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  • 11/12/13--07:50: Spain and Architecture
  • Spanish Architecture

    Spain is a beautiful place, which you will want to visit and see its architecture. This country is considered as having a serious number of visionary architects. In the modernist era, the architectural expansion has started with the creation of the European Union, which facilitates the investment of large amounts of money in development projects, thus creating a developing market for the young architects to improve their qualities. Spanish architecture cannot be defined by a certain style, instead we can say that the architecture in Spain can be defined by quality and beauty, the traditional one for sure and, lately, the modern architecture. Here you will see some buildings in Spain of various types, which are part of the modern architectural trend that defines Spain.

    Spanish Architecture

    Maybe Spain has never been known for its modern architecture, but this situation has changed radically over the past twenty years. Cities like Valencia and Bilbao have placed themselves at the forefront of modern architecture in Europe thanks to innovative projects that dazzle the visitor.

    City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia)

    Microwave Use This huge cultural and entertainment complex, devised by the wonderful Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and inspired by Futuroscope Park in Potiers (France), has become a real tourist attraction in Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences is composed of seven impressive buildings spread over more than 350,000 sq. m. From the architectural point of view, the most emblematic buildings are the Palace of Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia Opera House), the Science Museum Principe Felipe (wonderful Museum dedicated to technology and science) and L´Hemisferic (IMAX Theater).

    Four Towers Business Area (Madrid)

    Microwave Use In the last twenty years, Madrid has gained progressively economic importance to the point that the city has become one of the largest business centers in Europe. The best example of this development is the construction of this modern business complex, which was inaugurated in 2009. Cuatro Torres Business Area is comprised of four wonderful skyscrapers that have dramatically changed the skyline of Madrid: Crystal Tower, Architect: Cesar Pelli / 249 meters. PwC Tower Architects: Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Alvarez-Sala Walter / 236 meters. Space Tower Architect: Henry N. Cobb / 230 meters. Torre Caja Madrid Architect: Norman Foster / 250 meters. This great building is the third highest in the European Union, only surpassed by the Shard London Bridge (London) and Messeturm (Frankfurt).

    Torre Agbar (Barcelona)

    Microwave Use This wonderful intelligent building was inaugurated in 2005 by the King of Spain as a symbol of the twenty-first century. When the sun goes down in Barcelona, Agbar Tower illuminates the city with more than 4,500 luminous devices that can operate independently using LED technology and enable the generation of images on the outside of the tower. Agbar Tower (145 meters) was built using cement, steel and glass by French architect Jean Nouvel, who studied architecture and design at the School of Fine Arts in Paris.

    Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)

    Microwave Use The construction of Guggenheim Museum marked a turning point in modern architecture in Spain. This Museum, built over an old pier at the Port of Bilbao, allowed the city to enter the twenty-first century and attracted international attention. Its architect, Frank O. Gehry, created a universe of straight lines, curves, titanium plates and stone spectacular. The construction of the building was so extremely complicated that Frank O. Gehry needed to make use of sophisticated software, which is commonly used in the aerospace industry.

    Grand Hotel Bali (Benidorm)

    Microwave Use This building (inaugurated in 2002) is home to the Europe’s tallest hotel, the wonderful Gran Hotel Bali (186 meters). In addition, the building is considered as one of the most modern hotels in the world: practically an innovative automated computer system designed to improve the customer experience controls of the whole building. As one can imagine, the views of the Mediterranean Sea from the hotel rooms are incredible.

    Caixa Forum Madrid

    Microwave Use In 2008 the old Mediodia Power Station was restored by Caixa Foundation to house an interesting multidisciplinary museum. The prestigious architectural firm Herzog and de Meuron maximized the space, creating multiple showrooms where fantastic temporary exhibitions take place. At the Museum entrance, visitors can admire the first vertical garden in Spain, which is composed of 15000 plants and more than 250 different species.

    Bilbao Undergound

    Microwave Use The Bilbao underground, inaugurated in 1995, serves Bilbao and its metropolitan area, popularly known as the “Greater Bilbao” (one million inhabitants). The metro system in Bilbao, the fourth largest in Spain, has more than 43km of track and 40 stations. From the architectural point of view, the underground stations, designed by Norman Foster, are jewels of modern art and have become an icon of the city.

    Marques de Riscal Winery Building

    Microwave Use Marques de Riscal Winery, one of the oldest in La Rioja, has been the real promoter of this wonderful project. The complex was designed by Frank O. Gehry and his team of architects, who designed the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao several years before. The ambitious project aims to convert this building into the City of Wine, which includes a Wine Research Center, Oenology Courses, Wine Therapy Treatments, Wine Museum and a fantastic Hotel.

    Madrid-Barajas Airport (Terminal 4)

    Microwave Use The opening of Terminal 4 in 2006 was a giant step for the development of Madrid as major tourist and business destination. The figures of the new Terminal are amazing: 760.000 sq. m, capacity of 50 million passengers a year, two huge buildings separated by 5 km and connected through an underground train without driver, 1 metro line, commuter trains and more than 90 kilometers of conveyor belts. The architect of the Terminal 4 (Richard Rogers), who won the prestigious Stirling Prize thanks to this project, said he was inspired by the wonderful Mosque of Cordoba to design this modern building.

    Hotel W Barcelona

    Microwave Use This avant-garde building, designed by Ricardo Bofill, housed a luxurious hotel managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The Hotel has 473 rooms, restaurants, bars, fitness center and spa and is designed with every comfort one can imagine. The whole project was budgeted at 280 million euros. The architect was inspired by the sailboats to design this amazing building, which is a reminder of the nautical history of the city.

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    Many apartment owners dream about having a beautiful balcony full of colorful blooming flowers. Balconies where you can see beautiful flowers and plants always arouse interest and sometimes even jealousy. But why just be jealous when you can grow the same flowers on your balcony?

    How To Choose Flowers For Small Apartment Balconies

    balcony decorating flowers Balcony designing is interesting not only for home designers, but also for gardeners. What can be better than coming back home after work and enjoying a cup of tea on your balcony drowning in blooming and smelling flowers? In order to choose the flowers that can be planted on the balcony it is important to determine the direction of light. For balconies that get a lot of sunlight and face south choose different plants than for those balconies that are in shadow. Without any fear try planting any kind of garden flowers, they are less whimsical and the sun wouldn’t dry them out on a hot day. However, some potted plants are suitable for balconies too, one of my favorites - Geranium (pelargonium). Begonias are also suitable for balconies. Its leaves usually have bright beautiful color, that’s why begonias that are not blooming still look decorative and colorful. For the balconies facing south side, choose something like nasturtium, verbena, or cloves. If you want to plant vines then you should get curly beans or sweet peas. Stretch some thread or wire around vines so the plants could curl around them. On the balconies facing north and west side you can plant scented tobacco, tradescantia, ivy, cleave, myrtle, fuchsia, aralia, or tuberous begonia. Balconies facing east get the sunlight only in the morning. Choose balsams, sweet tobacco, marigold, or begonia tuber for those balconies. Your flowers can be planted in both pots and horizontal boxes. For abundant flowering, plants should be fed complex mineral fertilizers. And do not forget to immediately remove faded blossoms - then the bloom will last longer and be more plentiful.

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    Growing-Tomatoes2

    Tomato, the delicious red fruit that can be used in many various recipes of course demands some extra attention from the gardeners because it can be quite problematic in growing. Tomatoes are not always red, they can be yellow, green and even purple, as there are over 7500 different species. Since the tomatoes are quite delicate in growing, we are going to share some simple tips on growing healthy tomatoes.

    Basics Of Growing Tomatoes

    Tomatoes Delicious Red Tomatoes

    Location Matters

    It is important to select the location where the tomatoes will receive the most sun exposure with a good drainage of the soil. The soil should be rather loose, because heavy clay soil can cause tomatoes to wilt and be sick. You should also be aware that the soil can accommodate the bacteria that cause tomatoes’ disease, so it is a good idea to replant the tomatoes in various places of the garden. If that is not possible, container gardening can become a best option for that. Choose the containers accordingly to their mature size, as some tomato varieties can grow up to 6 feet.

    Choosing Varieties

    It is essential to choose the tomato variety that are well adapted to the climate where you are going to grow them. If you live in area with humid and hot conditions it is best to choose the ‘Solar Set’ variety, as it is created specifically for this. If you live in an area with short-seasons you should opt for a ‘Northern Delight’ variety. It is best to seek advice from the experts, such as county extension agent to choose the best tomato type. It is also important to plant the varieties that are disease-resistant.

    Tomato Care

    It is important to attend to tomatoes as they are quite delicate. Water them sufficiently during the hot seasons. It is important to spread some mulch over the area where tomatoes grow, as this helps to retain the moisture in the soil. Mulch also helps to prevent the soil-borne diseases. Use some support for the tomato plants, as the fruit should be off the ground. The support can be a simple wooden stake that can be inserted near the base of the plant. The leaves will find their way up to the stake themselves, but it is best to use a wire or a cloth to secure it.

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