Archive for January, 2010

Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a huge cable stayed road bridge located in Millau in Southern France. This bridge spans the River Tarn and is considered to be the tallest vehicular bridge in the world today. The Millau Viaduct provides a route that connects Paris to the Languedoc region and to Spain.Millau Viaduct FeaturesThe Millau Viaduct is a bridge that consists of eight span steel roadway supported by seven tall concrete pylons. The roadway itself weighs 36,000 tons and stretches 2,460 meters or 8,1…

Sanyo Solar Ark

The Sanyo Solar Ark is a large and imposing solar power generating facility located in the Gifu Prefecture in Japan. It is a unique solar structure and considered to be one of the largest solar buildings in the world.Solar Ark HistoryIt can be said that the Solar Ark was built out of a mistake made by Sanyo several years ago. Sanyo was found guilty of wrongly labeling their solar panels for the market. This led to an investigation which led to the recall by Sanyo the solar hybrid technology from…

Nakagin Capsule Tower

The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a unique structure located in Shimbashi in Tokyo, Japan. It is a mixed use residential and office tower distinguishable by its unique design of dice-like cubes stacked one upon the other. It is a rare example of the Japanese Metabolism movement that surged after the World War II in Japan. It is also the world’s first example of capsule architecture.Nakagin Capsule Tower HistoryThe Nakagin Capsule Tower was the brainchild of Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, one of t…

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle is a striking Japanese castle located in Chuo-ku, Osaka in Japan. Also known originally as Ozakajo, it is one of the most famous castles in Japan. It also played a significant role in the eventual unification of medieval Japan among its warring factions during the 16th Century.  Osaka Castle HistoryOsaka Castle was the brainchild of a great Japanese warlord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This castle was planned to display the vast power and fortune being enjoyed by Toyotomi during that time. …