César Manrique, 1919-1992

Being born in the Canary Islands myself, I grew up surrounded by Manrique’s influence. It is everywhere; buildings, gardens and swimming pools. There is a before and after Manrique. He fought very hard against the massive and uncontrolled building-mania during the 60s and 70s in Spain. Particularly in Lanzarote where he was from. Nowadays the…

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Bosco Verticale

The concept behind this building, Bosco Verticale, is pretty impressive; the architects describe it as “metropolitan reforestation”. The idea seems very simple but there is a lot of research involved. Not only they will build a building-static structure but a whole new environment. If the concept extended to many other European cities, we would be…

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (same team responsible for Beijing National Stadium). Open 1 June-14 October. This year’s Pavilion is full of symbolism as it shows the hidden history of previous Pavilions. The site has been used throughout many years for building temporary structures that have left…

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Golden Rock Inn – Nevis Island

An idilic Caribbean island, a hidden hotel and the lush of tropical plants around you. Definitely on my wish list.

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The High Line – NYC

This structure was built in the 30s as part of a project called the West Side Improvement. The idea was removing trains from ground level, making this part of Manhattan a safer place. The trains stopped running in 1980. Instead of demolishing the structure it was preserved and transformed into a public park with the…

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