Architecture insights by Jacobo Gordon

The Callao theaters have always been one of my favorite spots in Madrid not only to assist them where not only watch a movie if you’re in a theater where the film is enhanced , the seats are old, smell history.

But also because I had a meeting with my friends when I was younger .

According to Wikipedia, the Callao Cinema is a building located in Madrid’s Plaza de Callao , first designed by architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto you build in the year 1926.1 It is next to the building Carrion separated therefrom by Jacometrezo Street . The building opened as a cinema on 11 December 1926emitiendo film : Luis Candelas , the Madrid bandit .

The building has a certain taste trends neobarroco academicians Spanish , and interior decoration suggestions Viennese Art Deco . Initially had a capacity for fifteen hundred people . Its terrace is designed to provide outdoor cinema sessions . The basement of the building is thought to host a Cabaret Café or even subsequently adapted to the old disco Xenon .

The June 13, 1929 This film was screened at the first sound film was released in Spain and spoken , its title: The Jazz Singer ( The jazz singer) .


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The temple, originally from ancient Egypt and 2,200 years old, was a gift from Egypt to Spain for their help in the rescue of the temples of Nubia.

It is located west of the Plaza of Spain, next to West Park, is a must that hides Madrid.

Thanks to international aid Egypt managed to save, among others, the Temple of Abu Simbel temple that would otherwise have been buried in the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Debod Temple was inaugurated on July 20, 1972 after two years of reconstruction. It was a complicated process because, besides not having good plans, in dismantling and transporting some stones were lost.

During the first decades in Madrid the temple was not all due care and even the area was deemed unsafe. Currently, the council is doing everything possible to get the better preservation of the temple and enhance security of Mountain Park.

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It’s a must-see if you travel to the country Nipon, visible from many parts of Japan, I remember seeing it the first time since the bullet train from tokyo to kyoto.

Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, is a perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone. This national symbol has been immortalized, among others, for the “36 Views of Mount Fuji” series of images of Hokusai. At its core lies a region of lakes, plateaus, waterfalls and caves, offering beautiful natural landscapes. Near Tokyo, the Five Lakes region is a popular summer resort. Also, climb to the top of Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is the dream of many Japanese. Ideally, view the sunrise from the top of the mountain. But beware, the mount is only “open” from July 1 to August 28.

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Mies Van der  Roeh, designed the German Pavilion, for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.
The building is on a podium covered with travertine, next to a small pool. The building’s roof is flat and is supported by eight steel pillars that look as a cross.

Between the pillars there are polished marble screens and large crystals that give the impression of lightness and brightness.
The interior space is well defined without walls. Two courtyards, each with a pond framed pavilion.

This building is delivered to the space, is pure and precise. A mostly empty space, conceived as a set of drawings that based its expressive power in the clearness of space, quality and diversity of the materials and their relation to a crystalline environment featuring by two ponds.
The diversity and richness of the materials, marble, travertine, water with glass and steel are an image and relationship between nature and industry insight.
After the exhibition, the building was rebuilt in the same place in 1981 at the initiative of the City of Barcelona. Today is  the Mies Van der Rohe Foundation.

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The Marina Bay Sands is a complex of buildings in Singapore, located in front of Marina Bay and developed by Las Vegas Sands, which is considered the single most expensive casino in the world.

The set has three hotel towers with a total of over 2,560 rooms, a convention and exhibiton center with 120,000 m², a mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, six restaurants from renowned chefs, two floating pavilions and a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.

The 20 hectares of the complex were designed by Moshe Safdie Architects and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff. Safdie also designed an artistic path within the resort, incorporating seven installations with five artists such as Sol Lewitt, Antony Gormley and Zheng Chongbin, whose pieces include environmental effects of light, water and wind, integrating art with architecture.

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This new hospital, located in the Madrid suburb of Mostoles, is a building designed by the firm of Rafael de La-Hoz. It consists of two linked elements: a pedestal divided into three parallel modules that hosts care units, outpatient diagnosis and treatment and, above it, two oval shaped crowns, visible from the main access highway to the complex, intended to units hospitalization.

These areas, which require a light and peaceful atmosphere, are elevated above a cover visible from the rooms, and separate from the activity of the functional areas. As the two towers, the lobby has a highly symbolic content. Conceived as an interior street, a triple height glazed space on deck combines commercial areas and cafes intake areas, information and access to the various services.

The center has 95,000 square meters, where we can find single rooms, operating rooms, outpatient, exploration cabinets, emergency stations, dialysis stations, day hospital jobs, radiology rooms, neonatology positions, positions UCI…

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Koutoubia Mosque was one of the largest in the Islamic world when it was completed in 1158. It is currently the largest in Marrakech.

Koutoubia Mosque was started in 1141 by the Almohad caliph Abd al-Mu min and it noted for its tall minaret (reminiscent of ‘La Giralda‘) and its sandstone pink color, typical of the city. Its name, which means “mosque of the booksellers”, is due to numerous book stalls surrounding it in its early stages.

The height of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is 69 meters. Its other dimensions are 60 meters wide by 90 meters long.

As in the rest of the mosques in the city, the entrance is forbidden to non-Muslims, which means that they will settle for seeing it from outside.

At any time you can find many people near the mosque, either on the street or in their gardens.

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  • In a protected environment, there is a genuine and original way of life.

Located in the department of Lot, in southeastern France, Rocamadour is a beautiful town that is notable for its privileged geographical position, hanging from cliffs and forming a beautiful postcard landscape.

It is one of the main tourist attractions in France, with over a million and half visitors a year. It consists of seven shrines, a castle and a monumental staircase of 216 steps, which many pilgrims climb on their knees, as penance. At the top of the cliff is Rocamadaur Castle, completely rebuilt in the XIX s based on the previous medieval castle.

It is also a stop for the pilgrims who come from Central Europe, following the Camino de Santiago.

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San Gimignano, Italia, Jacobo Gordon

San Gimignano is a small walled town situated on the hills of Tuscany in Italy. During the Medieval Age was a population that enjoyed great richness and this is reflected in the large number of towers built by their inhabitants. The higher the tower was, the wealthier and more powerful was the family that had ordered to build it. These buildings, which competed with each other to touch the sky, were used as fortifications and during the Renaissance also as inns, since San Gimignano was a pause point for pilgrims who were heading to Rome. Currently there are hordes of tourists arriving on buses that wander the streets of a nearly deserted village but that still struggles to preserve its architecture to honor its glorious past.

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Castillo de Mota, Valladolid, Jacobo Gordon

In the old town of Medina del Campo, in the center of the vast central plateau, a castle is located that was very important in the Medieval Era in Spain. This castle dominates the province of Valladolid population from the top of a hill. A common fortifications and structures position in this region that assured them control of territory and protection from potential invaders. Mota Castle is built in red brick typical of the area and has a regal ornamentation in which only highlight some details made of stone. The building is in good condition, some remains of the original wall have even survived. It is a tourist attraction for the region of Tierra de Campos, in addition to wine, and therefore it was declared a part of the cultural and interest heritage on November 8, 1904.

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