Sonntag, 26. Februar 2012

Mexikanische Muschelsuppe....

Das Conch Shell House - unglaubliche Architektur

Der Architekt dieses unglaublichen Hauses ist der Mexikanische Maler und Bildhauer Octavio Ocampo. Das Conch Shell [Muschelhorn, Schneckenhorn] House ist ein aussergewöhnliches Beispiel moderner Kunst und kreativer Architektur, entworfen um zu Ueberraschen und Begeisterung erheischend. Dieses Haus kommt aus der Zukunft... sozusagen..., eben vom Planeten der dreiohrigen Muschelsupper

Also das gefällt mir schon extrem... ich packe schon meine Koffer... hier ein Blick ins holy Innere

Das Haus lebt auf der Isla Mujeres im Sonnigen Mexicoooooooooo (otro gran saludo a nuestros amigos mexicanos, en su mayoría interesados ​​en la aviación), ist in 20 Minuten mit dem Böötli von Cancun erreichbar.

Hahahahahahahaaa that was the WRONG ONE!!!

ein rosa Muschelschneckenhaus... im Original 

Hier grad noch ein Exkurs in die Naturwissenschaft....

Strombus gigas - the Queen Conch

Phylum : Mollusca

Class : Gastropoda

Order : Sorbeoconcha

Sub-order: Hypsogastropoda

Family : Strombidae

Genus : Strombus

Species : gigas

Habitat of queen conches

Strombus gigas (queen conch) is a species of very large edible sea-snail, a marine gastropod mollusk coming under the family Strombidae, which are true conchs. It is one of the largest mollusks native to the tropical zone of the Western Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to Brazil. The favorite habitat of the queen conch are beds Turtle grass (Thalassia), and Manatee grass (Cymodocea) and sand flats in warm and shallow waters, in the sub-tidal zone, at depths of 1 to 30 meters. The adult conches feed mainly on algae associated with sea grass such as Cladophora sp. and Polysiphonia sp., but the larvae survive on plankton. Being herbivorous the queen conch can only live in a habitat where it can graze successfully. That is at depths where penetrating sunlight can support the luxuriant growth of sea grass and algae associated with it, known as the "photic zone." This explains the preference of queen conches for warm and shallow habitats. However queen conches have also been found in deeper waters up to a maximum depth of 60-70 meters (195-227 feet)

External structure of the queen conch

Like most gastropods, the soft body of Strombus gigas, is protected by a hard spiral shell The body can be divided into three segments, the head, visceral mass and the foot. The head has two pairs of tentacles, out of which, the larger tentacle is concerned with the sense of sight, having photosensitive eyes. The smaller tentacle on the other hand is involved with the senses of touch and smell. At the end of the snout or proboscis is the mouth. Queen conches eat algae and other organic debris. The radula, a rough tongue-like organ with thousands of tiny tooth-like protrusions called denticles, help in the feeding process.

At the posterior end of the foot is a sickle-shaped operculum, which functions and appears like a claw. The operculum has multiple functions, such as acting in co-ordination with the foot, to help the conch in its locomotion and regain its normal orientation after the animal is overturned. It also functions as a defensive weapon against predators.

Growth of the conch shell

The adult snail has a large spiral shell ranging in length from 6 to 12 inches (15 to 31 cm). The shell is created by the mantle, a thin layer of tissue situated between the body and the shell. The conch builds the hard shell by extracting calcium carbonate from the sea water. The growth of the shell begins even before the egg hatches into a veliger larva. At the time of hatching the shell is transparent and has already one and a half whorls. It then metamorphoses into a larva with a four whorled shell, which is no more transparent. As the larva settles down and begin to grow, the growth of the shell keeps pace with the growth of the body. At 2 to 3 months the color of the shell is white, but at 5 to 6 months brown stripes begin to form. At 3 months the shell is just 1 cm in length, but at 12 months (one year) the shell attains a length of 10 cm. The shell forms pointed spines, which helps to protect the young conches from predators. As the conch continues to grow the shell also increases in length and continues to grow in a spiral. Finally when the conch is about 3 to 4 years old, the shell stops growing and begins to form a broad flared lip. The formation of the flared shell lip is an indication that the queen conch has reached its full growth and attained maturity, and is now ready for reproduction. The length of the shell is now between 20 to 30 cm (8 to 10 ins). Adult queen conch shells can be white, tan or cream colored. However the inner surface of the shell including the flared lip shows different shades of pink, and sometimes cream, peach (pinkish-orange) or yellow. As the queen conch grows older, the shell only increases in thickness and becomes heavier; and the long and pointed spines get worn out and blunted. The shell of old animals get covered with algae and other sedentary sea creatures can also settle on it.

Reproduction of queen conches

In queen conches sexes are separate and fertilization is internal. Mature male and female conches have been observed to copulate from mid-March to November. Copulation occurs when the male inserts a black, spade-like penis called a verge into the female's siphonal notch. The female retains the sperms for several weeks, and releases them only while laying eggs in order to fertilize them. Eggs are laid in continuous strands and each strand may contain up to three-quarters of a million eggs. Strands are laid at an average rate of 1.5 meters per hour; and each millimeter of egg strand contains an average of 13 eggs. The time taken for a female to spawn all its eggs is less than a day. Eggs are usually deposited on the sand, and therefore the presence of a sandy substrate is a requirement for spawning, apart from water quality, food supply and temperature which also can influence spawning.
Hatching of eggs and development of larvae into adults

The fertilized eggs begin embryonic development immediately after fertilization, forming a Gastrula after 16 hours, and a trochophore after 58 hours. Eventually after 7 days they become larvae, which hatch out of the eggs and become free floating and are known as veligers. Veligers have a small transparent shell called protoconch, which eventually develops into an adult shell. Four wing-like lobes are formed in the larvae after 6 days, and an additional 2 lobes after 12 days. The veligers float in the water for about 3 weeks, and then settle on substrates such as beds of sea grass. The lobes develop into the foot. Not all veligers find a suitable substrate and around 60 % of them perish. After about 1-2 months the young conch resembles an adult. It takes almost 3 to 4 years for a conch to attain sexual maturity and develop the broad flared lip of the shell. At maturity the length of the shell measures 20 to 30 cm, equivalent to 8 to 10 ins.

oh, hier noch was gaaaaanz exotisches... crazy form

Zwar ist es ein Privathaus, der Künstler vermietet es jedoch auch. Ganz bestimmt ist es das bemerkenswerteste Gebäude auf der Insel... nun, wenn es stimmt hat es ca 25 Hotels auf diesem langgezogenen Inselchen, dessen Schwesterinsel Isla Contoy etwas weiter
nördlich liegt. Als ich in Cancun war, war das Haus sicher noch nicht geboren, denn ich war dort ca 1994 und habe wohl die Fische dermassen erschreckt, dass auch heute noch Warntafeln von einem "wild gestikulierenden Taucher mit komischem Akzent Spanisch sprechend" im Meer aufgestellt sind... (na ja, mit der Buddel in 20 Metern Tiefe werd wohl auch ich den Schnabel gehalten haben...)

Also zurück ins Einsiedlerkrebsleben des Muschelhauses. Es wird sogar auf Turismusseiten damit geworben, müsste mal checken was die so wollen für ne Woche Muschelsuppe. Von welcher Galaxis kommen die grad noch mal?? Nein, muss ich nun schon wieder einen Abstecher ins Mandelbrot'sche Universum machen (weil Spiralförmige Objekte auch Fraktale sein können): es gibt keine Muschelsuppengalaxis, aber wohl ein Sternensystem, dieses könnte natürlich in der Whirlpool-Galaxie liegen... äh, die gibt es dänk:



Ein bisschen Englisch zum fit bleiben: Whirlpool Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy M51, NGC 5194) is a classic spiral galaxy located in the Canes Venatici constellation.

Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy
The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.
This sharpest-ever image, taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, illustrates a spiral galaxy's grand design, from its curving spiral arms, where young stars reside, to its yellowish central core, a home of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure.
The Whirlpool's most striking feature is its two curving arms, a hallmark of so-called grand-design spiral galaxies. Many spiral galaxies possess numerous, loosely shaped arms that make their spiral structure less pronounced. These arms serve an important purpose in spiral galaxies. They are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. In the Whirlpool, the assembly line begins with the dark clouds of gas on the inner edge, then moves to bright pink star-forming regions, and ends with the brilliant blue star clusters along the outer edge.
Some astronomers believe that the Whirlpool's arms are so prominent because of the effects of a close encounter with NGC 5195, the small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost tip of one of the Whirlpool's arms. At first glance, the compact galaxy appears to be tugging on the arm. Hubble's clear view, however, shows that NGC 5195 is passing behind the Whirlpool. The small galaxy has been gliding past the Whirlpool for hundreds of millions of years.
As NGC 5195 drifts by, its gravitational muscle pumps up waves within the Whirlpool's pancake-shaped disk. The waves are like ripples in a pond generated when a rock is thrown in the water. When the waves pass through orbiting gas clouds within the disk, they squeeze the gaseous material along each arm's inner edge. The dark dusty material looks like gathering storm clouds. These dense clouds collapse, creating a wake of star birth, as seen in the bright pink star-forming regions. The largest stars eventually sweep away the dusty cocoons with a torrent of radiation, hurricane-like stellar winds, and shock waves from supernova blasts. Bright blue star clusters emerge from the mayhem, illuminating the Whirlpool's arms like city streetlights.
The Whirlpool is one of astronomy's galactic darlings. Located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), the Whirlpool's beautiful face-on view and closeness to Earth allow astronomers to study a classic spiral galaxy's structure and star-forming processes.
NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

Daher haben die Muschelsuppenwesen wohl so verdrehte Gedanken und bauen dann halt solche Häuser. Muss wohl so sein. Nun, es wird geworben mit einem 180° freien Blick aufs achsoblaue Karibische Meer und dies Haus biete die einzigartige Gelegenheit zu erfahren, wie es sich wohl im Innern einer Seemuschel leben liesse. Lassen wir einige Bilder sprechen

Conch Shell House, Mexico

Conch Shell House, Mexico

Conch Shell House, Mexico

Das Conch Shell House wurde mit ziemlich traditionellen Fundamenten gebaut, wie Beton, rezyklierte Baustoffe und auch gefundenen Materialien. Der Besitzer Octavio Ocampo ist ein bekannter Künstler, dessen Bruder Eduardo Architect ist (dieser besitzt ebenfalls ein Haus auf der Insel, jedoch mehr im traditionellen Stil erbaut). Begibt man sich ins Innere des Hauses, findet man überall das Muschel-Thema verarbeitet oder zitiert. Der Hauptraum hat keine Ecken, er ist rund. Das Lavabo des Bades im Obergeschoss ist aus der Basis einer Muschel hergestellt worden, die Armaturen sind aus Korallen, die Handtuchhalter sind aus verschiedneen Muscheln und anderen Objekten, welche am lokalen Strand gefunden worden sind. Es hat zwei Schlafzimmer für 4 Personen, 5500 square feet Wohnfläche, 2 1/2 Bäder, einen Swimming Pool, einige Kellerasseln und doch ab und zu einen Lizzard.


1 Kommentar:

  1. Oh...Mexico :) Wenn ich war in Mexiko, kaufe ich die mexikanische Fliesen und lege ich an der Wand in meiner Küche - ist super!