The world has been filled with tons of architectural beauty ever since the start of civilization. Different regions during varying periods have built unique and timeless masterpieces that will leave everyone who has seen such architecture breathless. Here are the ten best architectures in the world that you must definitely see:
- Taipei 101, Taiwan
This 101-storey building’s shape was designed by architect C.Y. Lee.The tower and its surroundings were constructed with the guide of Feng Shui to prevent positive energy from escaping. It has a circle-shaped park around it, giving the idea that the tower is a large sundial. The tower puts into cycle seven different colors for each day of the week, each color having its symbolic meaning. Taipei 101 represents a bamboo stalk reaching to the sky connecting heaven and earth, and symbolizes resiliency. It has no 44th floor because it is considered unlucky by the Chinese.
- Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was designed by Frank Gehry, a Canadian-born American architect. It opened in 1997 and has become one of the most popular art museums in Spain. The museum is run by philanthropist and mining scion Solomon Guggenheim’s Foundation, with many of the exhibits from the opening coming from his personal collection. Built alongside the Nervion River, this abstract structure is made up of 33,000 thin sheets of titanium, giving a different effect depending on the weather and light conditions.
- Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia
The twin towers was designed by Argentine-born American César Pelli as a headquarters for the national petroleum company of Malaysia – Petronas. It has 88 stories, 1,800 doors, and 32,000 windows. Each tower’s floor plate is designed based on an Islamic geometric form of two interlocking squares architecturally symbolizing Islamic principles of “unity within unity, harmony, stability, and rationality.” It used to be the world’s tallest building, at the height of 452 meters until 2004, and is still the world’s tallest twin towers.
- Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The uniquely-shaped Marina Bay Sands was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Its SkyPark serves a 150-meter long infinity pool and other amenities such as restaurants, cafes, and a 360-degree viewing deck of the country’s skyline and city view. The building follows the beliefs of Feng Shui to create a balance of energy and harmony with its environment. Its height causes it to move due to wind sway, so the building has four movement joints under the four main swimming pools to counter this sway. Marina Bay Sands has the world’s largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines.
- Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The Burj Al Arab, designed by architect Tom Wright, is the first hotel to surpass a height of 1000 feet. This hotel is one of the most expensive in the world, providing luxurious amenities and world-class cuisine. The building – with a shape like that of a ship’s sail – stands on an artificial island 280 meters offshore which took about three years to reclaim. VIPs and royal guests can use the hotel’s 24-meter-wide helipad to land on which is 210 meters above the ground. Its lounge area called the Junsui lounge, has a Milky Way-shaped ceiling and consists 29,000 Swarovski crystals.
- Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty. It is an oval-shaped amphitheater with 45,000 sitting places and 5,000 standing places. It only took 10 years to build this amphitheater using thousands of Jewish slaves. The Colosseum was designed in a way that it would be quick enough to vacate the area without causing stampede, with over 80 entrances and a labyrinth of passages effective for crowd control. This amphitheater is divided into three tiers reserved for different hierarchical levels.
- Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The learning tower of Pisa, known as Torre Pendente di Pisa in Italian, was built as a bell tower for the Cathedral of Pisa. The construction of the tower began in 1173, and by the time the builders got to the third story, the tower started to lean. This was because of the soft ground that the tower was built on (Pisa in Greek means “marshy land”). When it was completed, the tower originally had a height of 60 meters. Now, the tower’s height is 56.67 meters on the higher side and 55.86 meters on the lower side. It has been noted that the tower was not just leaning, but is falling at one to two millimeters per year. The architects actually tried to “save” the leaning tower by making the stories slightly taller on the shorter side, but the weight caused the building to sink even more.
- Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal of India was constructed for 22 years by Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of the death of his third and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This magnificent creation was designed with perfect symmetry, and was constructed in a way that in an event of a collapse, everything would fall away from the tomb. The Taj Mahal has calligraphy written all over its interiors and exteriors, consisting of holy inscriptions and praises for Mumtaz Mahal.
- Eiffel Tower, France
The Eiffel Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was behind its creation. Together with engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, and architect Stephen Sauvestre, they decided to build a 300-meter tower as part of the preparations for the 1889 Exposition Universelle. The tower has 20,000 light bulbs that sparkle five minutes on the hour, every hour, until one past midnight. It was mathematically designed to have strong wind resistance, but the sun’s heat still causes the iron tower to move. The is also a great place to find someone for one night of love. Check out apps like Nude Girls Finder to meet locals looking for casual fun. These sex apps are free to use and private and safe.
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The largest pyramid ever built, the Giza Pyramids was built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu of Egypt. It is the only pyramid that has been built with concave sides – meaning all its four sides curve slightly. The pyramid’s interior has a constant temperature equal to the average temperature of the Earth (20 degrees Celsius). This structure used to exactly align to the true north, but since the North Pole moves over time, it faces true north with a slight lapse of 3/60th of a degree. This structure has been perfectly made that it is impossible to make an exact copy since we do not have the skills and technology of the early Egyptians.
So, which of these architectural marvels piqued your curiosity the most?