Category Archives: Architecture

Check Out The Most Beautiful Taco Bell In The World

The Pacifica Taco Bell near San Francisco is legendary for its spectacular beachfront views and retro architecture. 

The Taco Bell Cantina serves alcoholic beverages such as beer on draft and in bottles (local, imported, and domestic), booze infused Twisted Freezes (margaritas and other cocktails), and wine.

The building was originally built in the late 60’s as an A&W hamburger franchise, though it’s been a Taco Bell since the ‘80s. 

The gorgeous fast food franchise features a mural by SF street artist Norah Bruhn, a glass-enclosed, indoor/outdoor fireplace, and a walk-up window so sand covered diners can order from the outside. 

Like the chain’s other Cantinas, the interior has wood floors, tiled ceilings, exposed wooden ceiling beams, and trendy pendant lighting.

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LEGO To Release Roman Colosseum – Its Largest Brick Set Ever

This Black Friday, LEGO fans can take home a piece of history and re-create Rome’s most iconic landmark, with the awe-inspiring new LEGO Colosseum set. 

Made up of 9,036 pieces, this is not only the largest LEGO brick set launched to date (taking the title from the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon) it’s also been expertly designed to mimic the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheatre, making it a building project to savor and a set to marvel at.

Both LEGO fans and History buffs need to look no further than their living room to experience a taste of Italian history, as this LEGO brick model is a truly authentic LEGO brick recreation of the mighty Colosseum – featuring many true-to-life details to help builders accurately bring this famous building to life. This epic LEGO model features a recreation of the three distinct stories from the Colosseum, with each of these stories adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders. These columns have been faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form using a variety of creative building techniques, including decorative volutes that have been created using a recolored LEGO roller skate element that has been turned upside down to create an authentic look.

   

Every detail of the set has been meticulously crafted to stay true to the real-life Colosseum – including having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and having three different shades of brick to replicate the different columns and aging of the almost 2,000 year old landmark. The build experience has even been expertly created to match the same process as the original, with the “wooden” LEGO arena being the last build to be placed on the LEGO model, as it has been in the 1990s. As well as being a challenging build, this model is truly a breath-taking focal point for any room. The LEGO Colosseum rests on an oval base, allowing this phenomenal 360-degree display piece to be shown off from any angle. Builders can then choose which side of this magnificent LEGO Brick recreation of one of Rome’s most visited landmarks they display – whether that’s the southern side of the building, which has been destroyed by various earthquakes and natural disasters over the years, or the more complete northern wall. Colosseum features arches, that have been recreated with LEGO brick detailing, allowing a view into the center of the Colosseum from the outside, just like its real-life counterpart.

 

The LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep making this a spectacular centre piece for any LEGO brick collection.

The set will launch on November 27th, on Black Friday, as part of the LEGO Stores and LEGO.com Black Friday offerings . LEGO VIP members who purchase the exclusive model during the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend will receive a limited-edition gift with purchase, a Roman Chariot, which can be displayed alongside the Colosseum.

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Spoke Art Announces Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless 2020 Gallery Show

Spoke Art gallery and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation are pleased to present the 2020 edition of our ongoing “Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless” exhibition. Following three touring shows in 2019, Spoke Art returns to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona for their latest iteration of this dynamic and collaborative group show.

Participating artists include: Jon Arvizu, Thomas Danthony, Alison King, Dave Perillo, JC Richard, Francois Schuiten, Kim Smith, Aaron Stouffer, Steve Thomas, George Townley, Tom Whalen, Bruce Yan, Phantom City Creative, and more.

Unfortunately due to covid-19 the gallery is unable to host a proper public reception for this show, however we are pleased to present three online events:

Friday October 16th at 7pm Pacific on Zoom: 

Modern Phoenix Week presents a sneak peek at the exhibition hosted by Phoenix-based artists Alison King and Jon Arvizu. Both artists will be on hand to discuss their works and there will be a very special pre-sale for these two artist’s designs in conjunction with the talk. Learn more about Phoenix Modern Week and register for this event HERE.

Saturday October 24th at 10am Pacific on Facebook: 

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation presents a Zoom conversation between Jeff Goodman (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) and participating artists from the Timeless exhibition. The event will stream live on Facebook HERE.

Saturday October 24th at Noon Pacific on Instagram: 

Spoke Art will host a live walkthrough of the exhibition streaming live from Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tune in to get a look at the exhibition, presented from inside Wright’s personal architecture studio. Streaming live from the Spoke Art IG HERE.

Online sale: begins Saturday October 24th at 10am PT in the Spoke Art online store.

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Singapore Shoppers Can Purchase Their Next Apple Device In A Floating Sphere On Marina Bay

Apple previewed Apple Marina Bay Sands, the first Apple Store to sit directly on the water. Appearing as a sphere floating on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and captivating retail experience at one of the most iconic locations in Singapore.

Entirely surrounded by water, Apple Marina Bay Sands offers uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city and its spectacular skyline. The sphere is a first-of-its-kind, all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection. As Apple’s third retail location in Singapore, the new store creates an unforgettable space for customers.

Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, an oculus located at the apex of the dome provides a flooding ray of light that travels through the space. The interior of the glass is lined with custom baffles, each uniquely shaped to counter sun angles and provide a nighttime lighting effect. With trees lining the interior of the dome, the green garden city of Singapore flows into the store, providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage.

“We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “Our passionate and talented team is ready to welcome this community to our new store and deliver the care and support that our customers around the world love.”

Visitors entering the store encounter a dramatic reveal into the massive volume of the dome, where they can explore curated Apple products and accessories, receive personal technical support from Geniuses, or simply take in the stunning view of Marina Bay. The Forum is centered around a Video Wall, which will serve as the stage for Today at Apple sessions featuring Singapore’s artists, musicians, and creators. Entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members in Apple’s first underwater Boardroom, located on the lower level of the store.

The 148-person team at Apple Marina Bay Sands, who collectively speak over 23 languages, will welcome visitors for the first time on Thursday, September 10 at 10 a.m. SGT. The store will implement the same rigorous health measures for both employees and visitors seen across all Apple Store locations, including a mask requirement, temperature checks, and social distancing.

To ensure the health and well-being of guests, visits to Apple Marina Bay Sands on Thursday will be by appointment only. Customers can visit apple.com/sg/marinabaysands to choose from available times, and each non-transferable reservation admits one person. Capacity will be limited, so guests may experience wait times before entering the store.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation & Spoke Art Gallery To Host A Pop-Up Art Exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Spoke Art Gallery have joined forces to host a pop-up art exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless, at Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona from June 15 – June 16.

Following the debut of the show, the exhibition will travel to Spoke Art’s sister gallery in New York, Hashimoto Contemporary, July 26 – July 28. The show will feature artistic interpretations of Wright-designed buildings and guests will have an opportunity to purchase limited-edition, hand-numbered prints starting at $50.

The show features work from over a dozen international artists, with pieces designed in the style of a 1930s-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) travel poster. Some participating artists include Steve Thomas from Minnesota, George Townley from the United Kingdom; Max Dalton from Argentina; Martin Ansin from Uruguay; Nico Delort from France; Matt Taylor from the United Kingdom; Alison King from Phoenix.

To learn more about the Spoke Art Frank Lloyd Wright show, or to purchase these limited-edition prints (after the New York show closes), visit FrankLloydWright.org/SpokeArt.

Art by Steve Thomas

Art by Max Dalton

Art by Rory Kurtz

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German Observatory Transformed Into A Giant R2-D2

Professor Hubert Zitt, who is known for his fascinating lectures on Star Wars, Star Trek and other science fiction, saw the perfect opportunity to put his distinctive mark on the university where he works. 

Zitt, along with his father-in-law and several helpful students, transformed the Zweibrücken Observatory of the Natural Science Association into a giant replica of R2-D2.

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McDonald’s Opened A New Flagship Restaurant In Chicago That Resembles An Apple Store

McDonald’s newest restaurant is making a bold statement about the future of the chain.

McDonald’s opened a new flagship restaurant in Chicago. It’s a glassy, 19,000-square-foot building that looks more like an Apple Store than a fast-food restaurant — and that’s exactly what the company intended.

“We are proud to open the doors to this flagship restaurant, which symbolizes how we are building a better McDonald’s for our customers and the communities where they live,” McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement.

While the structure may be different, the Golden Arches are still present at the restaurant, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The restaurant features self-order kiosks, table service, mobile order and pay, and delivery — services that are becoming increasingly mainstream at McDonald’s locations across the US.

Table service and increased digital ordering options are part of McDonald’s “Experience of the Future” revamp. Currently, roughly 5,000 restaurants fit the qualifications, and McDonald’s plans to transform almost all restaurants by 2020.

The restaurant also highlights something else McDonald’s is pushing in an effort to remake its image: sustainability. It has more than 70 trees at the ground level, as well as on-site solar panels.

The restaurant was designed by the Chicago-based firm Ross Barney Architects. While not every McDonald’s is going to look quite so classy and glassy, the combination of more tech, table service, and an emphasis on sustainability provides a blueprint of what the fast-food giant wants to roll out across America.

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LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

Bring a symbolic centerpiece to your home or office with this LEGO Architecture interpretation of the Statue of Liberty, a perfect marriage of architecture and sculpture.

This impressive LEGO interpretation faithfully reproduces the monument’s harmonious blend of sculpture and architecture with its intricately detailed shield-lined pedestal, brick detailing and columned balconies. The beautifully crafted Lady Liberty statue features a flowing robe, broken shackles, 7-ray crown, iconic tablet and an upraised arm bearing a golden torch. Finished with an authentic sand-green and beige color scheme, and a decorative nameplate, this model delivers a highly satisfying building experience to all with an interest in architecture, travel, history and design, and makes a truly symbolic centerpiece for the home or office.

Available exclusively in New York City on May 19th at the following locations: Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble, Target, Mary Arnold Toys, LEGO Brand Retail Stores and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

The set with be release nationwide on June 1st at LEGO.com, LEGO Brand Retail Stores, and other participating retail locations.

Features:

– Features an intricately detailed pedestal with shield & brick detailing, columned balconies, and a Lady Liberty statue with a flowing robe, 7-ray crown, iconic tablet and golden torch.
– Measures over 17” (44cm) high, 5” (14cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
– 1,685 pieces.
– Retail price $119.99

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Capitol Records Tower LEGO Set

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Build a LEGO brick model of the Capitol Records Tower. Located in the heart of Hollywood at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the uniquely round Capitol Records Tower was designed by architect Welton Becket in 1954 and was opened in 1956. It was Hollywood’s first air-conditioned high-rise office building and has always been headquarters to the famed record label founded by Johnny Mercer, home to such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys, and modern superstars Sam Smith and Katy Perry. The Capitol Records Tower was designated a Historical Landmark in 2008 by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.

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The Capitol Records Tower model is a limited-edition set designed by freelance LEGO artist, Adam Ward. It features over 640 genuine LEGO pieces, and is built in the style of LEGO’s popular and award-winning Architecture series. Although not an official LEGO set, this one is pretty darn cool!

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The model accurately features a host of rare LEGO pieces, as well as additional accessories like five decals including the ground floor mural “Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972” by artist Richard Wyatt Jr., and a custom 3D printed piece of the iconic spire that rises from the roof of the historic building. The set also includes transparent and translucent elements for the windows, two brick-built palm trees, stars for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more detail pieces to recreate the legendary tower.

The set measures 10” (25cm) tall, 7.5” (19cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep and is anticipated to ship June 2017.

Pre-order the set HERE for $200.

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LEGO Architecture US Capitol Set

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Build a LEGO brick model of one of the world’s most architecturally impressive and symbolically important structures. Located in Washington DC, the United States Capitol is a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture covering more than 1.5 million square feet and with over 600 rooms and miles of corridors.

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The building that we see today is the result of several major periods of construction that have taken place since president George Washington first laid the cornerstone on September 18, 1793. This meticulously detailed LEGO Architecture interpretation of the U.S. Capitol focuses on the structure’s striking white, columned façade with its famous steps and lawns, and features a removable dome for access to a detailed interior depicting the famous National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, statues and tiled floor.

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– LEGO Architecture interpretation of the real-world architectural landmark, the United States Capitol Building.
– Features the Capitol’s neoclassical façade, dome, colonnades, north and south wings, steps and lawns.
– Remove the dome to access the rotunda, featuring columns, 8 statue elements and a tiled floor.
– The included booklet contains information about the design, architecture and history of the building
– LEGO Architecture celebrates the world of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick, and is developed for all with an interest in travel, design, history and architecture.
– This set includes over 1,000 LEGO pieces.
– The scale of this model matches the LEGO Architecture 21022 Lincoln Memorial.
– This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 12+.
– Measures over 6” (16cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.

The cost of the set is $99.99 and hits LEGO.com, LEGO retail stores, and participating LEGO retailers September 1st.

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