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The Sydney Opera House. Otherwise known as the funny looking building off the coast Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point. The Opera House was originally designed and built by architect, Jørn Utzon. A man who was literally a nobody in the business until his napkin drawing of the proposed Sydney Opera House was chosen as a winner of a competition. Jørn Utzon went to school to become an architect after deciding he didn’t want to follow in his fathers footsteps as a naval engineer. Construction began on the Sydney Opera House on March 2, 1959. This is when the first column went up. In 1964 the ribs for the shells began to rise into the sky over Bennelong Point. In 1965 a new government was elected into office for Australia and the new Minster of Work thought about and decided that the design and cost of this opera house was absurd and fired Utzon from the job and hired new chief architects.

The opera house opened in 1973 by Queen Victoria and Utzon was to receive an award for his outstanding work but wasn’t present.

Not until recently in 1999 did Utzon come back to see his masterpiece. He claims, ““I like to think the Sydney Opera House is like a musical instrument, and like any fine instrument, it needs a little maintenance and fine tuning, from time to time, if it is to keep on performing at the highest level.”” So the NSW government of Australia let him back on the architect/engineer team for further adjustments. In 2003 Utzon won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, which is the highest award in the field of architecture for his work on the Sydney Opera House. Reconstruction and renovations continue to this date on the opera house making it greater and greater. Utzon died in 2008 in his sleep. But his legacy will continue on to help music and opera resonate in the building he designed.

The way it was designed was that the auditoriums would face the water away from the city. The auditoriums run north and south giving each auditorium interesting light throughout the day. There’s a courtyard in the middle of the auditoriums. The shells are made of an off-white tile while the pedestal is concrete in earth tones. The glass walls on the south side of the buildings are deemed special and unique to the time of which it was built. More and more buildings nowadays have more and more glass for light and to be “green”.

Has anyone ever visited the Opera House? Anyone know very interesting information that I missed?

Construction of the Opera House.

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View of the glass walls.



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The Island Inn at Friday Harbor is located on Washington’s San Juan island. It used to be known as 123 West, a set of buildings that are LEED Silver-certified within a tight fit community. The Island Inn originally was of seven commercial and seven residential units on 10,000 sq ft of land. But the condos were too expensive for people to afford at the time so they were left vacant. So in 2011 123 West was changed into the Island Inn at Friday Harbor a new boutique hotel. The designer of the whole hotel was Misty Todd and architect Donald K Mackay. Mackay designed the original plan and just designed a 4 room add-on.

Sitting right on the shoreline of Friday Harbor, Washington, this hotel is walking distance from the ferry and seaplane terminals for visitors to enjoy activities while they are visiting. The buildings of the Island Inn are in a clustered cube look with lanes dividing them in a hilltown style. This makes the hotel an unusual presence. Cubes with large window openings provide sweepings views. All the windows have window visors throughout with frosted glass to provide slight shade.

The buildings are put into a setting known to be an Urban Ensemble. The front of each building faces the others across from it almost identically. The design on the inside is simple and frank giving a contemporary feel. Colors of paint such as green, red and warm yellows blend with the exterior. The use of dutch doors provide a nautical touch. Stainless steel wire balconies which are found many places nowadays.

3 1/2 Month Hiatus

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Ever wanted to just go to the bar and be on top of the world at the same time? These 10 places will sure bring you that enjoyment, one bar at a time.

Number 1: Bangkok, Thailand – Moon Bar at Banyan Tree Bangkok
– Sitting on top on the 61st floor helipad, this rooftop bar has view of the Grand Palace, Royal Chapel, Wat Pho Temple, and the Chao Phraya River. The signature drink is the Vertigo Sunset, Malibu mixed with pineapple, cranberry and lime juice. This place also has a strict dress code, so dress accordingly.

Number 2: Chicago, IL – The Terrace at Trump at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
– Sitting on the 16th floor and has mainly specialty drinks and food. It contains many L-Shaped couches and large tables for everyone in attendance. Here you have view of Wrigley Towers, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The signature drink here is the Freeze Pop. Strawberry Lemonade with limoncello and strawberry juice.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer you can see fireworks over the pier, what a nice sight to see.

Number 3: Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Lounge at At.Mosphere at Burj Khalifa
– This rooftop bar sits on top the world’s tallest building, making it the highest restaurant. At this bar you can see the Arabian Gulf, downtown Dubai and the tallest fountains on Earth. Signature drink would be the Black Forest, which contains Tanquerey 10, Creme de Mure, raspberries and blackberries. At this bar, it’s a $50 tab to just get in.

Number 4: Hong Kong, China – OZONE at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
-The highest bar in Asia, in the highest hotel, this rooftop bar sits on the 118th floor. In house DJ helps will the room of the breezy outdoor terrace. The view compete with the interiors. Sights from this bar include all of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor. The Signature drink here is the Aria 118, which is a mix of orange vodka, sake, coconut rum, passion fruit and lychee. Arrive early and dress smart if you want to be allowed in this rooftop bar.

Number 5: Mumbai, India – Aer at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai
– This rooftop bar is on the 34th floor of the Aer. In house DJ playing high-energy music in accordance with the black and white motif of the bar. Nice foods include pizza, sushi and more. Places to see on top of this bar include the city below, Haji Ali Mosque, Mahalaxmi Racecourse and the Arabian Sea. The signature drink is called the Afterglow, gin, cucumber, coriander and grapes. There’s a cover of $37 and you must follow the dress code.

Do any of these rooftop bars seduce you into going? They sure do to me. Maybe one day we might see my rooftop bar on this list. See you next time.

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In the states of Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut want to tell me how much rent is for a historic home? Less than $1 is the answer. Most historic homes on the east coast could be 300+ years old. Most of them either completely abandoned or turned into museums. But to those that are actually still standing, these states are renting out the homes in 20-25 year leases for as little as $1 for the whole agreement. This is because these homes are in need of desperate renovations. They have asbestos, bad septic systems, if one at all, decaying roofs and the such. These new systems of renting are known as curatorship programs. Just like earlier, a curator helps run and maintain museums.

Since the dollar amount to restoring these homes could range anywhere from $25,000 to millions it makes this a job not for a faint heart. With most historical homes, they are not up to date with modern day building codes, so this will be the greatest challenge in renovation.

Getting asked to become a resident curator is like applying for 10 credit cards at once. They need to know income, SSN, date of birth and many more questions worth of information.

If I had the equity and time I would definitely take on the challenge. I love to see a restoration in process. I have a strong will and dedication to thrive in a new place, not to mention all the money I make would go to my house.

Would you want to be put up to the challenge? Let me know!

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We all have the dream of owning a multi-million dollar mansion. Over 5,000 square feet, a pool, home theater, waterfalls, giant gardens, terraces and much more. We sometimes feel like we want to be Gatsby seeing the green light across the lake from his house behind him. Here I will talk about 5 estates of interest.

First on the list is La Casa Sin Nombre, which translates to “The house without a name”. It resides in Palm Beach, Florida. This estate has 5 houses on the property and tagged at $59 million dollars. It’s on a four acre lot next to the ocean. There are two resident houses and three guest homes. The main home, the Garden House was built in 1935. The Ocean House was built in 1921 and is of the Mediterranean style. (My favorite architectural style by the way.)

Next house on the list is Villa Paradiso. This estate is located in Palm Springs, California, has four houses and priced at $11.5 million. Grand walls surround the estate of four acres. Over 15,000 square feet on the estate. It was built in 1928 and has beamed ceilings, chandeliers in an Italian styles. There are three guest houses.

Following the Villa Paradiso is the DanMar Manor. This estate is located in The Woodlands, Texas has two houses and two apartments on the property and is priced at $19 million dollars. The whole compound has 30,717 square feet of living space. The main house includes bedroom suites with private sitting areas. It also contains an elevator. The two apartments are both one bedroom with full kitchens and bathrooms.

House number four on the list is the Huntsman Family Compound in Park City, Utah. This estate in particular only has 1 home, but has ten bedrooms in it. It sits at a giant $44 million dollars. The garage can fit 28 cars. It sits on a 63 acre property, which could easily house comfortably 22 more homes. This estate is here to stay in the hands of the Huntsman family.

The last home on this list is the Stone Canyon Ranch located in Paicines, California. It has four houses on it and sits at $59 million dollars. This estate is home to one of the finest horse ranches in the country. It sits on over 10,000 acres. The main residence is 8,000 square feet and is on top of a ridge line with a 360 view of the mountain range. The other three houses are only one bedroom guest houses.

Do you ever want an estate this big? Tell me!

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