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Architectural Icons of the World - 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York
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27 April 2010

Architectural Icons of the World - 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New YorkVisitors at Rockefeller Center in New York are not only looking at one of the most innovative centers in any modern city in the world, they’re also looking at a microcosm of America – the real American dream. This is signified not by the centerpiece of the court, 30 Rock, but by the buildings surrounding it.

Rockefeller Center was built in 1938 and its 19 impressive buildings cover 22 acres of prime real estate in New York City. The wealthy Rockefeller family undertook this massive construction operation, with 30 Rockefeller Plaza, now the GE Building, being the biggest and most notable.

However, it’s the two buildings on either side of 30 Rock that make the entire center even more impressive. The small, drab buildings on either side were privately owned businesses in the early 1900s. While Columbia University was quick to lease the land, and other owners were excited to sell, two business owners decided they didn’t want their respective dreams to be part of a haughty building.

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Architectural Icons of The World - Chrysler Building New York
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14 April 2010

Architectural Icons of The World - Chrysler Building New YorkBuilt in 1930 and standing an imposing 77 floors with over a million square feet of viable space, New York City’s Chrysler Building is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and held the record for the tallest from 1930 to 31. Chrysler is located at Turtle Bay in Manhattan and this Art-Deco style landmark is one of the city’s most famous buildings.

Walter P. Chrysler decided he wanted a skyscraper built in New York in 1928. To help him see this dream to fruition, Walter enlisted one of the top Art Deco architects in the world, William Van Alen. No stranger to complicated designs featuring elaborate exteriors with simplistic interiors, Val Alen’s design made it possible for the building to be constructed at an unheard of rate of 4 floors per week.

During the period, there was somewhat of a race among property owners to see who could build the world’s tallest skyscraper. When the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it held that top spot until the Empire State Building was finally completed the following year.

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World's Most Expensive Homes - Antilla
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30 June 2009

World's Most Expensive Homes - Antilla

It is said that the average human brain cannot picture more than 9 individual items at once. After that, everything becomes clumped up and blurred. Needless to say, Mukesh Ambani's bank account is beyond comprehension. He is worth an estimated $45,000,000,000 (45-billion).

That's an insane amount of money, and it also leaves him in sole possession of the title of richest man in Asia. What does a man with that much money do? What else; he builds a home with an estimated price tag of $2-billion dollars. Antilla, the brainchild of Ambani, is expected to be completed later this year (2009).

Antilla isn't your ordinary home, even by billionaire standards. It's an entire building - a 27-storey skyscraper - with a highly unique and ultra-modern design. Some floors are open, with expansive terraces, greenery, and other unique features.

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