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13 September, 2011 No Comments

Norman Foster Black Sea Resort master plan

Among the impressive collection of projects that Norman Foster’s studio has designed, we find this master plan for the development of a tourist complex in the coast of Bulgaria’s Black Sea. This project tries to minimize the impact on the environment, and its possible gas emissions.

It will be located near the Bulgarian town of Byala divided in five neighborhoods that make up the complex that will be located on top of small hills covered with forest. The neighborhoods are: Sky Village, Wilderness Village, Meadow Village, Cape Village, and Sea Village, all of them by the sea. Its streets will be filled with trees and vegetation, but cars will not be allowed to circulate which is one of the ways to avoid gases. Residents will have to leave their car in underground garages located at the entrance of each of the neighborhoods, and in order to move around there will be electric shuttles or the possibility to have electric carts, and bicycles. The project was designed so that the entire community, 15,400 residents, could live the entire year and enjoy the area’s great climate.

This project is currently on standby as the developer Madara Bulgarian Property Fund ltd. (a company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange ) needs to find partners / investors to help them finance a portion of this development in order to finish it.

2011 Menu

12 September, 2011 No Comments

It is quite difficult to give advise but it is even harder to predict.

The fact that 2010 was characterized by the wisdom with which real estate investors operated, lead us to think that 2011 could go the same way, especially in the residential sector (heavily influenced by the lack of financing for properties that were not within the bank´s portfolio).

The engine for non-residential real estate transactions during 2011 could be malls and store space, surpassing demand for office space (mainly due to the decrease in rental income and to the turnover of some portfolio´s investors).

Due to the lack of financing many companies cannot continue to develop their regular activity, and their investment side has had to put their Real Estate assets for sale, in many cases through the common “Sale & Leaseback” method, at very attractive prices for external investors.

It is interesting to see that a crisis can also be a source of opportunities. It is especially at the end of it when one can make the best investments…. but the big question is: are we close to the end? To answer this you must pay attention to the moves investors are making.

If we take a look to the moves Amancio Ortega (Zara) is doing, we see that he is closing its SICAVs (variable income Investment Companies) to spend his money on real estate. With this money, the Ortega Family Office “Pontegadea” negotiates the purchase of buildings of financial institutions such as BBVA. This bank previously sold them to real estate fund REEF (owned by Deutsche Bank), in which BBVA went from owner to tenant. Later on, REEF started to sell these assets and, Ortega as well as many other investors, have been taking advantage of the liquidity needs financial institutions are facing, by acquiring quality properties at a discount. Besides the investments Pontegadea was doing in Spain, they are also investing in international destinations such as the US, Mexico, Portugal, France, and Germany. Pontegadea  focuses on commercial and office buildings that have long-term rental contracts, and that are located in the city’s prime location, which is the sector that better withstand the crisis (Expansión, 12/21/10)

Other great fortunes (ie. Isak Andic, owner of fashion brand Mango, who recently bought a building in Paseo de Gracia, 36) are investing in real estate. This type of investors are very well advised, and are able to see great business opportunities in the midst of this profound crisis and a broken housing market.

Read the following phrases that Albert Einstein proposed in order to overcome a crisis,

California’s Luxury Designer…. Steve Hermannnn!

28 August, 2011 No Comments

Have you ever seen a €27 million house… ?

If we take a look at this particular work of Steve Hermann, a designer of upscale homes for artists and entrepreneurs in California, we are witnesses of a showcase of modern design and minimalist luxury in architecture. The lighting is extremely well distributed around the house, enhancing its existing open spaces, and the house’s finishing touches are impeccable.

As its name emphasizes “Glass Pavilion”, the majority of its facades are made of glass. For its implementation they have chosen a particular type of glass that is especially bright and clear, the one used for cabinets of jewelry stores.

The construction was completed during the summer of 2010.
It’s an unusual residence, with an area of ​​1,289 m2, built on a large plot that allows it to maintain total privacy from neighbors. It is located in Montecito, California, although at a first glance you might think its a European home due to its design.

The owners enjoy high quality comfort and at the same time are completely surrounded by nature.
The residence counts with 5 bedrooms and 5+ bathrooms, and wide living and dining rooms. The kitchen is highly designed, spacious, bright and functional at the same time. The house also has a large wine cellar, and what can be described as corridors or areas that have been decorated with pieces of art from the owner’s collection.

It also has an unusual garage, to name it, with a space for 32 cars that currently accommodates the owner’s entire collection of classic cars.

If we look at the property from the main entrance, it gives us the idea of a one level house, because we can only appreciate a single level above the ground. However, the architect actually played with the uneven piece of land to build an inferior level, which is also quite exterior, where the garage seen in the picture is located.

It is difficult to find a flaw in the house’s design or decoration. I believe it is visually stunning and that conveys a feeling of fresh luxury …… But if I were to live in it, and if I am allowed a suggestion, it wouldn’t hurt to put some blinds in the bedrooms to avoid the morning light and to get more privacy, and perhaps to make it warmer.

From an architectural point of view, it does not add anything new, since it is similar to the Glass House designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, founding father of the theory – less is more – where we also see a minimum number of different materials used, and the avoidance of ornamental decorations. The idea being that the glass transparency allows the visitor to feel protected by the roof, but without the feeling of being inside a building because its transparency makes the exterior its decorative element.

Jean Nouvel’s Architecture – Pritzker Prize

19 August, 2011 No Comments

-Agbar Tower- Barcelona, Spain.

The tower is illuminated with thousands of LEDs (light emitting diodes) synchronized.

These LEDs create an interesting color effect such as Blau-Grana (blue and maroon), among the many other possible combinations, since this system allows to use multiple colors while consuming 80% less energy than conventional bulbs do.

- The new National Museum of Qatar, in the Middle East, presents a design that follows the lines of the natural stone referred to as the desert’s rose stone. Within the new design he incorporated the old museum. The Museum, currently under construction, is scheduled to open to the public in 2013.

The Pritzker Architecture Prize rewards architects who show, through their projects, great creativity and who build functional and high quality construction buildings, thus contributing to enrich humanity.

Among the architects who receive this annual award presented by the U.S. Company HYATT, we find Jean Nouvel (France 1945) who was awarded with it in 2008.

Mr Nouvel welcomes every new project without any preconceived ideas, which is why each of his works differs from his previous projects. However, there are common elements throughout his work such as transparency, light and shadows, and the search for the harmonious integration of his work with the surrounding environment.

2010 World Expo Shanghai, China

17 August, 2011 No Comments

Much has been said about the Expo, which closed its doors on October 31 2010, but there are always uncovered pictures and details that dazzle and we were not aware of. The central theme of the exhibition is “A Better City, A Better Life,” representing the common desire of all societies to have urban nucleus in accordance with modern life, welfare and sustainable development.

At this Expo, cities were able to directly participate, and for that reason, a space referred to as Best Urban Practices Area was created, where several cities around the world presented their experiences and proposals, as well as their point of view of a better model of urban development. Spain was represented by three cities: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao.

Given the size and the number of participating countries, the Expo was considered the largest international exhibition to date, with the representation of 192 states and 50 international organizations.

The Chinese Pavilion aimed to show visitors the Chinese culture and its traditions. Its shape was inspired by the ancient Chinese imperial crowns, and the facade, with four columns and a central body in the form of a truncated pyramid, is covered with painted steel beams, twisted in accordance to the Dougong Technique. The ceiling has the shape of a Sudoku. The urban development in China from old times to present times was shown in the Pavilion.

The Expo Cultural Center, designed by the ECADI team of Chinese Architects, was one of the 5 buildings that would remain intact after the Expo disappeared. It looks like a flying saucer, which at night, becomes what appears to be a floating city.

The EXPO HUB, a 1km walk that acts as the access point of the streets and the river, is built with a plastic membrane supported by 50 masts and six funnel-shaped columns.

this picture is the interior of one of the pavilions. They delve into different aspects of urban development:

* The Thematic Pavilion: based on the architectural techniques Shikumen (typical of Shanghai), with two facades with an origami design.

* The Urbanian Pavilion: dedicated to people living in cities. Made by the Dutch architect Herman Kossmann and Mark Jong

* City Hall Being: shows the daily life in the cities, seen as living organisms.

* The Urban Planet Pavilion: represents the process of urbanization at a global level and its interaction with the environment and the countryside.

* The Urban Footprints Pavilion: its purpose was to cover the development of cities from ancient times to current times.

BRASIL, limits the purchase of Brazilian land to foreign investors.

11 August, 2011 No Comments

Last summer, the Brazilian Government put a limit on the purchase of land foreigners can buy, in order to avoid price speculation as well as the illegal production of biofuels. The government allowed the purchase of a maximum of 100 hectares with the condition that it must be registered.

Biofuels originate from the derivation of biomass, especially created for this purpose, becoming a renewable resource, as a counterpart to fossil fuels. Biofuels have been created to replace traditional fuels, which are harmful to the environment, with the advantages of being biodegradable, environmentally friendly and renewable.

Brazil has discovered that its engine to growth and development is based on executing large infrastructures, investments and technological innovations, which turns it into a great time for promotion and investment.

The real estate sector in Brazil also has its challenges and difficulties such as: the current inflation in land prices, the rising construction costs, and the bureaucratic difficulties in some organs that forbids the entry of international builders and developers. The Brazilian ADMINISTRATION should prioritize the resolution of these issues and thus speed up the international real estate investment. The administration is already working on it, by gradually reducing the required paperwork, which has allowed the entrance of a number of listed Real estate investment companies or REITs and portals that highlight/promote the advantages of investing in real estate in Brazil. As a consequence, the area has increased its value by 30% during 2009, such as Natal or Fortaleza.

There are several real estate developers who personally have told me that they run out of product in a considerably short period of time once it becomes available in the market, and in some cases is sold over planes. Bear in mind that only in the country’s domestic residential market there is a deficit of eight million homes in the short term (e.g, buyers of first residences ), and the fact that Brazil is hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, it will cause significant property investments …The opportunity for new investments in infrastructure (roads, bridges, hotels, etc. .) will become available soon, in other words, new business opportunities in the largest economy of Latin America and the 8th world economy, according to World Bank data. Brazil is a stable economy with a consolidated democracy.

Given such a favorable market situation, and features so difficult to find in current times, I recommend that each one of you analyze the information above mentioned and come up with a personal conclusion.

Invest in Natal – Brasil

17 March, 2010 No Comments

Last week we were in the real estate fair Natal (Brazil), IX Salão Imobiliário DO RN, held in the Natal Convention Center, from 10 to 14 March 2010.

The sensations that caused us Natal just when we arrived in the city, is that it’s in urban development, where currently are construction a large number of apartment buildings, condominiums and other real estate developments, both to the consumption of Brazilian emerging middle class to foreign investors who see Brazil as a rising economy and potential return on investment within a short period.

Natal is the capital of Rio Grande do Norte in northeastern Brazil. Those who live here can enjoy over 400km of magnificent beaches, many of which are protected by reefs and natural pools, interspersed with rivers, freshwater lakes, sand dunes and cliffs of colors. Natal is very clear, cheerful and sunny.

In the real estate fair, we could see ourselves that Brazil is in a great economic growth. Building contractors, property developers and real estate companies were present to offer visitors the many real estate developments for sale in Natal city, as in the rest of the state Rio Grande do Norte.

All these real estate developments will be announced very soon in the New Homes Real Estate Portal.

New Homes International Portal

2 December, 2009 No Comments

The aim of New Homes International Portal is to provide our visitors information about the best international real estate developments.

New Homes International Portal

On the New Homes International Portal you will find details of new property developments currently under way all over the world. You will also find a large number of property development companies providing information about their latest new property projects, together with individual property owners advertising new homes for sale.

In addition to the advertised real estate developments, this site is offering helpful information to the buyer in the different
countries: legal steps to buy real estate, taxes, socio-politic, economic and general ideas of the choosen country to invest in. All together will be a basic tool for investors to decide between the different countries.