Most Amazing Buildings In The World
“Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. “ -Victor Hugo . Below are top 10 most amazing buildings in the world.
As rightly stated by above lines architecture is the reflection of our ideas, a material existence of our creativity. Human beings are gifted by almighty who has given brain to think, to discover new things, to create new ones and strength to implement our thoughts, but for this the basic requirement is idea. Here I’m going to tell about the craziest buildings of the world. These marvelous structures are just the implementation of ideas by great people.
1. The Crooked House Sopot Poland
The Krzywy Domek is an irregularly-shaped building in Sopot, Poland. Its name translates in to English as the Crooked House. it was built in 2004. It is approximately 4,000 square meters in size and is part of the Rezydent shopping center.
Krzywy Domek was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and paintings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. It is one of the most photographed structures.
2. The UFO House Sanjhih Taiwan
The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as the Sanzhi pod houses or Sanzhi Pod City, were a set of abandoned pod-shaped buildings in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. The site where the buildings were located was owned by Hung Kuo Group.
They were constructed beginning in 1978 as a vacation resort in a part of the northern coast adjacent to Tamsui, and were marketed towards U.S. military officers coming from their East Asian postings. However, the project was abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and several car accident deaths during construction, which is said to have been caused by the unfortuitous act of bisecting the Chinese dragon sculpture located near the resort gates for widening the road to the buildings. Other stories indicated that the site was the former burial ground for Dutch soldiers from then onwards they have become a subject in online discussions, described as a ghost town or “ruins of the future”.
3. Ripleys Building Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Known for the collection of strange and amazing stuff, have this building. It is located in Niagara Falls, Canada. This is the second oldest Ripley’s Museum in the world and is one of two in Canada. Located across the street is a Ripley’s 4D Movie Theatre, and up the street there is a Louis Tussauds Wax Works which is owned by Ripley’s.
4. Bahai House of Worship (“The Lotus Temple”)
The Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple because of its flowerlike shape, is a Bahá’í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.
Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tallthat is capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The surface of the House of Worship is made of white marble from Penteli, mountain in Greece.
The site is in the village of Bahapur, in the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The architect was an Iranian, who now lives in Canada, named Fariborz Sahba. He was approached in 1976 to design it and later oversaw its construction. Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi has, as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. Its numbers of visitors during those years surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.
5. Cubic Houses Rotterdam Netherlands
Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blomand. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree and all the houses together, a forest. The houses in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, and beside the Blaak Subway Station. There are 38 small cubes and two so called ‘super-cubes’, all attached to each other.
The houses in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, and beside the Blaak Subway Station. There are 38 small cubes and two so called ‘super-cubes’, all attached to each other.
The houses contain three floors:
- ground floor entrance
- first floor with living room and open kitchen
- second floor with two bedrooms and bathroom
- top floor which is sometimes used as a small garden
The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square meters.
6. Dancing Building Prague Czech Republic
The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague, Czech Republic, at Rašín’s riverbank. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with the renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.
The “dancing” shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension. On the top of the building is a large twisted structure of metal nicknamed Medusa.
The general shape of the building is now featured on a gold 2,000 CZK coin issued by the Czech National Bank. The coin completes a series entitled “Ten Centuries of Architecture”.
7. Forest Spiral Hundertwasser Building Darmstadt Germany
The Waldspirale is a residential building complex in Darmstadt, Germany, built in the 1990s. The name translates into English as forest spiral, reflecting both the general plan of the building and the fact that it has a green roof. It was designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned and implemented by architect Heinz M. Springmann, and constructed by the Bauverein Darmstadt company. The building was completed in 2000.
It contains 105 apartments, a parking garage, a kiosk as well as a café and a bar (the last two being located at the top of the spiral). The inner courtyard contains a playground for the children of the residents and a small artificial lake. The windows of the Waldspirale, which number over 1000, are all unique: no two windows are the same. Similarly, different handles are attached in each apartment to the doors and windows. Some of the apartments are decorated in Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s personal style and exhibit the colourful tiles in the bath and kitchen that are characteristic of his work.
The style which attract the attention includes the gilded onion domes, the absence of straight lines and sharp corners, the multicoloured painting of the building in earth tones and the colourful ceramic columns.
8. Kansas City Public Library Missouri United States
The library has special collections, housed in the Central Library’s Missouri Valley Room, has a collection of Kansas City local history, including original and published materials, news articles, post cards, photographs, maps, and city directories dating from the community’s earliest history. The Library’s Ramos Collection includes books, pamphlets, journal articles and other materials relating to African-American history and culture.
The system operates its Central Branch and neighborhood branches located in Kansas City, Independence, and Sugar Creek. Founded in 1873, it is the oldest and third largest public library system in the metropolitan Kansas City area.
9. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain
It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists. It is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was eventually built at a cost of US$89 million. On October 18, 1997, the museum was opened by Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Eleven thousand square meters of exhibition space are distributed over nineteen galleries, ten of which follow a classic orthogonal plan that can be identified from the exterior by their stone finishes. The remaining nine galleries are irregularly shaped and can be identified from the outside by their swirling organic forms and titanium cladding. The largest gallery, measures 30 meters wide and 130 meters long.
10. Torre Galatea, Spain
The museum opened on September 28, 1974, with continuing expansions through the mid-1980s. It houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Salvador Dalí, the heart of which was from the artist’s own collection. In addition to Dalí paintings from all decades of his career, there are Dalí sculptures, 3-dimensional collages, mechanical devices, a living-room with custom furniture that looks like the face of Mae West when viewed from a certain spot, and other curiosities from Dalí’s imagination.
The museum also houses a small selection of works by other artists collected by Dalí, ranging from El Greco to Marcel Duchamp, and a gallery devoted to the work of Dalí’s friend and fellow Catalan artist Antoni Pitxot, who became director of the museum after Dalí’s death. The old theater was bombed in the Spanish Civil War and remained in a state of ruin for decades until Dalí and the mayor of Figueres decided to rebuild it as a museum dedicated to the town’s most famous son in 1960. The museum also occupies buildings and courtyards adjacent to the old theater building.
These are some of the vast amazing structures built by human race hope this goes om forever so that we can see more of these amazing architectures.
Author: Ayushi Sirohi