The London Festival of Architecture will exhibit our project The Island of Adria

The London Festival of Architecture has an international part – architectural showcase Atlas of the Unbuilt World. We are proud to announce it will exhibit our project – the Island of Adria. The exhibition will be held at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Royal Ear Hospital, corner of Huntley Street and Capper Street, London,  7 – 27 June 2013.pr2_slika4

About The Island of Adria:

THE ISLAND OF ADRIA

The impotence of politics, the strength of art.

It would appear that politics represents the absolute and only truth and the right way to guide and govern a society. Contrary to this, there is art – liberated from the limits of time and capable of creating visions and views which stretch beyond the possible or imaginable. Politics acts in a safe haven of its own despotism and its amputated ideas and visions forcing art to create time according to its own path and rules.

A perfect example of such political impotence is the search for a solution for a maritime boundary agreement between Slovenia and Croatia. An artificial island is one possible solution.

The artificial island has two main purposes. Firstly, as a general tourist attraction and secondly as a symbol of coexistence of the three surrounding neighbouring countries (Croatia, Italy and Slovenia). All three own the island. All three countries can access the International water and according to the UN convention on the Law of the Sea, maritime boundaries between the countries become irrelevant. The distance between the island and the land of all three countries is between 8-12 nautical miles and the size of the island is approx. 20 ha.

The island is designed as a lagoon with the hotel complex in the marine, with central activities and hotel rooms in the upper level, and entertainment and education in the underwater part.

In the inner lagoon there is a rotating tower with a lighthouse and panoramic restaurant as a symbolic element – tall enough (50 metres) to enable a view of all three countries and to be seen from all three countries. Additionally there are three more islands (symbolic) for golf courses.

The starting sea depth is 30 metres. The basic construction of the island is formed by lamp-holders, prefabricated elements from reinforced concrete and metal construction. Some parts of the island are floating. The hotel complex is built from the seabed in statically dynamic relation with other constructed parts of the island. The island is self-sufficient in terms of energy (water systems, wind, and sun). Water is supplied by desalination and from the land. Recycling systems are also incorporated.

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Oryx Island reminds us of Island of Adria

Barwa Real Estate unveils $5.5bn Oryx Island development off the coast of Doha for spectators of 2022 World Cup

Barwa Real Estate has unveiled plans to construct a $5.5bn island off the coast of Doha at Cityscape Qatar with a short presentation of the development uploaded to YouTube on Monday 27 May. The Oryx Island film credits HOK and ABS and spreads over 2 million sq m away from the hustle and bustle of the thriving city of Doha.

With five floating hotels, an open-air theatre pavilion, commercial district, leisure areas and various residential options, Oryx Island has been designed to provide temporary accommodation during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. A series of venues are also planned for spectators to enjoy the football matches from the island.

See more:

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=22627

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Get back in sync with nature

One of the latest projects of Aleš Šeligo. Houses are integral part of beautiful landscape, far away from the madding crowd …

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Imagine Your Ideal Holiday – Hawaii Tourist Resort on Palm Trees

 

The architecture of the buildings is designed in accordance with buildings that have been built-in the area for thousands of years.  The most typical characteristic is the placement of the buildings on palm trees

 

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HAWAII (tourist eco resort)

Due to the fact that almost ¾ of our planet is covered with water, the name planet Earth should really be named after water.  Earth and water: the two elements that make up the perimeter of our planet. Does the border that separates them and their contact represent the “divine, energy” line of our evolutionary awareness?

The Pacific Islands give the impression that the land is countering the water; as the two elements are in constant conflict although they cannot exist without each other. There is no island without water. Perhaps herein lie the reason for its perfection?

The project of a tourist resort on the island Maui, part of the Hawaii archipelago answers this question.

The architecture of the buildings is designed in accordance with buildings that have been built in the area for thousands of years. The primary function of the buildings is taken into consideration. The most typical characteristic is the placement of the buildings on palm trees (primary construction principle, security, climate conditions), the use of local materials (bamboo and palm wood) and natural draining systems, (achieving passive ventilation through semi conductive walls and roof). The floor plan and its modularity  are adjusted to the modern lifestyle.The objects are interwoven with untouched nature, the earth and the land represent “all or nothing”, and we cannot change, add or take away anything. The architecture allows the visitor to become a part of the homogeneity already existing everything in everything as“all or nothing”.

The project received an award in an international architectural competition.

Waimea Valley, Hawaii

 

 

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Is it a time to build a new “Motherland of man” to bring back humanity? The Virus project

Development of a new continent with new advanced technologies, that enable self-sufficiency; with appropriate social order and catarthical purification of inhabited human population; humanity will get a new “embryo” that will spread like a virus, impossible to stop or destroy.

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THE VIRUS PROJECT  – revival of the idea of mystical land “Mu

Among the arts and all its forms, architecture is possibly the most responsible to humanity. Together they build civilizations and therefore architecture is responsible for the evolutionary development of our existence. It is possible to avoid other art forms, but it is impossible to avoid architecture. Architecture follows, guides and touches people every step of the way – either unknowingly or with its full power; without needing to go to the theater or read a book or visit a gallery, Architecture is and always will be the accompanying art of the governing class, who also depend on it, sometimes as a blind servant. This is clearly evident in architectural creations that have been used as a means of political manifestation and at times they are the peak of indoctrination of certain ideologies or repressions.

It is the mission, tendency and the duty of an architect to constantly look for something new. The architect and his or her creations must not be the reflection of current fashionable trends or be considered a tool in the hands of the governing class to quench its current governing thirst.

It appears that the current period of evolution is saturated; as though it were wandering aimlessly; as though it has lost its inner driving force. We need a solution to this torpid state, where architecture is unaware of its own destiny and lacks clear focus, with financial profit as the only magnified moral category. 

This solution does not involve a cataclysm or absolute redemption, but is to be found in ourselves. It is impossible to solve the problem of our own destiny with the same way of thinking that created the problem. It is the obligation of each individual through his or her creative life cycle to give more back to civilization, and to improve upon the civilization one knew while growing up. This is the only conscious way to achieve the catharsis of the future.

The basis for these Virus project lies in the mythological continent “Mu”. The continent arose and later disappeared in human history. It was located in the Pacific Ocean inhabited by “refugees from other continents”.

Mirroring events of the past, the Virus project now provides construction of a new continent in the area of the lost continent “Mu”.

Development of a new continent with new advanced technologies, that enable self-sufficiency; with appropriate social order and catarthical purification of inhabited human population; humanity will get a new “embryo” that will spread like a virus, impossible to stop or destroy.

It is said that the ancient “Mu” disappeared when human civilization appeared. Perhaps there was no need for the “Mu” after the conceptual human appeared? Now it is returning to help us find the right way….

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Lost civilizations: Atlantis, Mu, Mayan Calendar …

More info:

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Mu, as a lost Pacific Ocean continent, was later popularised by James Churchward (1851–1936) in a series of books, beginning with Lost Continent of Mu, the Motherland of Man (1926),[2]re-edited later as The Lost Continent Mu (1931).[8] Other popular books in the series are The Children of Mu (1931), and The Sacred Symbols of Mu (1933).

Churchward claimed that “more than fifty years ago,” while he was a soldier in India, he befriended a high-ranking temple priest who showed him a set of ancient “sunburnt” clay tablets, supposedly in a long lost “Naga-Maya language” which only two other people in India could read. Having mastered the language himself, Churchward found out that they originated from “the place where [man] first appeared—Mu.” The 1931 edition states that “all matter of science in this work are based on translations of two sets of ancient tablets:” the clay tables he read in India, and a collection of 2,500 stone tablets that had been uncovered by William Niven in Mexico.[8]: p. 7

Churchward gave a vivid description of Mu as the home of an advanced civilization, the Naacal, which flourished between 50,000 and 12,000 years ago, was dominated by a “white race,”[8]: p. 48 and was “superior in many respects to our own”[8]: p. 17 At the time of its demise, about 12,000 years ago, Mu had 64,000,000 inhabitants and many large cities, and colonies in the other continents.

Churchward claimed that the landmass of Mu was located in the Pacific Ocean, and stretched east–west from the Marianas to Easter Island, and north–south from Hawaii to Mangaia. He claimed that according to the creation myth he read in the Indian tablets, Mu had been lifted above sea level by the expansion of underground volcanic gases. Eventually Mu “was completely obliterated in almost a single night”[8]: p. 44: after a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, “the broken land fell into that great abyss of fire” and was covered by “fifty millions of square miles of water.”[8]: p. 50

Churchward claimed that Mu was the common origin of the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Central America, India, Burma and others, including Easter Island, and was in particular the source of ancient megalithic architecture. As evidence for his claims, he pointed to symbols from throughout the world, in which he saw common themes of birds, the relation of the Earth and the sky, and especially the Sun. Churchward claims the king of Mu was Ra and he relates this to the Egyptian god of the sun, Ra, and the Rapanui word for Sun, ra’a, which he incorrectly spells “raa.”[8]: p. 48 He claimed to have found symbols of the Sun in “Egypt, Babylonia, Peru and all ancient lands and countries – it was a universal symbol.”[8]: p. 138

Churchward attributed all megalithic art in Polynesia to the people of Mu. He claimed that symbols of the sun are found “depicted on stones of Polynesian ruins,” such as the stone hats (pukao) on top of the giant moai statues of Easter Island. Citing W.J. Johnson, Churchward describes the cylindrical hats as “spheres” that “seem to show red in the distance”, and asserts that they “represent the Sun as Ra.”[8]: p. 138 He also incorrectly claimed that some of them are made of “red sandstone”[8]: p. 89 which does not occur in the island. The platforms on which the statues rest (ahu) are described by Churchward as being “platform-like accumulations of cut and dressed stone,” which were supposedly left in their current positions “awaiting shipment to some other part of the continent for the building of temples and palaces.”[8]: p. 89 He also cites the pillars “erected by the Māori of New Zealand” as an example of this lost civilization’s handiwork.[8]: p. 158 In Churchward’s view, the present-day Polynesians are not descendants of the dominant members of the lost civilization of Mu, responsible for these great works, but survivors of the cataclysm that adopted “the first cannibalism and savagery” in the world.[8]: p. 54

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Do you want to live in harmony with nature as our ancestors? The answer is Ljubljana moor, a unique tourist resort

The core of the program plan is the new artificial lake which connects (together with existing waterways) the capital with the new resort.

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The dramatic birth of the Ljubljana Moor is said to have happened approximately 2 million years ago and was due to tectonic movements. The area is located on the threshold of the capital of Slovenia and encircled by the national motorway.

Some 6,000 years ago, the Barje lake dried up, leaving a marshy plain in its place. In its greater part, layers of peat were formed, in places even up to 9 meters thick.

Although this boggy area was in no way an ideal environment for people to settle there, numerous archaeological finds speak of the fact that the area of Ljubljansko Barje had been inhabited from the very Copper Age onward  This was the time of the prominent pile dwellings as well as of highly developed, technologically advanced and with wider European environment linked cultures, whose pottery and copper artefacts still astonish the lovers of everything beautiful.

Due to its location, accessibility and beginnings there are vast opportunities for development of tourism. The area is known for its settlers – a rare people of significant historic importance, settlers called Koliščarji – ‘lake dwellers’. Their settlements were said to be in the area 6,000 years ago.

The resort is located by Bistra Castle, on the western edge of Ljubljana Moors. Harmony between the classic hotel resort and all characteristic components of the Moor is evident from the program plan, which was developed with emphasis on harmony. The core of the program plan is the new artificial lake which connects (together with existing waterways) the capital with the new resort. Part of this lake is a protected area for animal species, and the central part will form tourist apartments, a similar principle to building as that used by the “Koliščarji”.  The size of the resort is 42 ha.

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More info about Ljubljana moors and pile dwellers 

Ljubljansko Barje, this almost 160 square kilometers large plain, originated some two million years ago through the sinking of an extensive area of the Ljubljana basin. Consequently, the local rivers deposited huge amounts of shingle and sediments there, virtually damming the Ljubljanica river where it joined the Sava and inundating the entire Barje basin at the same time. Some 6,000 years ago, the Barje lake dried up, leaving a marshy plain in its place. In its greater part, layers of peat were formed, in places even up to 9 metres thick.

Although this boggy area was in no way an ideal environment for people to settle there, numerous archaeological finds speak of the fact that the area of Ljubljansko Barje had been inhabited from the very Copper Age onwards. This was the time of the prominent pile dwellings as well as of highly developed, technologically advanced and with wider European environment linked cultures, whose pottery and copper artefacts still astonish the lovers of everything beautiful.

The regular floods at Ljubljansko Barje are the reason for centuries long attempts to drain the area. The first that tried  to curb and reclaim the Barje were the Romans, who built the first road across it and regulated the course of the Ljubljanica river in order to transport the Podpeč marble along it for the needs of building the city of Emona (the present-day Ljubljana). The attempts to drain the land became more intensive in the 16th century, when first channels and canals were built. The most notable, although not particularly successful, was the work of Gabriel Gruber at the end of the 18th century. The persistent attempt to drain the land, deepening the beds and channels, pulling down the dams on the Ljubljanica river and building new drainage channels brought first success in the first half of the 19th century, when the water level subsided enough to proceed with the planned colonisation and tilling of the Barje plain. But the fact was that it was the digging and sale of peat that was bringing more money than agriculture! The exploitation of peat caused the ground to subside and this in turn brought new floods. The struggle to drain the Barje continued until the mid-twentieth century, when the idea of creating “the granary of Europe” finally died down even in the most stubborn heads.

It is almost a miracle that in spite of all the above-mentioned attempts, nature managed to remain exceptionally diverse till this very day. The cohabitation of people and nature created a unique and highly diverse cultural landscape, an endless mosaic of meadows, litter woodlands, fields, ditches and hedges. This interlacement of different habitats is home to many plants, birds and insects that can rarely be still seen elsewhere in Slovenia in Europe. Although the Barje plain covers only 1 % of Slovenia’s territory, it is the breeding site of about a half, i.e. more than 100, of all Slovene bird species. Grassland birds, such as Corn Crake, Whinchat, Eurasian Curlew, Stonechat and Common Quail, still persist at their grassland nest-sites, but the fight against huge agricultural machinery has unfortunately already been lost by the Hoopoe, Common Snipe, Lesser Kestrel, Lesser Grey Shrike, Short-eared Owl and Montagu’s Harrier.

Along water surfaces and in the extensively farmed and relatively late in the year mown meadows we can see some rare butterflies and gaily coloured dragonflies. This boggy environment is a good shelter for amphibians and the very rare European Pond Terrapin.

At Ljubljansko Barje, nature could have followed the changes caused by man and his activities for thousands of years, but now it looks that this cohabitation is gradually coming to an end. The fact is that human encroachment upon this wetland is becoming increasingly aggressive and that the need to expand agricultural production as well as to build business – residential – industrial – commercial complexes is already beyond control.

Ljubljansko Barje is the largest Slovene and southernmost European wetland. Similar areas are a true rarity in Europe today, due mainly to the intensive farming and urbanisation. About 70 % of the European wetlands are all history now. In the 1990s, the European Union adopted, for many too late but still, the legislation with which it attempted to protect rare and endangered animal and plant species and their habitats. Ljubljansko Barje, home to numerous endangered species, has been proclaimed a Natura 2000 site.

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LJUBLJANSKO BARJE
Only a few few steps from Ljubljana’s last suburban streets spreads
Ljubljansko barje (Ljubljana Moor). This almost 15,000 hectares large
marshy plain is marked by an interminable mosaic of grasslands, litter
woodlands, fields, ditches and hedges. They host numerous endangered animal and plant species.
Ljubljansko barje of present day is a precious and unique green
space, dominated by the Ljubljanica river. Due to its natural values
it is a part of Natura 2000 network, and since 2008, a designated
Nature park. The region has been populated as early as in the
Neolithic, when the local population used to build pile – dwellings.
Remains of pile-dwellings were discovered as early as in 1875. Later,
in 2002, the world’s oldest wooden wheel was also discovered here.
Two groups of pile dwellings in Ljubljansko barje are part of a serial transnational nomination for inscription on UNESCO World
Heritage List, together with Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria
and Italy. With its outstanding universal value they contribute to an
exceptional representation of prehistoric pile dwelling civilizations,
spanning over a wide geographical area for more than 4500 years

More than 130 years have past since the first discoveries of pile dwellings in
Ljubljansko barje. Extensive excavations from the end of the 19th century
and systematic research in the 20th century have broadened our knowledge about the oldest permanent population in the Ljubljana basin. More
than 40 pile dwellings have been identified to this day, with the last one
discovered as late as in 2009 in Ljubljana. Since the first pile dwellings were
discovered in 1875, Ljubljansko barje became a synonym for a prehistoric
village on piles. The pile dwelling findings are kept by the City museum of
Ljubljana and the National Museum of Slovenia.
WHEEL WITH AN AXLE
The world’s oldest wooden wheel with an axle according to analyses, over
5000 years old, was found during research of pile dwelling settlement at
Stare gmajne near Vrhnika. Besides the remains of the wheel, an separated
axle ha salso been found.
In the spring of 2002, a team from the Institute of Archaeology Scientific
Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts, under
the guidance of Dr. Anton Velušček continued with the project of wood
sampling at the location of Stara gmajne near Vrhnika. A surprise awaited
them in one of the drainage ditches. Besides rich findings and two dugouts,
they have also found the remains of a wooden wheel and a separated
wheel axle .
The wheel was composed of two ash -wood plates that were connected
by four oak wedges. The choice of ash -wood was not coincidental, because of its strength and because it grew in the vicinity. The axle was
constructed from one piece of oak wood and was 124 cm long. The wheel
is surprisingly accurate and extremely skilfully constructed. The manner of
attachment and joining point to an exceptionally skilled master craftsman
and a real connoisseur of various types of wood. The wheel from Ljubljansko barje can be regarded as the pinnacle of world heritage due to its age
and technical superiority.
Pile dwellings are a typical phenomenon of the prehistoric era and appear
on lakes and in swampy regions of the Alpine region. Approximately 1,000
settlements stretch from eastern France to Switzerland, southern Germany
and northern Italy to Slovenia. The preservation of this extraordinary inheritance was possible due to the waterlogged locations they were found
in. Remains of wooden houses, tools and other useful items, food and
even clothes are valuable sources that help in the research of the life of the
people who have left us no written sources.

PILE DWELLINGS
Pile dwellings are a special form of dwellings in areas with lakes and
marshes. The prehistoric pile dwellings in Europe appear as early as in
the Neolithic Age and exist throughout the Copper and Bronze Age.
They spread from north over the borders of the Alpine world all the
way down to the Balkans.
The largest number of pile dwellings, over one thousand, is to be
found in the Alpine region, which also include the pile dwellings of
Ljubljansko barje. The common characteristic of pile dwellings is the
construction of dwelling places on piles – carrying posts that were
used as stabilization in wet environments. The construction method,
size of dwelling places, their position and ch

WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE?
How did the people from the pille dwellings settlements live and what did
they eat? Settlement of the area was first made possible after the warming
that followed the last Ice Age. Gathering, hunting and fishing were soon
supplemented by agriculture and cattle breeding. Cereals were cultivated
with the use of wooden, stone or horn tools.
The population was most probably already introduced to the grapevine.
Fruits and other nature products represented an important part of their
nutrition. They bred sheep, goats and cattle while also providing a large
quantity of meat by hunting stags, deer, boars, beavers, otters and water
birds.
Nowadays, the type of their nutrition, the methods of preparing the food
as well as the climatic and environmental conditions they lived in can be
deduced on the basis of research on plant and animal remains, that were
found in layers of earth in pile dwellers’ settlements.

TRAVERSING THE DISTANCES
Although there were no roads, the prehistoric people traversed the distances that spanned hundreds of kilometres. This is proven by the imported items and raw materials that arrived from as much as 500 km away.
Pile dwellers did not construct roads. They traversed their land paths by
foot, and from 4th millennium B.C. onwards they also used cattle pulled
carts. More frequently used were water paths. The most common transport vehicles were boats – up to 12 meters long canoes and dugouts that
were made from one single tree trunk.

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Ready for a new adventures? The Undersea Hotel

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Just like the Land has its Sky, the Water has its Depth. The undersea hotel, “atoll”, or “the island in the sea”, with its above water level preserves the human experience of living, and maintains the contact between the sky and the earth. The undersea levels add the water element, which is primal to human experience. When encircling man and his habitations, it strengthens its contact with the earth, but at the same time the air “belt”stays intact: up there everything is the same as always, humans get comfort in piers, the entrances above the water and even the sandy beach tucked in the edge links the human being and his feelings with the mainland….But when they start descending, they are taken by surprise by the undersea world that they can see through the glass walls – the dark blue green color of the water with the sea fauna and flora. At first it is an unusual and astonishing experience that slowly transcends into an experience of a completely new dimension; into an experience of primal adventure that has been forgotten for centuries…

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The construction of the building has a similar design to an oil platform. The upper water part is fixed but can move with the tide, the spherical elliptic underwater part is rigidly fixed onto a construction frame. The depth of the sea to enable the project is 30-60 m, deep enough to allow detection of both, sunlight and underwater life.

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Daily visitors will in most cases find their entertainment on the upper water part, and the underwater part is designed as a classic hotel, mainly for long term visitors.

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UPPER UNDERWATER LEVEL PLAN
Visitors will enter the upper sub-water level, descending in the lifts, while watching through the glass walls the transition from the surrounding life of land to that below the water, at the same time they will be accompanied by music. The upper sub-water level will be for day and long-term visitors. At the entrance hall there will be a reception area with an aperitiv bar. The overall impression of this spherical room with its aquariums introduces visitors to the world of sea life. A part of this introduction area serves as a hall for multimedia programmes. Visitors will have a chance to borrow diving equipment and submarines to carry out undersea trips. A part of this levels will serve as hotel rooms (15 twin bedrooms or a combination of apartment types). A large proportion of the walls of the sub-water levels will be made of glass. The view of the sea life through the glass will give visitors the sensation of infinity, but at the same time it will wake up the feeling of the new and mysterious. In front of the eyes of visitors will start a show of sea life, the fish shoals and other sea occurences will finish off the sensation with a perfect harmony of nature s untouchables.

Legend:
1.  Vertical communications (lift, stairs)
2.  Hall
3.  Reception
4.  Cafe
5.  Hotel rooms
6.  Restrooms
7.  Service area
8.  Aquarium
9.  Audio – video multimedia programmes hall
10.Diving   equipment

LOWER UNDERWATER LEVEL PLAN

This level will be mainly for long-term visitors who want to spend more time in the sub-water building. The level will consist of hotel rooms (15 twin bedrooms or a combination of apartment types), restaurants (120 seats), a thermal swimming pool with a massage centre (134m2), and two casinos (550m2). Relaxed and unusual surrounding will give the casinos a mysterious and fabulous feeling, which will accompany visitors while playing various games.

Legend:
1.  Vertical communications (lift, stairs)
2.  Hall
3.  Restaurant
4.  Hotel rooms
5.  Restrooms
6.  Service area
7.  Casino
8.  Thermal swimming pool with massage centre

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