From the architect (Jose Luis Bermejo Martín). On January 2, 2013, a unique work which will become an iconic tourist landmark opened on the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Abrante Lookout, northeast of the island, in the municipality of Agulo. The chosen site is located on top of the Abrante cliff, 620 m above sea level, on the edge of an impressive cliff with a vertical drop of 200 meters, a challenge to the construction of the project, and a challenge to the visitor.
The site presents ideal conditions to locate a lookout in which multiple services are offered, and is a resting place for pedestrians. The peculiarity of this lookout is the seven meter cantilever above the void, with the floor and walls made of structural glass, bound with a metal structure at the top and supported on reinforced concrete beams. It was built on the same site as the previous lookout, where a simple stone wall served as a parapet, giving a greater sense of vertigo.
Designing and constructing a church has never been an easy task for architects. It is a challenge to create a space not meant for accomodation or further customization, but a space that has its own soul, gives an aura of serenity and conveys intimate spiritual experience. This particular church, completed in 2008 in a town La Laguna on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain), is a challenge well done by Fernando Menis of the Menis Arquitectos.
The building consists of four volumes, visually separated by rifts in the walls that align into cross on the front nave. Apart from the obvious symbolic function they allow the daylight into the interior which strengthens the calm meditative atmosphere. The whole structure takes up more than 1000 m² and cost 600,000 euro.
The cost of buying property in the Canaries fell by 9.8 per cent while Balearic Islands prices grow up
According to recent data, demand for Real Estate in Spain's Balearic Islands is growing strong. Many people who choose to buy a property in Spain's Balearic Islands do so because of the aspirational nature of the archipelago.
Despite the Balearic Islands' appeal to overseas buyers, the value of homes in the archipelago - and on the Canary Islands - has fallen during the economic crisis that has hit Spain and other European nations.
The most recent figures published by Tinsa revealed the cost of buying a property in either the Canaries or Balearics fell by 9.8 per cent between March 2012 and the same month a year earlier. However, this is still below the average national decline of 11.5 per cent during the same period.
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