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30 September 2022

Buildings that will surprise you!

Edificios Sorprendentes

Every 3 of october we celebrate the World Architecture Day and for this reason today we have decided to get on board one of our Dreamliner to go visit some of the most outstanding and surprising buildings that adorn some of the destinations that we fly to.   

What would New York be like without the Statue of Liberty or Paris without the Eiffel Tower?

Our route takes us to the Big Apple, Montevideo, Barcelona and London. Let’s take off!

The Chrysler Building, New York

It is not the tallest skyscraper in New York, but it is one of its landmarks alongside the Empire State. Impressive, isn’t it?

Decorated with spires, covered with radiators and hubcaps, it reminds us of some of the iconic Chrysler cars. 

Edificio Chrysler

Did you know that the architect was competing to build the tallest building in New York? In the end, the Chrysler Building was crowned by a pyramidal spire that was set on the very top to reach a height of 319 metres, enough to outstrip its competitor, The Trump Building.

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo 

With its (rather eclectic) art deco style, this was the tallest building in Latin America until 1935.

The tower was the watchtower of the port from its opening, and in 1966 it was declared a national historic monument.

Palacio Salvo, Montevideo

The Palacio Salvo has a “twin brother” in Buenos Aires called the Palacio Barolo and it was also designed by the Italian architect Mario Palanti. Did you know that?

We recommend that you visit both and find the differences!

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona 

Gaudí wanted to create the perfect temple, and for it to represent the life of Jesus.

His concept was for the Sagrada Familia to have five naves and three façades with a total of 18 towers: 12 were for each of the apostles, four more dedicated to the Evangelists, one for the Virgin Mary and another for Jesus. This final tower would be crowned by a cross when the building was finished, and would be the tallest of them all.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Work is expected to finish in 2026 with the completion of the Sagrada Familia, which will coincide with the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

When this happens, it will be the tallest building in Barcelona and the tallest church in the world, with a height of 172 metres. Amazing!

The Gherkin, London 

Designed by the prestigious architect Norman Foster, the locals refer to it as “The Gherkin”.

One of the most interesting aspects is that it is considered an ecological building, because its shape ensures that it has better ventilation and receives more natural light, which lowers its energy use. It is a wonder of modern engineering which has won a number of awards for its design and its low energy consumption.

The Gherkin, Londres

We could continue to explore countries and discover fantastic works of modern and classic architecture. Wherever you look there are impressive buildings like the Museum of the Louvre, The Coliseum of Rome, any number of cathedrals, it is hard to just choose one!

It makes you want to pack your bags, travel and see them for yourselves, doesn’t it? The worlds is full of surprising buildings, each with its own story and kind of beauty. If you want to start seeing them today, we can take you!

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