Buildings

Unité d’Habitation (Housing Unit)

This is Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. Completed in 1952, it’s a modernist residential housing complex for up to 1,600 people which features 337 apartments over 12 stories. Interestingly, every apartment is built over 2 floors and is…

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Wednesday, 23rd November 2005

Well if they’ve got one…

It’s tough keeping up with the Joneses… In this Californian community the latest trend is apprently having a tennis court in your back garden. It doesn’t seem that this is an isolated case either, tennis court communities are springing up…

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Friday, 18th November 2005

Residential Snake

This is Wohnanlage Moabiter Werder (Moabiter island housing?) which sits just to the west of the main government district in Berlin, and although I believe it’s residential housing for parliamentary staff, Google’s automatic translation doesn’t help much. But never mind…

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Wednesday, 16th November 2005

The Lotus Bridge

Have you ever wondered what happens to traffic at a border between two countries that drive on opposite sides? The Lotus Bridge between mainland China and the former Portuguese colony of Macau was completed in 1999 and is a fantastically…

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Monday, 14th November 2005

Opryland Hotel

This is the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Now I think I’ve got this right when I say that the Opryland is the third largest non-casino hotel in the world. Regardless, it’s enormous, with 5 restaurants, 6 eateries, 14 retail…

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Monday, 14th November 2005

Afghan Royal Palace : Revisited

Remember the Afghan Royal Palace? Well David Quin from Melbourne had seen it from ground level and took photos! He writes: I was in Kabul in September 2003 working with the UN, writing the software for the voter’s registration system…

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Sunday, 13th November 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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