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Old 08-11-2019, 05:02 PM
 
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Torre Alco Paradisso

Torre Alco Paradiso is visible from several places and catches the attention of passerby's. It's a residential building with a design by a Dominican architect. The facade of the building is very ornate, but the glass center gives it a mix of the traditional and the modern. The base is very ornate and the lobby is very luxurious. No doubt this building is an example of Post-Modern architecture in Santo Domingo.







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Old 08-11-2019, 05:27 PM
 
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Torre Mar Azul

It consist of three buildings connected to each other at certain floors. The building is an investment by a Spanish company and won the prize "The Best High Rise Development 2009". The competition included many new projects from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and other places. Personally I don't find these buildings attractive at all, except for its height which makes it one of the tallest buildings in the Caribbean. Maybe the existence of other nicer looking buildings in its vicinity takes away from the architectural design of these structures.








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Old 08-12-2019, 07:35 AM
 
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Torre M

Torre M is a distinctive residential building. Its most distinguished architectural aspect are the balconies surrounding the structure. It definitely catches the attention of many people.





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Old 08-12-2019, 08:00 AM
 
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Torre Eclipse

A modern building built by a Spanish company. Aside from its location, several aspects of the building's design attracts attention. Mostly the shape of the building and the top. At the time of the photos the building was still under construction.







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Old 08-12-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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Sambil Mall - New Photos

The Sambil Mall has new photos that allows anyone to walk through much of the mall. The photos are very recently uploaded on Google Street View, though they were taken on a weekday and it looks during the height of the day, so there wasn't many people there. Usually that place has good action, especially during the weekends.
















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Old 08-12-2019, 02:27 PM
 
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Torre Boticelli

A nice residential building that tends to jump out from the crowd by its elegant facade. It has a mansard on top and the entrance is also elegant but subdued. In this building each floor is one giant apartment and very nicely designed. Most apartments have nice views of the across the street Parque Mirador del Sur and the Caribbean Sea towards the south and of the city in the opposite direction. I tried to find an image from the park, but its basically impossible. As is the case with most buildings, it looks better in person.









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Old 08-12-2019, 04:45 PM
 
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Torre Bernardo Gabriel II

This building is very interesting. Designed by a Dominican Architect, at first it appears like a normal postmoderm building, but upon closer inspection it looks different. The base is solidly black while the building has a mesh covering on part that makes the modern appearance much more different and interesting. The sides and back has many of the windows highlighted as well.









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Old 08-13-2019, 07:49 AM
 
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Torre Lloret del Mar

This residential tower is very unique. I personally don't know what company built it, but given its name which is a resort town in Spain's 'Costa del Sol' (Sun Coast) it had to be an initiative by a Spaniard.

This is a recurrent theme because Spain unconditionally supports the DR. As a result, the DR gives Spaniards a legal privilege that doesn't exist to most other nationalities. Spaniards have a special procedure in immigration that is done separate from other groups. They have it easy for becoming legal residents and even Dominican citizens. Real estate in the major cities plus hotels and real estate in tourists regions is one of the sectors that receives much investment from Spain. In fact, Dominican tourism basically started after a Dominican minister went to Spain and not only studied the tourism industry there, but got the support of the Spanish government. Without Spain it's unlikely the DR would become a tourism powerhouse. When it comes to foreign investors, Spain usually tops several sectors and in tourism they are the owners of most major hotels not so much in Santo Domingo but definitely in some major touristic zones. Spain itself also gives preference to Dominicans, in the 1990's various groups from the Spanish embassy went to several towns in the DR southern region to let people know that Spain would give visas to basically any Dominican that asked for one at their embassy. In a short time Spain went from hardly having Dominicans to becoming the second country by a long shot with a Dominican community and the vast majority are from the South (in reality it's west of Santo Domingo, the country uses the Central Mountain Range to divide the country into three main regions plus the Santo Domingo area, hence the southwest is officially the 'south').

As for the building, it has individual windows with shutters and balconies on all sides. The entrance is grand with two lion statues protecting the entrance and a fancy roof. It also has a staircase that with the other elements becomes a luxurious main entrance. The lobby is very nice with marble floors and intimate. I find the building itself to be on the ugly side, but the main entrance and the lobby are very nice. The apartments are also nicely designed.






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Old 08-13-2019, 09:33 AM
 
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Grupo Martí

The new headquarters of Grupo Martí is a very recent office building. I think its not even a year old yet. The structure stands out due to four major aspects. First, the building is a glass box. The top part has a subdued but elegant design with various triangles holes and several columns, making the structure on that floor being further back from the rest of the building. The bottom floor have several triangular shapes that separates that from the rest of the building. At the corner is a giant triangular mirror with a replica of the truck the company was founded in the 1960's. The building was design by a Dominican architect.





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Old 08-14-2019, 03:18 PM
 
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Ruinas del Ingenio Engombe

The site is within the Parque Mirador del Oeste on the bank of the Haina River in the municipality of Santo Domingo Oeste. The Ruinas del Ingenio Engombe dates from the early 1500's and was one of the first sugar mills in the Western Hemisphere. The ruins consist of the main manor house that belong to the Spanish owner and his family, a private chapel with a giant tree in front that most likely already existed when it was first built, and other ruins scattered around the immediate area. The area is still very rustic, some say original. It's on the list of the UN to become another World Heritage Site.


The main house belonging to the owner. Notice the similarities with the Alcázar de Colón in Santo Domingo and Hernan Cortés house in Cuernavaca, Mexico.














The private chapel has survived the 500 plus years, except the inside materials such as the benches and the altar.


The giant tree is in front of the chapel. Most likely it already existed when the buildings were constructed. If only the trunk can talk of what it witnessed during the past five centuries! It looks ita age not only by its size, but also the relatively few leaves point to the tree living its final years.
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