The Prayer Tower on Oral Roberts University campus. The site of Robert's lock-in debacle, in which Oral Roberts (a famous preacher, televangelist, university founder, and entrepreneur) claimed that he would "be taken home" if his ministry did not raise $8 Million dollars, the stunt brought in $9 Million dollars in donations.
Located in Osnabrueck, Germany, Green Bistro's overall line and light plays-off a zesty architectural design, combined with a deft artistic touch that lends 'organ-icity' to the surrealism. Highly functional, informal decor (white chairs and tulip tables) inspired by nature, intertwines a building, specifically constructed to bring contrasts to light.
In this respect, ecopsychology offers a way to view different aspects of the connection to "place" that we all share. Does the suggested symbiosis stimulate an inner dialogue that has us feel like we've left the material world and stepped into nature's dream?
As the human mind, body and spirit are a seamless continuum of nature’s life-giving flow, does a visit to this bistro offer us the chance to dissolve the abstractions that are foreign to nature? The visual effects of this place certainly attract a high percentage of...
This relatively new wine country property in South Africa is an incredible place. The high design style mixes with Dutch Cape architecture and it is so well done. The property also sits on acres on organic farm land. Everything providing farm to table fresh food that is tasty. The property was also going to start their own winery when I was there last. Which is a good reason to plan a trip back.
The latest architectural highlight in Frankfurt is a futuristic shopping complex (mall) called MyZeil. It is one of the most significant inner city development projects in Europe, designed by Roman architect Massimiliano Fuksas, with an eye-popping glass facade along the Zeil in the shape of a vortex and a spectacular interior. It’s definitely a welcome addition to the placid landscape of Frankfurt’s pedestrian zone and city center.
For their roving, event-based Volume Gallery, Claire Warner and Sam Vintz pluck contemporary American designers like Thaddeus Wolf and Rich Brilliant Willing and set up short-run installations at galleries all over Chicago. One of Chicago’s own, designer and metalworker Jonathan Nesci, created a collection for Volume called The New, which recalled banal forms like curbs and street lamps.
by Christopher R. Cox
While San Juan’s got the buzz and the swagger, Puerto Rico’s second-largest city, Ponce, just a 90-minute drive to the south, maintains a quiet dignity. Gracious municipal buildings exemplify La Ciudad Señorial (The Noble City), especially its centerpiece, the Ponce Art Museum. Designed by famed architect Edward Durell Stone, who also planned Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the museum reopened in late 2010 after a majorrenovation. The mid-1960s landmark is notable for its twin marble staircases, hexagonal galleries, and impressive collection of European masters (Rubens, El Greco, and Velázquez). Influential Puerto Rican painters such as José Campeche also get plenty of display space. The grounds showcase Roy Lichtenstein’s sculpture “Brushstrokesin Flight.” (787) 840-1510, museoarteponce.org.
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Among the city's windows, I saw many beautifully designed items to wear as well as to decorate homes. Who knew opening an umbrella indoors was not bad luck as long it helps illuminate your dining room?
The 101 Hotel’s clean lines and minimalist color scheme—Nordic-cool grays, whites, and blacks warmed by tan oak floors and natural light—reflect the sensibility of owner Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir, a graduate of The New School for Design in New York. Named for Reykjavik’s stylish 101 district, Iceland’s first boutique hotel is situated near the city’s central shopping and dining neighborhood, and is a showcase for modern Icelandic art. The hotel feels intimate with only 38 rooms, and the bar and lounge are popular with trendsetting locals.
101 Hotel. Doubles from $285, Hverfisgata 10, 354/580-0101. This appeared in the May/June 2012 issue. Photo courtesy of 101 Hotel.
One of Seattle's landmark buildings, the downtown public library is a dramatically asymmetrical, 11 story glass-and-steel 'sculpture' that takes up an entire city block. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the interior features a continuous 'book spiral' that allows access to the collections. With a coffee-cart and natural light pouring in, it's the perfect place to spend part of a rainy day.
A store that may not be too familiar with the average tourist is Liberty, which is a classic emporium that sells clothing and household items. The magnificent historical Tudor building with wooden interiors has been serving customers since the 1920's.
Go there to buy fabric (Liberty is famous for its British designs), have a bite at its restaurant, or simply to take pictures.
On the western edge of Paris, at the end of the grand 'axe historique' that runs from the Louvre down the Champs Élysées and on past the Arc de Triomphe, rises the futuristic skyscraper business district known as "La Défense."
Its centerpiece is the thirty-story tall 'hollow cube' monument/office building known as "La Grande Arche de La Défense." Built in time for the bicentennial of the French Revolution, it's covered in white Italian marble.
La Défense isn't done growing. Plans have been approved for the Hermitage Towers--a project designed by British architect Norman Foster. When finished, these twin towers will be the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.
It's worth leaving the historic core of Paris to come spend a few hours here--the pedestrian-only plaza beneath La Grande Arche can be a good place to watch rollerbladers, and in December hosts an open-air "marché de Noël."
Home design and antique shops have elbowed their way onto Via Spiga and Via Montenapoleone, Milan's modish lanes. Nilufar sells a huge array of furniture and intricate, contemporary carpets commissioned exclusively for the store. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
Lovers of furniture from past and present cannot leave Milan without stopping by the Triennale Design Museum. The permanent collection holds an interesting cross-section of Italian furniture and housewares, including the 1957 Superleggera (superlightweight) chair by Gio Ponti and espresso makers by Richard Sapper. 39/(0) 02-72-4341. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
I watch as yellow-and-white Eurostar trains snake in and out of London’s St. Pancras train shed, a vaulted Victorian masterpiece of glass panels and iron arches. My room at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel has this floor-to-ceiling view: Passengers board the high-speed carriers headed for France or Belgium. Then, in an instant, they’re whisked out of sight. Are they off to work? Leaving a loved one? I wonder as I listen to the hum of the tracks.
After a six-year, $240 million renovation, the Renaissance hotel opened in 2011, occupying sections of the former Midland Grand Hotel, which was built adjacent to the station 138 years ago. The building is a Gothic fantasy of red brick arches and turrets, crowned with a clock tower that rivals Big Ben. The main staircase, its crimson walls handpainted with 2,300 gold fleurs-de-lis, adheres to designer Gilbert Scott’s original vision. It spills...
Love it or hate it, the stainless steel curves of downtown L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall are arrestingly eye-catching. Designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, the building is a metallic marvel. Even if you can't take one of the mid-day guided tours, it's worth 'snooping around' the free open-to-the-public areas.
To get here: corner of Grand and First,
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