Iridescent Dragon-Like Scales Wrap Around Avant Garde Office Campus in Paris

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Commissioned by the real estate company Société Foncière Lyonnaise , Agence Jouin Manku sought to bring a fresh and modern upgrade that complemented the existing historic architecture on the office. Located on the banks of Seine , the seven-acre site is home to a reinforced concrete building regarded by many as a historic landmark and symbol of the golden age of industry. Within the IN/OUT office campus, the amenities wing includes a cafe, restaurant, boardrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, lounges, terraces, and fitness rooms. The architects also redesigned a lobby and other various technical spaces including a glass pavilion suspended by a thin wooden lattice. The pavilion, which is located in the central courtyard, acts as a transition point between the lobby of historical building and the new contemporary amenities wing. Built around the concepts of passage and movement, the vibrant amenities wing makes a dynamic departure in style from the existing bush hammered concrete . Beneath the roof’s colorful stainless steel tiles, a glass and concrete facade partitioned by vertical timber slats curves around the wing. To reinforce the illusion of movement, the wing is split into two sections that wrap around and connect to a central concrete tower. A footbridge made from white steel and wood leads from the wing to the existing building, creating a symbolic link between the two architectural styles. + Agence Jouin Manku Via Dezeen Images © Thierry Lewenberg-Sturm        

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Mysterious La Manzanera Resort Rises from the Seaside Cliffs of Calpe, Spain

July 12, 2013 by  
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The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US

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Quinoa seems like the perfect grain. The little golden seed is gluten-free, low in calories, high in protein, tasty, and able to grow in arid climates. In recent years, it has gained popularity among health-conscious consumers as an alternative to meat and substitute for wheat. Most of the world’s quinoa is produced in the highlands of Bolivia and Peru, and spikes in the market have allowed farmers to transform their lives with new clothes, cars, and radically different diets. So, why hasn’t the rest of the world caught on to quinoa? Read the rest of The Reasons Why Quinoa is Not Catching On in the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agribusiness , bolivia , colorado , diet , food , grain , market , peru , quinoa , south america , staple , united states        

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