May 16, 2020

5 brightly coloured builds

Casa Batllo
La Boca
Buenos Aires
Catherine Sturman
2 min
St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Since the turn of the industrial revolution, buildings have been known to be neutral colours, appealing to a multitude of buyers and consumers. However...

Since the turn of the industrial revolution, buildings have been known to be neutral colours, appealing to a multitude of buyers and consumers. However, we look at five brightly coloured builds which go against this trend, becoming popular with locals and tourists, boosting local economies and celebrating unique architecture.

Haight Street, San Francisco

Bright, colourful Victorian houses currently line Haight Street in San Francisco. The area was once part of the sixties hippie scene, where houses were affordable and not vastly overpopulated within the post-war era.  

Prior to their development, the site incorporated farms and land, which was connected to the rest of San Francisco by cable car.

St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Built in the 16th century and situated in the red square lies St Basil’s Cathedral, constructed during the reign of Tsar Ivan IV. The cathedral replaces the Trinity Church, previously situated on site.

Now a museum, the cathedral incorporates several colours which have been restored from the 17th century onwards.

Constructed with stone, brick and an internal wooden supporting frame, the build has been expanded throughout the years, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Although affected by unpredictable weather conditions, the homes within Cinque Terre display an array of bright colours since the 1970s, incorporating several villages in the area.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the homes overlook the sea and have become popular with tourists who wish for seclusion and privacy.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Constructed with locally sourced materials, La Boca in Argentina is popular with tourists due to its multi-coloured builds and cultural, lively music scene. The area is still home to many who used to work in shipyards in the region.

A mix of European nationalities now call La Boca home, housing theatres and other entertainment venues for tourists and locals to enjoy.

Casa Batllo, Barcelona

Renowned as one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous works, the Casa Batlló was originally renovated in the end of the 19th century and is named after the Batlló family who selected Gaudi to undertake the work. The home was completely renovated to encompass extra floors and enable increased light to enter the building.

Constructed with glass, sandstone and various stones, tiles have been utilised in the construction of mosaic pieces, eliminating the notion of straight, rigid structures within the build. The building showcases an array of colours, with many of interior and exterior creations reflecting the skeletal appearance of animals, such as the debated spine of a dragon within the roof, created with the use of different coloured tiles.

The building has since become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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May 13, 2021

Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Winvic Construction has topped out its first hotel project, Hotel La Tour, in Milton Keynes

Winvic Construction has topped out its first hotel project, Hotel La Tour, at 50 metres in Milton Keynes.

A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.

Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.

Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.

Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.

Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.

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