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:
For more info: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/06/el-helicoide-shopping-mall-that-became.html?m=1
Found for 2 points:
rob de wolff
And after the hint for 1:
We are still having issues with the commenting feature for the site. It appears that the notification going back to the commenter is not working. If you entered a comment, but do not see your name in the list, let Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paul (email@example.com) know so we can investigate further.
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.
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:
And with the hint:
Congratulations to Garfield and Lighthouse, our series winners with perfect 20-for-20 scores for contests 541-550!!
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.