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Districlima at Carrer de Tànger in Barcelona – ES

October 7th, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 322
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2017 – Volvo XC40 at Districlima on Carrer de Tànger 95 in Barcelona, Spain.

2017 – Volvo XC40 at Districlima on Carrer de Tànger 95 in Barcelona, Spain.

2017 – Volvo XC40 at Districlima on Carrer de Tànger 95 in Barcelona, Spain.

2018 – Carrer de Tànger in Barcelona (Googl Streetview)

2018 – Carrer de Tànger in Barcelona (Googl Streetview)

Districlima is located on Carrer de Tànger 95 in the Sant Marti district in Barcelona, Spain.

Districlima is a company delivering a district heating and cooling network for use in heating, air conditioning and sanitary hot water.

n the newly built office area of 22@ in Barcelona, this was one of the first buildings to be completed. This newly developed neighborhood is situated between the Torre Agbar by Jean Nouvel and the Forum area where the exposition building by Herzog and De Meuron is located. The facade is made out of ochre-died concrete, covered with steel cables, on which plants grow in a pre-designed pattern.

Sant Martí is a district of Barcelona located on its eastern side, usually numbered 10 out of the ten districts of the city.

It borders the Mediterranean sea, Sant Adrià del Besòs and four other districts of the city: Ciutat Vella, l’Eixample, Horta-Guinardó and Sant Andreu.

It did not become an integral part of Barcelona until as late as 1897, having been an autonomous village since 1714 with the imposition of the infamous Nueva Planta decrees. Before then, it had been a secondary parish of Santa Maria del Mar.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.districlima.com.

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Workumerdijk in Makkum – NL

October 7th, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 321
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1980 – Volvo 66 GL and DL at the Workumerdijk in Makkum in Friesland, The Netherlands

1980 – Volvo 66 GL and DL at the Workumerdijk in Makkum in Friesland, The Netherlands

2018 – Workumerdijk in Makkum in the Netherlands (Google Streetview)

Workumerdijk is a street with an old fisherman harbor in the village Makkum, located in the north east of the Netherlands.

Makkum is a village of Súdwest-Fryslân municipality, west of Bolsward on the banks of the lake IJsselmeer in the province Friesland of the Netherlands.
Historically Makkum is a fishing village. In the 20th century it started receiving tourists.

The Sint Maarten terp is over a thousand years old. It housed the rural village Mackum with its church. In the 16th century a town arose south of the village called Statum. Here freight ships passing through the locks had to pay tolls. Most of these ships were heading for Bolsward. After the Middle Ages both villages grew together. The current church was built in 1660.

Makkum was known as the gateway to the Zuiderzee for its locks which were owned by the neighboring monastery. This strategic position meant Makkum could develop to an important centre of trade.

The Golden Age of Makkum started in the 17th century and lasted until the 18th century. Makkum became an important center of trade and industry, including brick works, wind-powered saw-, oil-, paper-, and pealing mills, ship yards and seashell lime kilns. The lime kiln industry was the major pillar of Makkums prosperity employing many people. The high quality quicklime produced was amongst others used in house construction in Amsterdam. Transport of base materials and end products was by ship which caused shipping and ship construction to flourish. Seashell fishing was of importance next to common fisheries.

The coat of arms of Makkum shows a golden mermaid carrying a sailing vessel in her right hand and a lime kiln in her left. The 19th century brought economical decline caused by the siltation of the Zuiderzee which made the harbor of Makkum unreachable. Only shipyards and potteries remained.

Lately tourism has developed strongly in Makkum from the attraction of water sports. Recreational area “De Holle Poarte” with its beach, campsite, holiday homes and boulevard attracts many visitors every year.

Besides agriculture, nature plays a large roll with thatch cutting in the Makkumerwaard. The nature reserves along the IJsselmeer coast are known for their birdlife and abundance of flora. The Preamke foundation operates a flat bottom boat for tourists. The WON foundation makes an effort for showing the history of sea fishing on the former Zuiderzee.

The rich history of the village is still very visible. The village has a town-like structure dating from the 17th century. At the lock are historic merchant houses and village has a weigh house. The pottery Royal Tichelaar Makkum is one of the oldest companies of the Netherlands.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.makkum.nl.
Photography for Volvo Cars by Henri ter Hall.

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Oakland Supply Co. on 3rd Street in Oakland – USA

October 7th, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 320
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2017 – Volvo XC40 at Oakland Supply Co. on 291 3rd Street in Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District in Oakland, California, USA.

2017 – Volvo XC40 at Oakland Supply Co. on 291 3rd Street in Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District in Oakland, California, USA.

2018 – Oakland Supply Co. on 3rd Street in Oakland – USA (Google Streetview)

2018 – Oakland Supply Co. on 3rd Street in Oakland – USA (Google Streetview)

Oakland Supply Co. is an store on 291 3rd Street in the Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District in Oakland, California, USA.

Oakland Supply Co. is a brand from Oaklandish, which started in 2000 as a public art project designed to illuminate Oakland’s local history and unique cultural legacy. After years of covert multi-media stunts around the Town, the Oaklandish brand of apparel was introduced to help support their ongoing calendar of public events and annual Oaklandish Innovators Grant program.

Their mission is to spread “local love” by way of a civic pride-evoking tees and accessories, while creating quality inner city jobs for locals, and giving back to the people and places that maintain our city’s trailblazer spirit. In line with this mission, they donate a portion of all proceeds to grassroots nonprofits committed to bettering the Oakland community.

Oaklandish is a fashion line and retail store located in Oakland, California, in the United States. The brand promotes civic pride through a series of T-shirts, hoodies and accessories showcasing symbols of Oakland. The company logo is a modified version of the city logo, an Oak tree with wide outspread roots. Ten percent of proceeds from the sales of Oaklandish items goes to local non-profit community groups through the “Oakland Innovators Award” grant program. Everything sold in the store is screen-printed in Oakland and 10% of all sales benefit local nonprofits. In 2016, the store was named the 38th fastest growing inner city business in the United States by Fortune.

More information at oaklandish.com and en.wikipedia.org.

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Valhallabadet in Göteborg

October 7th, 2018

Volvo Photo Locations Part 304
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1960 - Volvo Duett at Valhallabadet in Göteborg

1960 – Volvo PV 445 Duett at Valhallabadet in Göteborg

2018 – Valhallabadet in Göteborg (seen from Gothia Towers)

2018 – Valhallabadet in Göteborg

1960 – Valhallabadet from the air (Lantmäteriet)

Valhallabadet Simhall is located on Valhallagatan near Scandinavium and Svenska Mässan in Göteborg. It is one of the largest indoor-swimming facilities in Scandinavia.

Spectator capacity, pool length, and diving height mean that elite level competitions can be held here. There is also a large range of bathing and recreation, training, body and beauty treatments. The changing rooms are fresh and modern.

The swimming centre opened in 1956 and the various improvement projects over the years have strived to retain the genuine 50s architecture.

Valhalla Swimming Hall (or Valhallabadet) is a swimming hall located in Göteborg, Sweden. Valhalla was officially opened on December 6, 1956, by Göteborgs municipal commissioner Torsten Henriksson.

Valhalla was designed by Nils Olsson, the design was awarded with a bronze Olympic medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics. The work was completed by Gustav Samuelsson in 1956 after Olsson’s death.

Upon completion at 67 000 m³, Valhalla was the biggest and most modern swimming facility in Sweden. The interior decoration of 700 square meters was made by local painter Nils Wendel.

In 1959 the men’s tub bathing area was rebuilt to a thermae bath. In 1967 a 50 meter outdoor swimming pool was added to the facility. In 1987 the outdoor pool was demolished for a new 50 meter indoor pool.

More information at sv.wikipedia.org and gotevent.se/arenor/valhallabadet.

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Lilla Götafors on Götaforsliden in Mölndals Kvarnby

October 7th, 2018

Volvo Photo Locations Part 303
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1996 – Volvo V70 XC at Lilla Götafors on Götaforsliden 14 in Mölndals Kvarnby in Mölndal, Sweden

2018 – Lilla Götafors on Götaforsliden in Mölndals Kvarnby in Mölndal (Google Streetview)

Lilla Götafors is a small water mill building on Götaforsliden in Mölndals Kvarnby in Mölndal, south of Göteborg in Sweden.

Lilla Götafors is the smaller building that lies between Stora Götafors and Upper Götafors along Götaforsliden. It currently houses meeting rooms that are rented to everything from conferences to weddings.

Mölndals Kvarnby has been named after a mill town, already mentioned in the 1300s. The water mills that lay in the village milled flour for the towns in the region. Due to hydroelectric power, and that barge traffic could be conducted on Mölndalsåns downstream, Kvarnbyn developed into an industrial society and Mölndal into an industrial resort.

Originally dominated the mill business at the expense, but in the 17th century the mills were also used to prepare blankets and stamped clothes, which were requested in the newly built city of Gothenburg. During the 1700’s paper production became one of the main activities, due to the increasing book and newspaper production. In the 19th century oil stocks were manufactured, which produced linseed oil, and their activities were later taken over by the Swedish Oil Company Company, SOAB. Oljeslager’s operations later came to be replaced by the production of color binders. The textile industry established a large number of factories, especially spinning mills.

The textile industry expanded during the 20th century and established stockings, knitted fabrics and dyes. Through the textile industry crisis in the latter part of the 20th century many factories were dropped and the last textile industry was discontinued in the early 1980s.

Milling operations continued until the 1940s, when the last mill was let down. The only preserved mill, built in 1858, is located at the Götaforsliden and has been the building memory since 1983.

More information at sv.wikipedia.org, www.lillagotafors.se and www.kvarnbyn.net.

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Kvarterhuset Amagerbro on Christian Svendsens Gade in Copenhagen – DK

September 23rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 319
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2016 – Volvo S90 at Kvarterhuset Amagerbro on Christian Svendsens Gade in Copenhagen, Denmark

2018 – Kvarterhuset Amagerbro on Christian Svendsens Gade in Copenhagen, Denmark (Google Streetview)

2018 – Kvarterhuset Amagerbro on Christian Svendsens Gade in Copenhagen, Denmark (Google Streetview)

Kvarterhuset Amagerbro is located on Christian Svendsens Gade in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Often called one of the most beautiful public spaces in Copenhagen, the Kvarterhuset Amagerbro or Neighbourhood Centre of Jemtelandsgade is living proof that nothing is more attractive than the combination of beauty and brains.

Emptying an old industrial building from 1880, Danish architect Dorte Mandrup created an unconventional arrival point for the new neighbourhood centre and added an interpretation of a treehouse in the shape of an assembly hall balancing on crooked concrete columns. Not your garden-variety neighbourhood centre! Most importantly, the centre has succeeded in housing everything from conferences and debates to concerts and children’s theatre and is now the centre of gravity for local democracy and networks.

Today, the centre also houses a local library and a café as well as office facilities on the upper floors.

The structural changes to the existing building consist primarily of the partial removal of the existing floor decks in order to create a new, triple-high foyer space running the length of the building.

In addition to this, the supporting structure in the assembly hall consists of an exposed framework of plywood covered with thermal glazing panels in pine frames.

More information at www.dortemandrup.dk and kvarterhuset.kk.dk.

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Vemork powerstation in Rjukan – N

September 23rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 318
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1980 – Volvo 244 D6 at Vemork powerstation near Rjukan, Norway

2018 – View from Rv37 on Vemork powerstation in Rjukan, Telemark, Norway (Google Streetview)

2018 – View from Rv37 on Vemork powerstation in Rjukan, Telemark, Norway (Google Streetview)

Vemork is the name of a hydroelectric power plant outside Rjukan in Tinn, Norway. The plant was built by Norsk Hydro and opened in 1911, its main purpose being to fix nitrogen for the production of fertilizer. At opening, it was the world’s largest power plant with a capacity of 108 MW.

Vemork was later the site of the first plant in the world to mass-produce heavy water developing from the hydrogen production then used for the Haber process. During World War II, Vemork was the target of Norwegian heavy water sabotage operations. The heavy water plant was closed in 1971, and in 1988 the power station became the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

A new power plant was opened in 1971 and is located inside the mountain behind the old.

Today the building houses the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum (Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum) which is an industrial museum located at Rjukan in Tinn, Norway. Located in the Vemork power station, it was established in 1988 to allow the preservation of industrial society created by Norsk Hydro when they established themselves in Rjukan in 1907. The museum is an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.visitrjukan.com and en.wikipedia.org.

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Låtefossen waterfalls in Odda – N

September 23rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 317
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2017 – Volvo V60 Cross Country at Låtefossen waterfalls on RV 13 in Odda, Norway

2017 – Volvo V60 Cross Country at Låtefossen waterfalls on RV 13 in Odda, Norway

2018 – Låtefossen waterfalls on RV13 in Odda, Norway (Google Streetview)

2018 – Låtefossen waterfalls on RV13 in Odda, Norway (Google Streetview)

Låtefossen or Låtefoss is a waterfall located in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland County, Norway. The 165-metre tall waterfall is unique and thus it is a well-known tourist attraction in the area. It is special in that it consists of two separate streams flowing down from the lake Lotevatnet, and as they fall, the join together in the middle of the waterfall, just before going under the Norwegian National Road 13, making for a spectacular (and wet) view as one drives over the old, stone, six-arched bridge.

Famous twin-waterfall close to route 13. Låtefoss is the king among our waterfalls and an internationally famous attraction.

At the southern end of the waterfall, you might follow the path leading to where the hotel was previously lying. Today you only observe the ruins of the hotel estate.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and visitnorway.com.

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Lot #29 on Gothersgade in Copenhagen – DK

September 23rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 316
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2017 – Volvo V40 at Lot #29 on Gothersgade 29 in København Danmark

2018 – Lot #29 on Gothersgade in Copenhagen

2018 – Lot #29 on Gothersgade in Copenhagen, Denmark (Google Streetview)

Lot #29 is Copenhagen’s most New York-ish clothing store and is located in Gothersgade. The two Danish women Cecilie Kølpin and Line Hallberg combine their own clothing and jewelry designs with other labels from around the world, but primarily New York and Italy.

Gothersgade is a major street in the City Centre of Copenhagen, Denmark. It extends from Kongens Nytorv to Sortedam Lake, passing Rosenborg Castle and Gardens, Nørreport Station and Copenhagen Botanic Gardens on the way.

Every day at 11:30 am, the Royal Life Guards, who are based at Rosenborg Barracks, depart from Rosenborg Eksercerplads and march down Gothersgade and up Bredgade for the ceremonial changing of the guard at 12 noon at Amalienborg Palace Square.

Gothersgade runs along the original course of the Eastern Rampart of Copenhagen’s former Fortification Ring. Originally called Ny Kongensgade, it was established in about 1647 after the Eastern Rampart had been taken in a more northerly direction to expand the fortified city with a large new area known as New Copenhagen. At his point the street only ran to the site of today’s Nørreport Station where it met the fortifications just north-east of the North City Gate.

In 1870, after the fortifications had been decommissioned and their grounds leveled out, the street was extended to its current length.

In 1892, Copenhagen’s first public electricity plant, Gothersgade elektriske Centralstation, opened at the corner of Gothergade and Adelsgade. It was installed behind the existing house fronts towards Gothergade and was unusual for its central location.[2] It was later expanded and modernized several times. Since 1994, it had only served as a substation for distribution of electricity and central heating.

In 1920–30 the section of Gothersgade from Rosenborg Castle Gardens to Sortedam Lake was widened. In the process, Rosenborg Barracks was shortened with two bays and the drill house from 1787 and Brøndkuranstalten in front of Rosenborg Castle were demolished. A planned widening of the section of the street closest to Kongens Nytorv was later abandoned.

The prefix Gothers- in the street name refers to the Goths of the title King of the Goths and the Wends which was used by Danish kings from the 14th century until 1972. Vendersgade, which is Gothersgade’s mirror image on the other side of Frederiksborggade, refers to the Wends of the same title.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and lot29.dk.

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Nylandsveien near Barcode in Oslo – N

September 23rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 315
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2017 – Volvo V40 on Nylandsveien near Barcode in Oslo, Norway

2018 – Nylandsveien near Barcode in Oslo (Google Streetview)

The Barcode Project is a section of the Bjørvika portion of the Fjord City redevelopment on former dock and industrial land in central Oslo. It consists of a row of new multi-purpose high-rise buildings, that was completed in 2016. The developer is marketing the project as “The Opera Quarter.” There has been intense public debate about the height and shape of the buildings.

Barcode seen from The new Opera house

The Barcode buildings are between Dronning Eufemias gate (Queen Eufemia’s Street), which will be the main east–west thoroughfare in the Bjørvika neighborhood and is a stretch of what is currently Bispegata, and Trelastgata (Timber Street, a new street that during planning was also called Sporgata, Track Street), which will run alongside the rail lines to Oslo Central Station on the northern edge of the development. A line of apartment buildings will be between Dronning Eufemias gate and the Oslofjord, where the new Oslo Opera House has already been built.

Some are enthusiastic about the fresh architecture, the “champagne apartments,” and the unmatched opportunity to reshape the urban landscape and relieve pressure on a rapidly growing city without diminishing existing green space.
However, there has been widespread criticism of the heights and designs of the Barcode buildings, both from architects and from citizens of Oslo. The Barcode has been described as a barrier between the fjord and the rest of the city that will destroy Oslo’s character as an open, low-rise city with a lot of green space and cast a permanent shadow on adjacent neighborhoods for the benefit of a rich few.
The architecture has been described as chaotic, as part of a trend of spectacular buildings, which within a few years will be seen as having disfigured the city. In addition to the disruption of the very large building site, the project has been described as hostile to the urban life of the city: unbalanced in favor of private business space and with too few shopping and eating opportunities for the public, and narrow, corridor-like passages between the buildings.

The project “is among the most protested . . . ever in Oslo.” A petition campaign in opposition to the building of the high-rises received over 30,000 signatures in 2007, and according to a survey by Aftenposten in December of the same year, 71% of the population of Oslo opposed the project. In 2008 a charrette was organized to find alternatives.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.dezeen.com.

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