Both the designers were of the belief that Orbit represented a radical advance in the field of architecture with the combination of sculpture and structural engineering uniting both stability as well as instability in a labour which visitors could engage with as well as experience through an incorporated spiral walkway. This structure has gained appraisal as well as criticism for its bold design. It has also been disapproved as a vanity project of questionable lasting use or merit as a public project of art.

 After the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the ArcelorMittal Orbit was closed, while the South Plaza area of the Park where the Orbit is positioned, had undergone reconstruction and was re-opened to the public on 5 April 2014.Boris Johnson had commented that the `114.5 metre high attraction to trump rivals the world over is a calling card for investment in East London’.

Orbit – Hybrid, Network of Art & Structure

It is a symbol of prosperity and growth, backed by one of the world’s most astute business leaders, delivering the strongest message that this part of London is open for business after decades of neglect’. Comments from Anish Kapoor states that `he is absolutely delighted that construction is complete and would like to thank the project team for making this possible and for the work on what is technically a very challenging project’.

He is of the belief that when visitors come to the Park during Olympic, they would be able to go up the ArcelorMittal Orbit for the first time and would be delighted that members of the public would be able to interact with the work in this way.Cecil Balmond had commented that, `Anish and he were conscious from the beginning that the ArcelorMittal Orbit would be a lasting legacy to the city and so wanted to stretch the language of the icon as far as it could go.

The Orbit is a hybrid, a network of art and structure and its dynamic is the non-linear. You could read into it multiple narratives in space’.It is presumed that due to visitors, it would generate around £10 million of revenue yearly creating job opportunities after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Canton Tower, China

Canton Tower – TV Astronomical & Sightseeing Tower

Canton Tower was previously known as Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sightseeing Tower. It is also known as Guangzhou Tower, is 600 metre tall and a multipurpose observation tower, located in Haizhu District of Guangzhou, historically known as Canton or Kwangchow, Guangdong, in China. It faces the Haizin Sha Island and Pearl River New city with Guangzhou 21st century CBD District across the river and was completed in 2009.

It began functioning in September 29, 2010 for the Asian Games of 2010. The innovative design of the tower comes from the nickname Xiao Man’s Waist who had a very slender waist and though most of the skyscrapers bear male features, of strong, rectangular, straight and extrovert, the architects desired to build a female tower of complex, curvy, transparent and gracious type.

Their focus was to create a free form tower with a rich and human like personality which would signify Guangzhou as an exciting and dynamic city. The outcome is that, the tower is slender and tall bearing similarities of the figure of a female where the narrow part of the tower considered as the waist is the 66th floor, having a diameter of 30 meters.

3rd Tallest & 5th Tallest Freestanding Structure

The tower temporarily held the title of the tallest tower in the world, substituting the CN Tower prior to being surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree and was the tallest structure in China earlier to the topping of Shanghai Tower on August 3, 2013. Presently it is the third tallest tower as well as the fifth tallest freestanding structure in the world.

The Canton Tower had been designed by Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit, Dutch architects, of Information Based Architecture along with Arup the international design, engineering as well as business consulting firm which is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Toward 2004, Arup and Information Based Architecture won the international competition wherein several internationally huge architectural offices made their contribution in it. The same year, Arup and the IBA team developed the concept design of the tower in Amsterdam. Later on during the progress, IBA collaborated mostly with Arup’s local Chinese office and a Local Design -Institute. Towards 2005, consequently Canton Tower’s ground-breaking began.

Lit by LEDs at Night 

Though the tower was not totally completely, ithad been opened on October 1, 2010, to the public for the 16th Asian Games that was hosted by Guangzhou in November 2010 and the rooftop observatory received it official opening, finally in December 2011.

The tower is lit by LEDs at night, portraying a delightful Rainbow Brite- approved glow which for a brief period of time from 2009 to 2010 was the tallest tower in the world that was when the Tokyo Skytree came on the scene. Canton Tower, a functional TV tower, has massive indoor as well as outdoor observation spaces with two rotating restaurants and is known for its attraction in which 16 tiny cars tend to travel along an oval track that is positioned around the ledge of the tower’s top deck where one can feel the structure sway in the wind and has been referred as the `World’s Highest Ferris Wheel’. It is one of the most amazing attractions which many would not want to miss it during their lifetime.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos – Rich History & Landscape 

The history of Los Cabos is very rich as the description of its landscape. Being one of the oldest sections of the southern Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos transforms into `The Capes’, bringing about a lasting history to this area of the world. Los Cabos is situated at the southern area of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the state of Baja California Sur and covers the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, which is the municipal seat together with the Resort Corridor that is situated between these two towns.

Till the latter of the 20th century, this was a rural and a remote area and only when the Mexican government started developing Cabo San Lucas for the tourists, did it then spread east to the municipal seat. Its main attraction is the climate as well as geography where the desert meets the sea, together with sport fishing, golf and resorts. Tourism is the main economic activity with around two million tourists visiting this amazing destination each year. With almost 360 days of good sunshine every year, together with various activities to choose from,this destination can entice the tourist with its matchless natural beauty with a great holiday experience.

Ultimate Seaside Escape in Mexico

One could indulge in surfing, snorkelling, kayaking or diving at some of the various appealing locations and have an awesome stay at this awesome destination. To get closer to nature, one could try the ATV ride through the mountainous terrain and learn about the flora and fauna or hop into a Hummer H2 for another amazing ride or even zoom along a Chenowith race for more exceptional adventure.

Whatever activities the tourist may indulge in, one will have an amazing experience at this destination which is full of natural beauty and a time for a great vacation.Los Cabon is the ultimate seaside escape in Mexico with endless summer at the tip of the Baja Peninsula where tourists could come here for all year round, water sports and outdoor activities. Its sister towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo tends to offer various experiences ranging from all night bar crawls to Thursday night Art Walks. In the midst of them, the Corridor offers all-inclusive resorts providing everything for a family vacation or a perfect honeymoon.

Los Cabos – Two Cities – Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo

Los Cabos with the two cities, cosmopolitan Cabo San Lucas has the well-known rock formation called the `El Arco’, where the Sea of Cortex meets the Pacific Ocean, while the colonial style San Jose del Cabo, which is the Tourist Corridor is a 20-mile stretch of dazzling beaches together with luxurious resorts connecting them with the rustic East Cape, which is the home of the world famous Cabo Pulmo.

It provides an adventure of various water sports activities, tranquillity, delicious food, together with world-class sport-fishing and unparalleled nightlife and visitors could have an awesome time at this destination. With all these amazing activities together with the climate and the geography, Los Cabos has now become Mexico’s outstanding vacation spot, besides being a leader in the global resort section as well as a popular port of call for cruise liners.