Villa Auersperg – Everything remains different!

How an old villa was turned into a new villa but with a wonderful turn of the century flair? The town villa in the Auersperg street dates back to the era of the master builder Ceccona dynasty and has been in family possession since the 19th century. The Auersperg Hotel, a charming town hotel with a natural garden and is diligently run by Bettina Wiesinger. The main building is distinguished by its special atmosphere, style and caring attention to detail. Total of 23 rooms, have been revitalized by the interior designer – Sandra Aigner, from the Petite Double with 12qm to the Suites...
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Time to Put an End to “Carbon Copy Cities”: Jean Nouvel’s Approach to Architecture

Celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel keeps arguing against generalist architecture. In October 2009, Nouvel has presented one of his latest works, the Pavilion B at Genoa’s Nautical Tradeshow. With a remarkable lesson on aesthetics, Nouvel, who holds the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2008, has accounted for the essence of his accomplishment: his goal was to lay the edifice within the urban and social texture of the city of Genoa. Indeed, from the vantage point of the water, the construction is I harmony with the sea and the moored boats. A similar impression can be felt by other of Nouvel’s...
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The Piazza Around the Duomo in Florence Goes Pedestrian

Piazza Duomo gets rid of vehicles and their pollutants to make one of the most celebrated squares in the world pedestrian-only. The Mayor of Florence Matteo Renzi announced this  unexpected news in September and the city has been in ferment ever since. By October 25, Piazza Duomo will be freed of the thousands of vehicles that have passed by and through the square for years. Vehicles will be totally off limits and  the new pedestrian area will be extended beyond the Duomo and the Baptistry, to the adjoining via Martelli, via Ricasoli and via dei Servi, to via dei Pucci. The pedestrian zone will...
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Rome: The Paintings of an Empire Exhibition

Scuderie del Quirinale September 24, 2009 – January 17, 2010 A fabulous exhbition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome.  An overview of the pictorial ability of the Ancient Romans during the period that goes from the 2nd Century B.C. to the 4th Century A.D. There are approximately 100 works of art, frescos and paintings on linen , wood, glass etc., coming from the most prestigious institutions like the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vatican Museums and Pompeii. More information about the exhibition, which in Italian is called “Roma. La pittura di un impero”, at the Museum of the Scuderie...
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Epoque Hotels Moves into a New Office in Miami

We are moving to a new office. We are now located at South Beach, but in about three weeks we will be relocated in Wynwood Miami. The new Epoque Hotels building will have a beautiful view of the bay and the office is about 2300 square feet. Wynwood is famous for its art galleries, historical and centrally located neighborhood. It is a part of the Miami Design District. A diversity of skyscrapers, industrial chic lofts makes this district cultural and commercial. It is at the north of Downtown, with approximately 15,149 residents. The Wynwood Arts District is going to a rapid cultural change; the...
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