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Calendar 2012: Colours: March

The photo

Madrid, Spain

This photograph was taken in “Ensanche de Vallecas” (Madrid),on 11th February 2012.It represents the green in the modern architecture.

Marta, Spain

Inside, there are 123 state-subsidized apartments. This building is considered a jewel of architecture by expert architects. And it has been included in the program of ARCHITECTURE WEEK OF MADRID. Its structure and its innovative aesthetic have made it famous.
Firstly, we have the façade, made of plastic policarbonate ,in different shades of green, which vary as they get the sunlight. You can see different shades of green on the building depending on the time of day.

The architects have copied the inner part from those Spanish houses which date back to the 18th century (corralas in Spanish: interior patios where neighbours used to chat and socialize). And of course it is an ecological building (green building). It has a solar panel energy system.

Your comments

Tell us what you think about this photo. Each month throughout 2012 we'll be focussing on a different colour. This month our colour is green. What English idioms do you know that contain the word green? You should be able to find some on our website. We'll publish our favourite comments and give you some "green" idioms later this month.

The colour for April, yellow. Do you have any yellow photos? You can email us your yellow photos. You should also send us a few lines about your photo. Please note that you should only send us your own photos and we can't guarantee to publish all photos submitted.


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    • 1. At 02:05am on 03 Mar 2012, Stephanie wrote:

      Wow! Inever seen such a beautiful building before! And it has a solar panel energy system, cool! I think about a greeny idiom. Green Thumbs UP !! I love GREEN.

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    • 2. At 05:20am on 05 Mar 2012, gem wrote:

      The color Green represents the nature,ecology, fertility ,growth and being in good health. We usually say go green which i think means to be more nature fond and harness the natural things that are made available for us bye nature itself. The building in the picture is incredibly beautiful with architectural innovation. The phenomenal matter about this structure is it has solar panel energy system which follows the go green slogan.

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    • 3. At 5:10pm on 05 Mar 2012, keti wrote:

      I would like to discuss a new green block of flats in Spain. It's famous for its colour which varies throughout the day. The facade of this building is made of plastic green panels. Architectural experts call it a jewel of architecture. Despite the fact that this house could cause upheaval in contemporary styles of art, there weren't people who were ready to live in such an experimental house. The Spanish government was compelled to subsidize inhabitants despite the inner part being copied from old Spanish houses. To me, the main advantage of this house is a solar energy system; and the main drawback is unnatural building materials. I think  the use of all plastic materials must be quite restrained: I have some doubts about their safety. Secondly, I am not certain that such buildings will harmonise well with Gaudi's houses. Maybe, the colourful houses will fill out whole districts of cities in the near future. Let's try to guess the name of this style. Well, I am a notoriously conservative person.

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    • 4. At 8:20pm on 05 Mar 2012, JessicaGuz wrote:

      Green is my Fvorite Colour! I think this Idea is awesome, because it reflects the nature and the building has its own nature system!

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    • 5. At 10:08pm on 05 Mar 2012, Maryna wrote:

      This photo is great in all the cases. It looks like picture from scientific movie about new era of humanity. Author has told us that it was also saving energy. In my point of view it is the greatest opportunity for a future architecture! Exclusive design and economically right decision in one thing is great achievement.

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    • 6. At 02:54am on 07 Mar 2012, Linn wrote:

      Shinny green building! Green support to refresh and peace. Moreover, the vary green of that building rely on the light of day. So, that building is represent the sign of nature. Love the green building and proud of expert architects.

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    • 7. At 09:40am on 09 Mar 2012, Chessy_FI wrote:

      I never seen this unique building before. very environmentalist with the green colour which is represent nature. I do hope my country could have one like this building. Go green !.

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    • 8. At 05:10am on 10 Mar 2012, Rafi Ahmad Masoodi wrote:

      There are 'likes' and 'dislikes' with reference to 'green'. 'Green' is the most favourite colour to me as a Muslim .I like 'Green' because it is the colour of the 'Dome of Prophet Mohammed' (Sallalahu alayhi wasalam).
      Then,'green' is the essence of life & nature.We needs must love and like it.
      Again,one likes the 'green' to appear immediately on the road crossings.No red lights, ever green lights is the slogan on the road to life.
      And,'green' now stands for the 'environment' and who would not like to jump on the bandwagon of environmental protection.In that sense it should all be green.
      Oh! let's avoid being 'green with envy''.

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    • 9. At 4:31pm on 30 Mar 2012, Grasshopper wrote:

      Wow, that amazing building....I don't love modern architecture very much, but this is really incredible.
      I like green colour and It's perfect for March beacause March is the month in which begin Spring and green is the makes think at wet and fragrant grass......Hey guys, It's the right time to make plants grow but It's not so easy because not all people have green fingers.

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    • 10. At 11:51am on 04 Aug 2012, lovershy wrote:

      I have never seen such luxurious architecture before. greened, the meaning of youth; individual, the meaning of liberty; gorgeous; the meaning of advance, that the wondering world sees them to be great. The desier for the greenism is a thing that industious, useful and rational men ever pursue. the greenism is of significance alongside the economy growth.

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    • 11. At 11:27am on 09 Aug 2012, BBC Learning English wrote:

      Great picture

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