- The Fiberline Factory.
This incredible factory is in Denmark and produces fibreglass. The low, angled architecture makes it blend in with the surrounding hills, minimising it’s impact on the environment. It’s everything you don’t expect when you think ‘factory.’
2. Louisville slugger factory, Kentucky.
Creators of an American icon, the Louisville slugger baseball bat factory has kept it’s original design. The building is classic factory architecture – reminiscent of the traditional American values that bring the company such success in it’s homeland.
A huge, iconic bat has been laid against the building on the scale of giants. A nice touch to a well respected building.
3. NPO Energomash Plant.
Much of this amazing factory looks like something out of a sci-fi film. It’s used to produce rockets and is located in Poland. Although some of the factory is still in use, other parts have been dormant for years.
4. The McLaren technology centre.
The famous prestige car-maker has put as much technology and design finesse into their UK factory.
The extended layout lets in large amounts of light to it’s surprisingly huge interior. The factory includes production areas, research and development, showrooms, electronics stores and testing rooms.
5. Olisur Olive Oil factory.
This beautiful Chilean factory respectfully matches its environment. It’s made of biodegradable materials, a decision that matched the biodegradable nature of the entire olive oil process.
It’s a great example of sustainable architecture.
6. Van Nelle factory
This Dutch factory produces tea, coffee and tobacco. Built in 1925, it’s a great example of a modernist factory: a big, grand, impressive machine.
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What Do Grand Prix Dressage Riders Do Differently?
A study of a variety of different skill-level riders recently found two major observable difference between Grand
Prix dressage riders and the rest of us.
Number One: They spend more time warming up.
On average, a novice rider spends 25 minutes warming up with their horse before a ride. A Gran Prix rider spends 34 minutes on average.
However, the reason for this is that Grand Prix tests require more preparation and effort, so it naturally requires a longer warm up than a novice test. Do the amount of warm-up that feels right for you and your horse but as you progress, remember that skilled and well-trained horses still require proper preparation on the day of a test.
Number two: They have incredibly steady hands.
When a dressage rider is keeping their hands steady, they are extremely skilled at maintaining the distance between their hand and the horse’s bit.
Here’s an amazing fact: that distance will only shift by 1.5cm during a ride. That’s pretty incredible when you consider how much the horse and rider move.
Great dressage riders learn to balance their body with their horse and counteract movements so they can keep their hands extremely steady.
This is something to focus on during training – a steady hand often leads to greater control in general.
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