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The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris and one of the most recognized structures in the world. More than 200,000,000 have visited the tower since its construction in 1889,including 6,719,200 in 2006,making it the most visited paid monument in the world.Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 325 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.

When the tower was completed in 1889 it was the world’s tallest tower — a title it retained until 1930 when New York City’s Chrysler Building (319 m — 1,047 ft tall) was completed. The tower is now the fifth-tallest structure in France and the tallest structure in Paris, with the second-tallest being the Tour Montparnasse (210 m — 689 ft), although that will soon be surpassed by Tour AXA (225.11 m — 738.36 ft).

Key figures

• Initial height: 312 m (to the top of the flagpole)

• Current height (including antennas): 324 m

• The deepest foundations: (North and West) lie 15 meters

underground. In each of these foundations, four pillars of masonry

are built, which bear the four uprights of each leg of the Tower,

known as rafters.

• Total weight: 10,100 tons

• Weight of the iron structure: 7,300 tons

• Space between the pillars:

1st platform: 4,415 m2

2nd inner platform: 1,430 m2

3rd inner platform: 250 m2

• Height of the platforms:

1st platform: 57 m

2nd inner platform: 115 m

3rd inner platform: 276 m

• Lighting: 336 600-W projector lamps (sodium lamps).

• Number of bulbs for the Sparkling Tower: 20,000

• Number of steps in the East pillar to the top: 1,665

• Number of rivets (total): 2,500,000

• Weight of paint used: 60 tons for each repainting campaign

• Time required for painting: the Eiffel Tower was repainted

in its entirety every seven years.

• Number of elevators: From the ground to the second floor:

5 (one in the East pillar, one in the West pillar, one in the North

pillar, one private elevator in the South pillar for the “Jules Verne”

restaurant and one goods elevator in the South pillar). From the

second floor to the top: two sets of two duolifts.

• Elevator speed: 2 meters/second.

• Passenger flow and capacity of the elevators

North pillar: 920 persons/hour

East pillar: 650 persons/hour

West pillar: 650 persons/hour

Duolifts: 1,140 persons/hour

Jules Verne: 10 persons/ascent

Goods elevator in the South pillar: 30 persons or 4 tons/ascent

• Number of persons working on the Tower:

SNTE: 280

Restaurants: 240

Souvenirs: 50

Other: around 50

• Number of analogical TV stations: 6

• Number of free digital TV stations: 30

• Number of radio stations: 31

• Number of antennas: 120

How to build the Eiffel Tower

source –tour-eiffel.fr \wikipedia

British Airways has agreed to buy small French business airline l’Avion for 68 million euros (52 million pounds) and it will become part of its new OpenSkies unit, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday.OpenSkies started on June 19 a Paris Orly to New York JFK connection with a Boeing 757 while l’Avion operates two Boeing 757 planes between Orly and New York Newark.
Privately-owned l’Avion was originally called Elysair and specialises in business travel. It was one of the last remaining trans-Atlantic all business airlines as the sector was savaged by high fuel prices and cutbacks on business travel.It was founded by pilot Frantz Yvelin and Marc Rochet, chief executive, who formerly ran Air Liberte
L’Avion started in January 2007 and has transported 65,000 passengers. The acquisition price includes l’Avion’s cash reserves of 33 million euros.



South African born artist Marlene Dumas set a new record this month for the most expensive living female artist, when her painting The Visitor, fetched £3.1 million (R47 million) at a Sotheby’s auction.
Dumas’s painting was sold to New York private dealer Nancy Whyte at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale held in London on the 1st of July. The £3,177,250 million bid for the painting surpasses Dumas’ previous record of £1.8 million set in February 2005.
The painting shows six young sex-workers in a room looking towards a door at the end of the room. The poses of the women suggest that they are competing for their trade while anticipating the imminent arrival of a client. Described by Sotheby’s as a psychologically challenging and strikingly beautiful painting, The Visitor is a large scale (180cm x 300cm) depiction of a group of female streetwalkers.












The Beach House at Manafaru Maldives is located in the Haa Alifu Atoll in the Northern Maldives and is surrounded by coral reef lagoons. Upon arrival at Malé International Airport, guests will be met by a representative from The Beach House who will transport them to the 45 minute domestic flight. This allows guests the chance to fly over some of the most beautiful Maldivian islands. The Beach House not only benefits from having some absolutely stunning natural beaches but it also has a wealth of vegetation which is very rare in the Maldives.The Manafaru Retreat encompasses of a selection of beach villas, water villas and grand water suites. Each villa is totally private surrounded by lush tropical vegetation with a private pool and sala. Villas offer intimate luxury and are designed in a contemporary style with sleek lines and chic minimalism, as the spectacular views of the surrounding beauty are the main focal point. This is complemented with rich dark woods, crisp white linens and natural fabrics. Each of the villas also come fully equipped with a range of state of the art amenities which include a flat screen LCD TV, CD and DVD players, high speed internet access, coffee making machine, Egyptian cotton linens and pillow menu, terrace sun bed, double bathroom and dressing area, oversized terrazzo bath, hairdryer, personal safe and mood enhancing lighting. Seven nights at The Beach House start at from £1,779 per person.

The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles 1967 ‘ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has sold for a whopping £541,250 ($1m) at an auction in London. The skin was sold at Christie’s Auction House in the capital (July 10) for almost four times the estimated price. It was part of a large rock memorabilia auction which also featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Ella Fitzgerald lots.
The album was the first of the concept albums, a format that was repeated many times through the 70s.
The meaning of the song lyrics are still debated today. Was ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ really about LSD or just something John’s son Julian said’ Does John really refer to Paul being dead when you play the inner groove backwards’The cover also featured an array of personalities. Look for Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, Dion, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Munroe, and Sigmund Freud on the cover.


CCTV’s new 550,000 square meter headquarters, to be completed for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, will be among the first of 300 towers to be constructed in Beijing’s new Central Business District. On the 10-hectare site in the new Central Business District in Beijing, the OMA proposal consolidates the program in an iconic configuration of two high-rise buildings.The design of the new Central Chinese Television (CCTV) headquarters defies the popular conception of a skyscraper and it broke Beijing’s building codes and required approval by a special review panel. The standard systems for engineering gravity and lateral loads in buildings didn’t apply to the CCTV building, which is formed by two leaning towers, each bent 90 degrees at the top and bottom to form a continuous loop.

The total development is 5 813 000ft² (540 000m²) consisting of two main buildings: the CCTV building and the Television Cultural Centre (TVCC).The new centre combines administration with news, broadcasting, studios and programme production – the entire TV process – in a sequence of interconnected activities.This first building is not a traditional tower, but a continuous loop of horizontal and vertical sections that establish an urban site rather than point to the sky. The irregular grid on the building’s facades is an expression of the forces travelling throughout its structure.It would be a significant structural challenge anywhere in the world, but is especially so as Beijing is in a highly seismic zone. Arup carried out a huge amount of work to demonstrate structural stability in order to satisfy local planning needs.A Media Park forms a landscape of public entertainment, outdoor filming areas and production studios as an extension of the central green axis of the CBD.Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren will be partners-in-charge. The OMA design team will consist of Shohei Shigematsu, Adrianne Fisher, Hiromasa Shirai, Anu Leinonen, Charles Berman and many others. Qingyun Ma from Shanghai will be advisor to the project.
The CCTV Headquarters will be realized in collaboration with ECADI, the East China Architecture & Design Institute from Shanghai.Cecil Balmond and his team of Ove Arup & Partners will be responsible for the structural and mechanical engineering.OMA will collaborate with its media and research branch AMO.

source –arup /arcspace