Some Of The Best Building Designs Around The World (100 pics)

Posted in PICDUMPS       1 Aug 2016       8032       GALLERY VIEW

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The stylish Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt has the capacity to hold more than 4 million books.

Designed by the architect Colin St John Wilson, the Grade I-listed British Library is home to the world's largest collection of books — and a stunning, sleek interior made up of wavy staircases and sharp lines.

Zaha Hadid's extension of the Ordrupgaard Museum near Jægersborg Dyrehave in Denmark is encased in black lava concrete, which changes colour from grey to black depending on the weather.

The Pompidou Centre in Paris, designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, contains a modern art museum, a music centre, and a well-stocked public library.

The Clyde Auditorium, or "The Armadillo," in Glasgow the most stylish place to enjoy a concert north of the border.

The doughnut-shaped Guangzhou Circle in China hosts the world's biggest trading centre for raw plastic materials.

Mestia Airport in Georgia, which serves passengers visiting a nearby ski resort, was designed in just three months.

The award-winning New John Jay College building in New York City provides everything its students needs in one space: including science labs, kitchens, and a daycare centre.

The curved structure of wine museum La Cité du Vin, designed by XTU Architects in Bordeaux, France, evokes the shape of a vine, wine glass, and other wine-related motifs.

The cylindrical shape of the iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, certainly makes an impression in New York City's Upper East Side.

Unlike most skyscrapers, the 256-foot and 344-foot-tall towers of Bosco Verticale (which translates to “vertical forest”) in Milan are adorned with greenery, decorated with over 700 trees and 90 types of plants.

Borobudur temple in the island of Java, Indonesia, supports 72 statues of Buddha.

It's not hard to see what makes Alhambra — a historic palace/fort in Granada, Spain, that's an ode to the country's Moorish past — a World Heritage Site.

Completed in 2010 by the firm WAM Architecten, the four-star Inntel Hotel in Amsterdam looks more like a LEGO structure rather than a pile of houses stacked on top of each other.

The shops nestled into the Ponte Vecchio arch bridge in Florence, Italy, were once home to butchers' shops, but are now occupied by souvenir-sellers.

The 44-story skyscraper of China's state TV channel, CCTV, is made of six horizontal and vertical rectangular blocks.

The 15th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Novella stands out even among Florence's distinguished architecture.

The Faisal Mosque is the largest and most striking religious building in Pakistan.

The grid-like pattern on Renzo Piano's stunning New York Times building in midtown Manhattan cleverly reflects the format of the newspaper and city.

The 'Dancing House" in Prague was created by Frank Gehry to replace a neo-renaissance building that had been bombed in World War Two.

The sloping structure of the W. R. Grace Building in New York City is a monochrome masterpiece. Its facade also reflects other buildings and the sky to create a mind-bending optical illusion.

Among London's most beautiful buildings, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel and King's Cross Clocktower stand out on Euston Road thanks to their striking Gothic Revival facade, designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott.

The curved, multiple levels of Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower, where the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's design school is based, make the building look like it's moving.

The Hotel Parkroyal in Singapore blends into its green surroundings by filling its huge balconies with plants.

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, UK, ambitiously merges British and Indian culture.

Rokuon-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.

The €164 million (about £137 million) HARPA Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland cuts through the country's harsh climate with sharp diagonal lines.

The Torre Galatea Figueras in Catalonia, Spain, is a museum for Salvador Dalí.

The Frauenkirche in Dresden was destroyed during World War Two, but its beautiful restoration was completed in 2004.

The Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has one of the coolest office spaces in Oslo, Norway.

The sleek Opera House in Oslo is made up of a maze of 1,100 rooms.

The Lotus Temple in Dehli, India draws hordes of tourist with its striking modern design.

The "Ideal Palace" in Hauterives, France, is the result of more than 33 years work by the French postman Ferdinand Cheval.

The triangular shape of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is cleverly echoed in the stained glass windows that line its interior.

The Church of Colònia Güell in Catalonia, by Antoni Gaudí, was never fully completed, but it is still unmissable.

The Palace of Italian Civilisation, nicknamed the "Square Colosseum," is one of Rome's more simple yet subtly beautiful buildings. Today, the building serves as the headquarters of the designer Fendi.

At an astonishing 290,000-square-feet, the Emporia mall in Malmo, Sweden, is the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia.

The 25 overground and two underground floors of the Fuji Television headquarters in Tokyo were completed in 1997.

The sharp angles and futuristic look of Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas make it one of Texas' most cutting-edge buildings.

The world's largest structure to be built out of mud, The Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali is an architectural masterpiece that looks as though it has sprouted out of the ground.

The undulating concrete roof of Bodegas Ysios, a winery in Spain's Rioja Alavesa, is used to produce the region's iconic wine.

The Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro casts an impressive shadow thanks to its over-the-top neofuturist design.

Temppeliaukio Church in the Finnish capital of Helsinki was built into a rock by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen before opening in 1969.

The world's largest solar furnace can be found in Odeillo, France. It can reach temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celcius.

The 118-foot-tall zinc roof on the glass-fronted Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, makes a startling impression on the shore of the Clyde River in Glasgow.

The exterior of Gare do Oriente, a train station in Lisbon designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is made up of spires and large, skeleton-like wings.

Frank Lloyd Wright's church at Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, blends almost seamlessly into the rocks surrounding it.

Find peace at Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, in northern Thailand.

Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, embodies the architect's signature curvy, dramatic style.

The Lutheran Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík is the largest church in Iceland. The design — by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson — represents the flowing lava of Iceland’s active volcanoes.

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