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

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The slide-like Urbis building in Manchester, UK, contains a National Football Museum.

The bizarre-looking Vodafone Headquarters in Portugal shrugs off the conventional straight lines you might expect from a corporate entity.

The remains of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Scotland provide a haunting setting for a brisk walk.

The Triangeln station in Malmö, Sweden, looks more like a portal into the future than a train.

The playful Dunmore Pineapple building in Scotland has been entertaining visitors since its creation in 1761.

The Grand Lisboa in Macau, China is one of many casino hotels in the region, but no other gambling hall is nearly as flashy.

At 387 feet, Scandic Victoria Tower — designed by architect Gert Wingårdh — is the tallest building in Stockholm. The tower's stunning facade, comprised of mismatched mirrors, reflects the sky.

Argentina's top government building, the Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, is reportedly painted pink to soothe tensions between the country’s opposing political parties: the red of the Federales, mixed with the white of the Unitarians.

The Seagram Building in the heart of New York City is both conventional and unique, epitomising the virtues of modernism.

The Aqueduct of Segovia in central Spain was built by the Roman Empire in the 1st century and dominates the central square.

Built on top of a Formula One race track, the luxury hotel Yas Viceroy Dubai has an imposing canopy studded with LEDs that shine bright in the dark.

Ta Prohm Temple is one of over 1,000 temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was used in the filming of "Tomb Raider."

Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin conceived by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1960s has a Modernist design with clean lines and plenty of glass to allow light in.

The visitors' centre at Christchurch Botanical Gardens in New Zealand's Hagley Park has a clean, elegant aesthetic and an all-glass facade making visitors feel as though they are still outdoors.

Station Arnhem in the Netherlands was transformed in 2015. Its swanky new transfer hall has a contemporary feel, supported by twisting steel columns.

Walk under the colourful table-top structure of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump in the village of Holmenkollen, just outside of Oslo, isn't just for brazen skiers to jump off — the stainless steel structure also offers spectacular city and fjord views from a platform at the top.

Frank Gehry transformed the Marques de Riscal winery in Spain's Basque Country into a visual spectacle.

The beautifully designed Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores hundreds of thousands of seeds, with the aim of protecting them in the event of a global apocalypse.

Marvel at what is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace, the New Palace, in Sanssouci park in Potsdam, Germany.

The Spittelau District Heating Plant in Vienna is beamed directly from the wacky mind of esteemed artist and architect Hundertwasser.

The dramatic roof trellis atop Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, creates beautiful shapes in the terminal ceiling.

The spectacular Miramare Castle overhangs the Italian coast near Trieste.

The dome-shaped National Grand Theatre in Beijing dominates the surrounding area, with a 696-foot circumference.

The Hearst Tower, a sleek modern skyscraper inspired by the 1920s on New York City's Eighth Avenue, stands majestic amid drab rectangular buildings.

The trippy Markthal in Rotterdam's Blaak market square is the work of MVRDV — the team that led the "Superdutch" architectural movement.

The striking Flinders Street Station in Melbourne is designed in a French Renaissance style. It's the busiest train station in Australia, serving more than 90,000 passengers every weekday.

 

Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is built on top of an artificial hill in Athens.

Watch tourists' jaws drop as they look up in the Great Court — designed by Norman Foster — at the British Museum.

The Catherine Palace just south of St. Petersburg was where the Russian Tsars spent their summer months.

This bubble-shaped pod at the Ceratto Winery overlooking the vineyards in Alba, Italy, is designed to resemble a grape.

The Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China, succeeds in its aim of producing a retail environment which is devoid of harsh corners.

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany, is a perfect mashup of World War II ruins and early 1960s architecture.

The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum gives impressive panoramic views of Rio de Janiero.

Supported by two bright red columns on each side, the São Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil looks almost like it's floating in mid-air. It's one of the city's coolest buildings.

Made out of glass, limestone, and titanium, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain shimmers in the sunlight.

The razor-like Kingdom Centre overlooks Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.

Kanazawa Station in Tokyo, Japan, has a show-stopping red gate — Tsuzumi Gate — at the entrance, reminiscent of traditional Japanese drums.

Aula Medica, an auditorium complex at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, is an imposing, leaning tower with multi-coloured, triangle panels echoing its flat-iron shape.

The main terminal at Spain's Bilbao Airport, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is one of the most beautiful in the world.

The saucer-like shape of Spaceport America, designed by Foster + Partners, brings a sense of space down to Earth, amid the New Mexico desert in the US.

The Evolution Tower in Moscow looks like two ribbons twisted round each other, reminiscent of the structure of DNA.

Designed by the architect A. B. Hubback, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station's Moorish influence is evident in its ornately decorated domes, arcs, and turrets.

Le Corbusier's Chapelle La Notre Dame du Haut, a tiny chapel near the French town of Ronchamp, is a bold 20th-century masterpiece.

The rooms of Sharifi-ha House in Tehran, Iran, can be rotated by 90-degrees to allow for shifting perspectives on the outside world.

Syndey's 1 Bligh Street is a 456-foot-tall skyscraper with a contemporary design. Look up in the atrium for a stunning view of the building's interior.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a mesh of glass sails nestled in the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris.

Look up inside New York City's new World Trade Center PATH station for a phenomenal view of the steel and concrete structure created by architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Matrimandir in Pondicherry, India, is a place for quiet reflection.

The M by Montcalm building in east London provides an optical illusion that leaves passers-by dazzled.


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