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Arche Nebra on An der Steinklöbe in Nebra – D

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 305
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2008 - Volvo S80

2008 – Volvo S80 at Arche Nebra – Die Himmelsscheibe erleben on An der Steinklöbe 16 in Nebra, Germany (photograpy by Anatol Kotte)

2008 - Volvo S80

2008 – Volvo S80 at Arche Nebra – Die Himmelsscheibe erleben on An der Steinklöbe 16 in Nebra, Germany 2008 (photograpy by Anatol Kotte)

2017 – Arche Nebra on An der Steinklöbe in Nebra in Germany (Google Streetview)

2017 – Arche Nebra on An der Steinklöbe in Nebra in Germany (Google Streetview)

Arche Nebra or Die Himmelsscheibe erleben is a visitor centre located on An der Steinklöbe 16 in Nebra, Germany.

Nebra Ark is also known as The Sky Disc Experience. The Nebra Ark Visitor Centre takes you to the fascinating world of the Nebra Sky Disc. The visitor centre near the place of discovery of this unique treasure connects archaeology and astronomy and presents the exiting history of the famous bronze disk in an innovative interaction of scientific information and lively display. Core of the “Nebra Ark” is the planetarium. This show makes the complex knowledge encoded on the Nebra Sky Disk understandable.

The “Himmelsauge“(Sky eye) at the discovery place connects sky and earth exactly at the location at which the image of the sky lay undetected in the ground for 3.600 years. The lookout tower, 30 m high, allows views like at the bronze age and makes the bronze age astronomy comprehensible. A vertical section divides the building and marks the viewing axis to the “Harz massif” (A mountainous area) with the mountain Brocken. Also today it can still be observed, how the sun goes down behind this prominent landmark at the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.himmelswege.de and www.himmelsscheibe-erleben.de.

Thanks to Changyoung Jeong for finding this location!

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Gare do Oriente on Av. Dom João II in Lisbon – P

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 304
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2006 Volvo V70

2006 – Volvo V70 at Av. Dom João II near Oriente Station or Gare do Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal.

2017 – Gare do Oriente on Av. Dom João II in Lisbon (Google Streetview)

Gare do Oriente or alternately, the Lisbon Oriente Station is one of the main Portuguese intermodal transport hubs, and is situated in the civil parish of Parque das Nações, municipality of Lisbon.

In 1994, the station was proposed as part of the modernization of the Linha do Norte, a modification to the rail line to facilitate the future development of an Oriente station. Located along Avenida D. João II, over Avenida de Berlim and Rua Conselheiro Mariano de Carvalho, the station was planned to occupy the lands once occupied by Apeadeiro dos Olivais, which was demolished in the 1990s in order to make way for the new station.

Bids for building the project on lands to be used for the 1998 exposition were solicited internationally. The concept was originally designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in 1995, and built by Necso.

The station was inaugurated on 19 May 1998, as part of the celebrations marking the opening of the Expo ’98 world’s fair.

Oriente Station is situated in an urban area of reclaimed industrial and abandoned buildings fronting the northern margin of the Tagus River, situated 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre.

Ambitious in its conception, the modernist station includes a Lisbon Metro station, a high-speed commuter and regional train hub, a local, national and international bus station, a shopping centre and a police station. The rail station was conceived with a multi-modal platform intersecting the cardinal axes for the various transport modes.

With some influence from Gothic architecture, the station bears considerable resemblance to Santiago Calatrava’s earlier Allen Lambert Galleria within Toronto’s Brookfield Place. Calatrava’s objective was to realize a new space with ample room and functionality providing multiple connections between various zones in the metropolitan area of Lisbon.

One important aspect of the station is its link to the urban environment in which it was constructed. The decision to elevate the rail line, for example, eliminated a physical barrier between the city and the Tagus River margin.[9] The station, covered in a lattice structure of glass and metal, is constructed of reinforced concrete and raised 19 metres over the roadway. By January 2011, there were eight lines that extended 510–720 metres across 309 metres platforms, between 60–70 centimetres in height.

In addition to the many galleries that are part of the station, it is connected to the Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Commercial Centre/Mall) and the Lisbon Metro through a subterranean access, as well as a first floor connection to the train platforms and a pedestrian walkway.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.portaldasnacoes.pt.

Thanks to Changyoung Jeong for finding this location!

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West 4th Street in Los Angeles – USA

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 303
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2007 – Volvo S40 at West 4th Street and South Flower Street in LA USA

2017 – West 4th Street and South Flower Street in LA (Google Streetview)

West 4th Street and South Flower Street are streets in downtown Los Angeles.

The building on the left side of South Flower Street is a car parking, owned by City National Plaza. The address is 400 South Flower Parking.

The building on the right is the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, a 112 m, 35-story hotel in Los Angeles, California, constructed between 1974 and 1976. Designed by architect John C. Portman, Jr., it is the largest hotel in LA. The top floor has a revolving restaurant and bar.

Although the top floor is numbered “35”, there are no floors numbered “7” or “13”; so technically this is only a 33-story building. The four elevator banks (each containing three cars for a total of 12) are named by colors and symbols: Red Circle (the only one that goes to “35”; the other three only go to “32”), Yellow Diamond, Green Square, and Blue Triangle. The color-coded system of directions was a later addition, as visitors found the space confusing and hard to navigate.

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

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Maasvlakteboulevard in Rotterdam – NL

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 302
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2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country at De Zandwacht on Maasvlakteboulevard at Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam in The Netherlands

2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country at De Zandwacht on Maasvlakteboulevard at Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam in The Netherlands

2017 – Maasvlakteboulevard near Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam The Netherlands (Google Streetview)

2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country on Maasvlakteboulevard at Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam in The Netherlands

2017 – Volvo V90 Cross Country on Maasvlakteboulevard at Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam in The Netherlands

2017 – Maasvlakteboulevard near Maasvlakte Strand in Rotterdam The Netherlands (Google Streetview)

Maasvlakteboulevard is a road at the North sea coast on the Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Dutch artist collective Observatorium has created a concrete installation that takes cues from the surrounding sand dunes on a Rotterdam beach.

The huge sculpture made of wood is called De Zandwacht. A large open sculpture that crowns the land reclamation of Maasvlakte 2 and offers a view on the coast of Zeeland, the North Sea, the automated container terminals and the dikes of the Slufter, a huge deposit of contaminated sands. The concrete skeleton represent three stages of dune formation. Inauguration was july 2015.

Maasvlakte 2 is a major civil engineering project in the Netherlands, constructing a new port and supporting infrastructure on reclaimed land adjoining the Maasvlakte. Approximately 2000 hectares will be reclaimed, behind a 4 km dike; approximately 1000 hectares will be used by ports related industries. It is an extension of the Port of Rotterdam.

Maasvlakte 2 is the biggest civil engineering project in the Netherlands since the Delta Works. The area opened on 22 May 2013.

On the Maasvlakte, an artificial beach was created, the Maasvlaktestrand.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.observatorium.org.

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Beal Bank Building on Pine St in San Francisco – USA

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 301
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2017 – Volvo XC60 at former Beal Bank Building on 249-299 Pine Street in SF USA

2017 – Pine St in San Francisco, USA (Google Streetview)

The Beal Bank Building is located on 249-299 Pine Street in San Francisco, USA.

Today, this building is alson know as Hong Kong Bank Building, since the Beal Bank is no longer located here. The building is from 1964 and responsbile architects were Hertzka and Knowles, Architects.

2009 – Beal Bank on Pine St SF (Google Streetview)

Pine Street is part of the Financial District, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California, that serves as its main central business district. It is home to the city’s largest concentration of corporate headquarters, law firms, insurance companies, real estate firms, banks, savings and loans, and other financial institutions. All six San Francisco Fortune 500 companies—McKesson, Wells Fargo, PG&E, Gap, Charles Schwab, and Salesforce.com—are located in the district.

The area is marked by the cluster of high-rise towers in the triangular area east of Kearny Street, south of Washington Street, west of the Embarcadero that rings the waterfront, and north of Market Street. The city’s tallest buildings, including 555 California Street and the Transamerica Pyramid, and many other tall buildings, such as 101 California Street and 345 California Street are located there. Montgomery Street (sometimes called “Wall Street of the West”) is the traditional heart of the district.

Since the 1980s, restrictions on high rise construction have shifted new development to the adjacent South of Market area surrounding the Transbay Transit Center. This area is sometimes called the South Financial District by real estate developers, or simply included as part of the Financial District itself.

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

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SoMa House on Howard St in San Francisco – USA

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 300
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2017 – Volvo XC60 at SoMa House on 967 Howard St in SF USA

2017 – Teaser for Volvo XC60 at SoMa House on 967 Howard St in SF USA

2017 – SoMa House on Howard St in San Francisco, USA. (Google Streetview)

The SoMa House in this photo, is located on Howard St in San Francisco, USA.
This modern house, architecture from Jim Jennings Architecture, had originally a facade of cor-ten steel but this was changed with stainless steel panels. The original translucent glass panels are still there.

2017 – SoMa House on Howard St in San Francisco (Jim Jennings Architecture)

South of Market (or SoMa) is a relatively large neighborhood in San Francisco, California, United States which is located just south of Market Street, and contains several sub-neighborhoods including: South Beach, Mission Bay, and Rincon Hill.

SoMa is home to many of the city’s museums, to the headquarters of several major software and Internet companies, and to the Moscone Conference Center.

Howard Street is a street in San Francisco’s South of Market District (SoMa). It begins after branching off from Van Ness Avenue near the Mission District, and then runs parallel to and between of Mission Street (to the North) and Folsom Street (to the South) towards The Embarcadero. Howard Street has the Moscone Center, Rincon Plaza, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and The University of San Francisco along its corridor.

It was named after William D. M. Howard, Leading Merchant of Yerba Buena, a native of Boston who came to California in 1839 as a cabin boy on the sailing ship California. For several years he was supercargo on Boston ships trading up and down the Pacific coast, and as such agent in charge of the collection of hides and tallow. In 1845 he and Henry Mellus formed the firm of Mellus & Howard. This firm had the most active commercial business in San Francisco in the years when the settlement was known as Yerba Buena, and in 1846 bought the property of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Howard was one of the town’s most public spirited and prosperous men and was known as the first citizen of San Francisco in the years just before the gold rush.

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

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Southern Embarcadero Fwy in San Francisco – USA

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 299
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2017 – Volvo XC60 on Southern Embarcadero Fwy or Interstate 280 in San Francisco

2017 – Southern Embarcadero Fwy in SF, USA. (Google Streetview)

The Southern Embarcadero Freeway is a highway in San Francisco, USA.

It is part of the State Route 480 (SR 480), which was a state highway in San Francisco, California, United States, consisting of the elevated double-decker Embarcadero Freeway (also known as the Embarcadero Skyway), the partly elevated Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge and the proposed and unbuilt section in between. The unbuilt section from Doyle Drive to Van Ness Avenue was to have been called the Golden Gate Freeway and the Embarcadero Freeway as originally planned would have extended from Van Ness along the north side of Bay Street and then along the Embarcadero to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The Embarcadero Freeway, which had only been constructed from Broadway along the Embarcadero to the Bay Bridge, was demolished after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and Doyle Drive is now part of U.S. Route 101. SR 480 was Interstate 480, an auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System, from 1955 to 1965. The entire route was deleted in 1991.

In the 1964 renumbering, Route 480 was designated for the full route of I-480, including the US 101 concurrency. The route was deleted from the Interstate Highway System in January 1968, with Interstate 280 being rerouted north of Daly City at the same time. The short piece of former I-480 from the junction with new I-280 (previously State Route 87) south to the Bay Bridge approach became part of I-280 (to allow I-280 to meet I-80), now named the Southern Embarcadero Freeway.

These changes were made to the state highway system in 1968; Route 480 was truncated only slightly, with the 8.80 km from I-280 to SR 1 remaining, though downgraded to State Route 480; this extension of I-280 south (the Junipero Serra Freeway) is considered the southern terminus of Junipero Serra Boulevard.

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

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Twin Peaks Boulevard in San Francisco – USA

November 19th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 298
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2017 – Volvo XC60 at Twin Peaks Boulevard on Twin Peaks in San Francisco USA.

2017 – Twin Peaks Boulevard in San Francisco USA (Google Streetview)

Twin Peaks Boulevard is a road on Twin Peaks in San Francisco in California, USA.

The Twin Peaks are two prominent hills with an elevation of about 282 m located near the geographic center of San Francisco, California. Only 283 m Mount Davidson is higher within the city.

The North and South Twin Peaks, also known as “Eureka” and “Noe” respectively, are about 200 m apart; Twin Peaks Boulevard runs a figure eight around them. The peaks form a divide for the summer coastal fog pushed in from the Pacific Ocean. Their west-facing slopes often get fog and strong winds, while the east-facing slopes receive more sun and warmth. Elevation at each summit is just over 270 m. Thin, sandy soil is commonplace on Twin Peaks, making them susceptible to erosion.

A permanent fixture of the city landscape, you get your first glimpse of Twin Peaks towering over the city as you ride across the Bay Bridge. Located in the geographical center of San Francisco with an elevation of about 925 feet (282 m), Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the bay and the ocean beyond.

On a daily basis, you will see countless bicyclists racing to the top and photographers and filmmakers jockeying for the perfect shot. The view, which spans from Ocean Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge to the Mission District and Potrero Hill, will leave you breathless. Twin Peaks should be firmly planted on any visitor’s AND local’s must-see list.

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for windy conditions if you are planning to hike to the top. There is a terrific view at the top but if you want to get the full experience, enjoy a half mile walk around the whole area. There are some relatively steep ascents and descents on this trail. You can also drive to the summit parking lot where a sidewalk curves around a portion of the hill and you can enjoy the view from a telescopic viewer for 50 cents.

There are two common ways to get to Twin Peaks by car:

The easiest way to get to the base of the mountain is by Market Street. From downtown, take Market southwest until it turns into Portola. From Portola, take a right on Twin Peaks Blvd. and follow the road up to the top.
Another route is to take Market to 17th, then go left on Clayton, then right on Twin Peaks Blvd. After you take the right, take another left to stay on Twin Peaks Blvd. and then you can wind up to the parking lot on the summit.

If you are not driving, there are also some other options:

Bike rental: You can rent a bike and take the same route to Twin Peaks as you would with a car. Please note that there are no bike lanes on this winding road so you have to be very cautious.
Hiking: Follow the same path that you would take in a car or bike. However, once you are at the base of the peaks you can choose to climb straight up the hillside rather than take the roadway.
Public transportation: There are currently no public buses that actually go to the top of Twin Peaks but you can take 37 Corbett MUNI bus close to the base of the peak and then hike up to the top.
Tour bus: Many of the tour bus operators in San Francisco include Twin Peaks on their trip.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and sfrecpark.org.

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Buro on Water Street in Vancouver – CAN

November 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 297
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2017 Volvo XC60 at Buro Espresso Bar on Water Street in The Holland Block in Gastown Vancouver Canada

2017 Volvo XC60 at Buro Espresso Bar on Water Street in The Holland Block in Gastown Vancouver Canada

2017 – BURO Espresso Bar on Water Street in Vancouver, Canada (Google Streetview)

Buro, the espresso bar is located on 356 Water Street in the Holland Block in Gastown in Vancouver.

An iconic Vancouver landmark at the convergence of Water & Cordova Streets. It was built in 1892 as a hotel contributing to the vibrant street life in Gastown.
Up to this day, it remains Vancouver’s most avant-garde neighbourhood.

Buro restored the exterior facade while integrating the triangular shape into the interior architecture, all aligned with a central commune table.
Custom brass lighting was used to complement the heritage period elements in the building.

With wide open views across shop windows, Buro’s location is the gateway to the lively streets of Gastown, and your ideal setting to meet, relax, plan ahead, and make things happen.

Water Street is a street in the Gastown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is named for its proximity to the water, in this case the south shore of Burrard Inlet, and was briefly known as Front Street. Water Street is popular amongst tourists; its most famous landmark is the steam clock.

In the early to mid 20th century, Water Street was the center of Vancouver’s food, clothing and dry goods wholesale businesses. Due to Vancouver being the main port of western Canada, much of the trading of goods from east Asia went through Water Street. Water Street also housed the British and American firms that provided heavy equipment for the coastal and interior logging operations.

In the 1960s, due to limited space and rising real estate costs, the wholesale business left Water Street and gentrification occurred afterwords with shops, restaurants, offices and galleries opening on the street.

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

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Vestdijk in Eindhoven – NL

November 18th, 2017

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 296
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1978 – Volvo 66 at Vestdijk and Nieuwstraat / Dommelstraat in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2017 – Vestdijk and Nieuwstraat in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Google Streetview)

De Vestdijk is a street in Eindhoven that runs between 18 September Plein in the north to Geldropseweg in the south.

This area was heavy damaged in the WW2 during Operation Market Garden to aid the US 101st Airborne Division paratroopers in securing the bridges in and around the town on 18 September 1944, which destroyed large parts of the city Eindhoven. The reconstruction that followed left very little historical remains and the post-war reconstruction period saw drastic renovation plans in high-rise style, some of which were implemented. At the time, there was little regard for historical heritage; in the 1960s, a new city hall was built and its neo-gothic predecessor (1867) demolished to make way for a planned arterial road that never materialised.

1973 – Vestdijk and Nieuwstraat in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The early 20th century saw additions in technical industry with the advent of car and truck manufacturing company Van Doorne’s Automobiel Fabriek (DAF) and the subsequent shift towards electronics and engineering, with the traditional tobacco and textile industries waning and finally disappearing in the 1970s.

Eindhoven is a municipality and a city in the south of the Netherlands, originally at the confluence of the Dommel and Gender streams. The Gender was dammed short of the city centre in the 1950s and the Dommel still runs through the city. The city has a population of 223,220 in January 2015, making it the fifth-largest municipality of the Netherlands and the largest in the province of North Brabant.

Close to the Vestdijk, you will find the Philips Museum and the DAF Museum.

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

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