34 Of The Most Amazing Buildings And Architectural Designs.
We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most amazing buildings, with extremely impressive architectural designs which will most likely make you wonder: how could so much imagination lie withing one person. A man’s home is his castle… that’s how the old saying goes, and even though it’s old, it still fits in our modern day and age.
The buildings we live in represent us and they show how much creativity we have lying within. Most of us decorate the inside of our home, but few actually think of decorating the outside. Let’s have a look at the most amazing structures created by people with a great deal of imagination.
Men have always dedicated themselves to religion and even in the earliest of times, and they’ve always put a great deal of imagination and hard work in making impressive and imposing buildings in which they can come together and pray. Let’s have a look at some of the most impressive and amazing cathedrals and temples in the world:
1. The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland
This amazing building is a Lutheran Cathedral located in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. It is 74.5 metres (244 ft) tall, its construction process started in 1945 and ended in 1986. It is said to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape.
2. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris France
The famous cathedral of Notre Dame is a Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral located in Paris, and it was the first religious establishment in he city: it was first began in 1163 and work stopped into the 1240s. It was badly damaged in the French Revolution in the 1790s, but due to extended work of restoration, this amazing place was saved for our visiting delight. The west front of the cathedral has 69 m (228 feet).
3. La Sagrada Familia, Spain
La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family) is a large Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction started in 1882 and it is still unfinished. The construction is half done and it’s expected to be finished in 2026.
4. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)
The Cathedral of Brasília is a Roman Catholic cathedral found in Brazil, and which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. This amazing structure was finished on May 31, 1970, and the most stunning part about it, apart from it’s architecture, is the 16 concrete columns which weigh 90 tons each.
5. Las Lajas cathedral
Las Lajas Sanctuary is a impressive church built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River, in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño. Construction began on January 1, 1916 and ended on August 20, 1949
6. Underground salt cathedral, Wieliczka Salt Mine Poland
The Wieliczka Salt Mine hosts this incredible cathedral sculpted inside a salt mine which was built in the 13th century. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.
7. St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
Saint Vitus’ Cathedral is located in the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague. The most breathtaking elements are its two 82-foot neo-Gothic stone towers connected by a 10-foot round window in the form of rosettes.
Do you think a visit to a museum can be quite boring? That means you haven’t visited one of these amazing museums from around the world:
1. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art located in Basque Country, Spain.
2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)
No, there’s nothing wrong with this picture, this is exactly how the museum of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! looks like. If you wanna visit, it’s located in Canada, and inside it, you can encounter some of the weirdest things found on earth.
3. Ripley’s Building (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)
And if you liked the museum, have a look at the headquarters! Pretty neat huh? It may be torn in half, but there’s nothing wrong with it.
4. Pabellon de Aragon (Zaragoza)
This amazing building is used for art exhibitions and it’s found in Zaragoza, Spain.
5. Kunsthaus (Graz, Austria)
The Graz Art Museum was built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003, and since then it has been used as a contemporary art museum.
6. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)
Casa Milà, or La Pedrera was built during the years 1905–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. You can go visit it in Catalonia, Spain. It is amazing due to its undulating stone facade and wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows.
7. Porsche museum (Stuttgart, Germany)
Porche is classy all the way. Just look at this amazing museum located in Germany which has a surface of 5,600 sq/meters (18,000+ sq/ft). It holds a collection of 917 coupes up to current models such as the Carrera GT.
8. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Maktabat al-Iskandarīyah is located in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It was built in order to commemorate the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity.
9. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)
This is an outdoor sculpture found at the Museum Moderner Kunst.
Simply Weird Buildings:
1. Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)
The Upside Down House is a project created by a Polish businessman and philanthropist named Daniel Czapiewsk. The construction took 144 due to the fact that workers were disorientated by the strange angles of the walls.
2. Robert Bruno’s steel house (Lubbock, Texas)
3. House in the Clouds (Thorpeness, Suffolk)
The House in the Clouds is a water tower at Thorpeness, Suffolk, UK. It was built in 1923 and was it designed to improve the looks of the water towers.
4. Jim Bishop’s Castle Personal
Jim Bishop from Colorado, San Isabel National Park made his dream come true. Construction of the castle began in 1969 and they’re still adding to it.
5. Crazy house in Vietnam
This construction is truly one of the most bizarre hotels ever! Located in Da Lang, Vietnam, Hang Nga’s Tree House Hotel, is known as the Crazy House, which has giant tree trunks and branches that try to make you believe that you’re staying in an actual tree house.
6. A room of a 100 thousand dollars
Take a good look at this room, isn’t it your dream place? It’s made of 100,000 dollars by German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, he used the prize money he got from an institution and decorated the room of a museum with 1 dollar bills.
7. Cloud Building
This building was constructed on the Swiss lake Neshat. With the help of 31.400 nozzles which distill water into steam it creates the cloud-like effect.
8. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)
1. Grand Lisboa (Macau, China)
This is one of Macau’s tallest buildings standing 52 stories high. Would you like to spend a night here?
2. Hotel Volcano
Magic Mountain Lodge, hotel in a private reserve Huilo Huilo in Chile. The hotel, designed as a volcano bursts water instead of lava.
3. Hotel Carved In A Rocky Cliff, Turkey
The Cappadocia region of Turkey is host to this amazing hotel carved in rocks. Prices start from roughly 20 Euros a night for a basic room.
4. Underground hotel in Switzerland
This hotel is located 509 feet below ground. For many years, this place was a silver exploitation mine, but over the years it was shut down, and some brilliant people came up with the idea to turn it into a hotel.
5. Hotel Marques De Riscal – Elciego, Spain
1. National Architects Union Headquarters (Romania)
A building inside a building… the designers didn’t want to tear down the old building, so they just built inside it.
2. Gehry Building (Dusseldorf, Germany)
The Rheinhafen centre of arts and the media by Frank O. Gehry (USA) consists of three contrasting building complexes and appears like a gigantic sculpture. The outer material of the central building reflects the buildings on its northern and southern side, thus creating a link between the three.
3. Banknote Building (Kaunas, Lithuania)
Looking for the bank? Look no further, pretty interesting idea to make the building look like money.
4. Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, United States)
The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, was finished in 1962. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ National Twenty-five Year Award in 1996.
5. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States)
Wonderworks is a tourist deestination located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States. The “explanation” for it being upside down is that the Wonderworks was once the facility of a top secret science experiment located on an island somewhere near the Bermuda Triangle. One day it was accidentally blown off its property by a man-made tornado, causing it to land somewhere in the U.S.
Written with love and coolness by Marius on February 23, 2012 in Interesting Things
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