Contest #554: El Helicoide, Caracas, Venezuela

El Helicoide is a building in Caracas, Venezuela. It has the shape of a three-sided pyramid and is built on a hill. It serves as a facility and prison belonging to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN).

It did not start out as a prison. Designed by the architects Pedro Neuberger, Dirk Bornhorst and Jorge Romero Gutiérrez, the idea included a commercial center and exhibition of industries, a 5-star hotel, a park, a club of owners and on the seventh level a show palace. The building would include a 4 km long ramp spiralling around the hill, allowing vehicles to enter the building and park inside of it.

Topped by a dome designed by Buckminster Fuller:

Under construction:

For more info: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/06/el-helicoide-shopping-mall-that-became.html?m=1

Found for 2 points:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • rob de wolff
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Sandworm

And after the hint for 1:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • gscrp
  • Paul Voestermans
  • BC11

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Contest #552: the site of the Chicago Spire, Chicago, Illinois, US

The round hole in this week’s contest image is the site of the not-built Chicago Spire, which was intended to be one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. However, due to financial issues, it was shelved and all that is left is s hole.

The hint referred to the rotation of 2.4 degrees of each of the 150 floors, giving a total rotation of 360 degrees from bottom to top.

In recent days, plans have been announced for the construction of two tall towers in this location.

Click here to read Chicago Tribune article from May 15, 2018

The proposed tower:

All there is now:

Found for 2 points, despite the fact that it’s just a hole in the ground:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Ben Bayer
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • Sandworm
  • rob de wolff
  • Glenmorren

After the hint:

Contest #550: Sturgeon Point Villas, St. Albert, Alberta

This week was a visit to close to my home. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but was out for a run in St. Albert. We passed this strangely shaped apartment building that was even more strange from aloft and I thought it would make a good and difficult contest.

The snake-like building is the Sturgeon Point Villa apartment building, alongside the Sturgeon River.

Finding this location without the hint:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower

And with the hint:

  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy

Congratulations to Garfield and Lighthouse, our series winners with perfect 20-for-20 scores for contests 541-550!!

Contest #547: The Big House/Landshipping, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

This location was given to me by my wife who saw the house featured on BBC’s Restoration Home.



The original house was built in 1750, and has seen many owners and much work. It was featured on the BBC program while undergoing a huge project of restoration. The house was owned by the owner of the Landshipping Coal Company, and a major disaster occurred in February 1844 when the coal mine flooded trapping 58 miners. 40 drowned as a result.



Found before the BBC jumped in to help out:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower

After the hint:

  • Gillian B
  • Sandworm
  • gscrp
  • Jeather
  • hhgygy
  • Chris Nason
  • Eloy Cano