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National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia, USA

January 8th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is one of the 16 intelligence agencies in the U.S. which designs, builds and operates the reconnaissance satellites of the United States government. It also coordinates collection and analysis of information from airplane and satellite reconnaissance by the military services and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is funded through the National Reconnaissance Program, which is part of the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

The NRO works closely with its intelligence and space partners, which include the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the United States Strategic Command, Naval Research Laboratory and many other high level agencies and organizations. The NRO is responsible for operating Ground Stations around the world which collect and distribute intelligence gathered from reconnaissance satellites.

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Tour Areva (Tour Framatome, Tour Fiat), Paris, France

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Tour Areva (previously known as Tour Framatome and Tour Fiat) is an office skyscraper located in La Défense, the high-rise business district situated west of Paris, France.

Built in 1974, the tower is 184 m (604 feet) tall. It is the second-tallest skyscraper in La Défense and the third-tallest skyscraper in Île-de-France.

Tour Areva is entirely black; its cladding is made of dark granite and darkened window. Its shape is that of a perfect square prism. It is said that its architects were inspired by the black monolith in Stanley Kubrick's movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".

The site where the tower was built was codenamed CB1 in La Défense initial master plan. A twin tower of Tour Areva was initially planned at the current location of the Tour Total, but was cancelled due to the oil shock of 1974.

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Trianon, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Trianon is a 186 metre (610 feet) tall skyscraper in the Westend of Frankfurt. It was completed in 1993, replacing the 12-story BfG Bank (1964-1990).

Today it is owned and used by DEKA as their headquaters. DEKA is the investment company of the worlds biggest banking group Sparkasse, a German banking group that mainly operates in Germany.

The 45 storey building is topped by an upside-down pyramid suspended from the 3 corners. It is located next to the Hauptverwaltung Deutsche Bank AG.

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The Citigroup Centre, London, England

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Citigroup Centre is a skyscraper located in the Canary Wharf development in the London Docklands. The building, whose address is 25 Canada Square, serves as the British headquarters for Citigroup, the largest financial services firm in the world, based in the United States of America.

The tower was designed by César Pelli & Associates. Construction began in 1998 and was completed in 2001. There are 45 floors in the 200 m tower, the joint 2nd tallest in the United Kingdom. Standing alongside the Citigroup Centre are One Canada Square (known popularly as Canary Wharf); and the HSBC Tower, which houses the international headquarters of HSBC Holdings plc.

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Headquarters of the Deutsche Bank , Frankfurt am Main, Germany

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Headquarters of the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main.

Deutsche Bank AG NYSE: DB (German for German Bank) is a multinational bank operating worldwide and employing more than 67,500 people (December, 2005). Its headquarters are located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Dr. Josef Ackermann is its CEO and Chairman of the executive committee (the Vorstand), Dr. Clemens Börsig is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Deutsche Bank is one of the largest investment banks in the world ranked by revenues and profits.

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The Maintower, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Maintower is a skyscraper in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The building is 200 metres tall (including the transmission tower 240 metres) and has 5 underground floors and 56 above-ground stories. It also has two public viewing platforms.

The Maintower was built between 1996 and 1999 and contains the Landesbank of Hesse and Thuringia (Helaba) and a television studio of the Hessischer Rundfunk, among other enterprises. During weather reports by the television station, the weather reporter stands on the top of the building.

The foyer of the building has two art pieces accessible to the public: the video installation by Bill Viola "The World of Appearances" and the wall mosaic by Stephan Huber "Frankfurter Treppe / XX. Jahrhundert" (Translation: "Frankfurt's Steps/20th Century")

The tower's design features what appears to be two connected towers. The smaller of the two is of a cuboid shape and a design common to 1970s architecture. The second and tallest of the two towers is a circular tower with an entire blue glass exterior which features the transmission tower on top.

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TelstraClear headquarters, Auckland, New Zeland

October 16th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

TelstraClear is New Zealand's second largest full-service telecommunications company.

The company provides business telephony and data services, and toll-bypass services. The company also provides line rental services, internet services, cable TV/cable modem and also mobile telephone services in New Zealand with 62,000 subscribers on its network in three areas (Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti).

In 2004 TelstraClear began offering residential line service outside those areas where it has its own network, reselling a wholesale product from Telecom New Zealand.

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The Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), Warsaw, Poland

October 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), Polish: Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie SA (GPW) is the largest stock exchange in Central and Eastern Europe. It operates in Warsaw, Poland. The Warsaw Stock Exchange began activity in its present form on April 16, 1991.

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