Mexican beer brand Corona has launched a new hotel in Madrid, called “Save the Beach hotel” and made entirely of rubbish.
It is constructed out of 12 tons of items found littered on Europe’s beaches and is designed to raise awareness of the plight of coastlines and seas around the world.
Designed by German artist HA Schult, it will be open to visitors in the Spanish city between January 19 and 23, coinciding with a tourism fair held there — a similar exhibit was installed in Rome for the World Environment Day week.
City authorities on Wednesday approved plans to build a 67-floor skyscraper near New York City’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building, over objections from owners of the iconic landmark.
The full city council overwhelmingly approved the project in a 47-1 vote. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already voiced support for the building.
The new skyscraper, currently named 15 Penn Plaza and designed by the architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, will go up two blocks from the Empire State building and across the street from Penn Station, a major bus and rail hub.
Named as Apple Opera Store, the design is a radical departure from the usual Apple Stores that you might have seen around the world.
The location has been under construction for well over a year, due to the need to preserve and restore historic architecture, such as wooden doors, arched windows and wrought-iron balcony railings on the exterior.