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Casa Corallo / Paz Arquitectura

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Casa Corallo in Guatemala City. The luxurious home, which was designed by Paz Arquitectura, was built into a lush hillside in Guatemala City’s Santa Rosalía area. The house isn’t just surrounded by trees; it actually has mature trees growing right through the living room. Working with a site that was full of dozens of big trees, the design team and builders chose to integrate the modern home into the existing landscape, laying the foundation around the growth...

 

Project name: Casa Corallo
Location: Santa Rosalía, Guatemala City, Republic of Guatemala
Type:
Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Luxury House
Type By Site: Forest House
Type By Size: Large House - (more than 650 sqm)
Type By Structural: Concrete House
Materials: Reinforced concrete, masonry, laminate glass, tempered glass, treated wood, manchiche wood and steel structure
Floor count: 3
Site area: 1876.18 sqm
Built Area: 747.50 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Status: Built
Completion Year: 2011


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I like the way the stonework on the side of the house adds a lot of style to the house, and the house is beautiful all the way around

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Secrets of the Roman Colosseum | SmithsonianMag.com

Secrets of the Roman Colosseum | SmithsonianMag.com | General contractor | Scoop.it

 

The floor of the colosseum, where you might expect to see a smooth ellipse of sand, is instead a bewildering array of masonry walls shaped in concentric rings, whorls and chambers, like a huge thumbprint. The confusion is compounded as you descend a long stairway at the eastern end of the stadium and enter ruins that were hidden beneath a wooden floor during the nearly five centuries the arena was in use, beginning with its inauguration in A.D. 80. Weeds grow waist-high between flagstones; caper and fig trees sprout from dank walls, which are a patchwork of travertine slabs, tufa blocks and brickwork. The walls and the floor bear numerous slots, grooves and abrasions, obviously made with great care, but for purposes that you can only guess.

 

The guesswork ends when you meet Heinz-Jürgen Beste of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome, the leading authority on the hypogeum, the extraordinary, long-neglected ruins beneath the Colosseum floor. Beste has spent much of the past 14 years deciphering the hypogeum—from the Greek word for “underground”—and this past September I stood with him in the heart of the great labyrinth.

 

“See where a semicircular slice has been chipped out of the wall?” he said, resting a hand on the brickwork. The groove, he added, created room for the four arms of a cross-shaped, vertical winch called a capstan, which men would push as they walked in a circle. The capstan post rested in a hole that Beste indicated with his toe. “A team of workmen at the capstan could raise a cage with a bear, leopard or lion inside into position just below the level of the arena. Nothing bigger than a lion would have fit.” He pointed out a diagonal slot angling down from the top of the wall to where the cage would have hung. “A wooden ramp slid into that slot, allowing the animal to climb from the cage straight into the arena,” he said.

 

Just then, a workman walked above our heads, across a section of the arena floor that Colosseum officials reconstructed a decade ago to give some sense of how the stadium looked in its heyday, when gladiators fought to their death for the public’s entertainment. The footfalls were surprisingly loud. Beste glanced up, then smiled. “Can you imagine how a few elephants must have sounded?”

 

Today, many people can imagine this for themselves. Following a $1.4 million renovation project, the hypogeum was opened to the public this past October.

 

Trained as an architect specializing in historic buildings and knowledgeable about Greek and Roman archaeology, Beste might be best described as a forensic engineer. Reconstructing the complex machinery that once existed under the Colosseum floor by examining the hypogeum’s skeletal remains, he has demonstrated the system’s creativity and precision, as well as its central role in the grandiose spectacles of imperial Rome.

 

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I think it's cool that masonry goes back so far in history, this is why I got into it. I get to learn how it's done now and learn about how it used to be done.

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