Since our ancient times, history has unveiled some interesting expression of cultural and social growth. Today, innovative building and techniques forms a new way of thinking that where this art comes from. Blend of old and new, classic and modern gave these 24 amazing buildings around the world, take a look!
Indira Gandhi Planetarium, India
“Situated at Suraj kund Park, it is a novel attraction of the city. The Saturn shaped building of the planetarium is unique of its kind.” Indira Gandhi Planetarium building is in unique Saturn shape with its five rings. The 21 meter diameter spherical building of the planetarium rest on platform, which is especially designed to give an idea of crater formation on celestial bodies. The platform is surrounded by waterpool with fountains.
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile
A strange volcano-like building spews water instead of lava; its welcoming windows embellish with moss and vines, complementing the surrounding trees.
Deep in southern Chile lies the Montana Magica Lodge – an extraordinary hotel hidden away in the centre of a 300,000-acre private nature reserve. It might be completely artificial but the Montana Magica lodge in Chile even ‘erupts’ every day, sending water running down the outside of the 13-room guest house. This incredible, mind-blowing building is startlingly beautiful, and is nestled in the heart of a gorgeous natural reserve in South America.
Singapore Pavilion, Singapore
The music-box-like Singapore Pavilion is a two-story structure with an “Urban Symphony” theme. The theme is inspired by the harmony of unique elements in Singapore: progress and sustainability, urbanization and greenery, tradition and modernity and a cosmopolitan mix of residents of different races living peacefully together. The pavilion incorporates an orchestra of elements into its design – music fountains, an interplay of sounds and visuals, and roof garden flora, with the country’s unique rhythm and melody.
Toilet-Shaped House, South Korea
The Toilet-Shaped House has a very unique design, and was built by Sim Jae-duck, the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association, and he hopes his toilet house will highlight the global need for better sanitation.
Sutyagin House, Russia
The Sutyagin House was a wooden structure in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The 13-story, 144-foot tall residence of a local entrepreneur Nikolai Petrovich Sutyagin was reported to be the world’s tallest wooden house. Constructed by Sutyagin and his family over 15 years, without formal plans or a building permit, the structure deteriorated while Sutyagin spent a few years in prison on racketeering charges.
Piano and Violin Building, China
This unique piano house was built recently in An Hui Province, China. Inside of the violin is the escalator to the building. The building displays various city plans and development prospects in an effort to draw interest into the recently developed area.This unusual Piano and Violin shaped building built in 2007 serves as showroom for exhibiting the plans for newly created district of Shannan in Huainan City, China.The transparent Violin houses the escalators and the staircase for the main piano building which displays various plans and development prospects for newly developed area.
Nautilus House, Mexico
The Nautilus house located near Mexico City is a unique shell shaped house designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica. The house design is very innovative, unusual and audacious. Javier Senosiain decided to bring the life aquatic into architecture.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Building, United Kingdom
The PricewaterhouseCoopers building claimed to have the title of the most environmentally friendly building in London. This marvelous structure makes use of renewable energy sources and integrates an advanced IT system. This system lets workers change the light and temperature in their space to suit their individual needs.
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
The low-carbon development of Masdar City has an integral role in transforming Abu Dhabi’s economy from an oil foundation to one with a knowledge and innovation base. It serves as a centralised test bed for global renewable energy and technology companies. The city itself is designed to maximise convenience and reduce environmental impacts.
Crystal Island, Russia
This eye-catching building,crystal island in Moscow is set to become the world’s largest building. Enclosed within a vast mega structure covering a total floor area of 2.5million square metres – the project’s scale is unprecedented. At 450m the scheme in one of the tallest structures enclosing the largest volume, on the planet. It also creates a spectacular new emblem on the Moscow skyline. Conceived as a self-contained city within a city, it contains a rich mix of buildings including museums, theatres and cinemas, to ensure that it is a major new destination for the whole of Moscow.
Cor, United States
This breathtaking building in Miami will be another impressive feat in energy-efficiency. The bubble-like holes will actually contain wind turbines and garden terraces, maximizing this mind-blowing building’s potential.
Ferdinand Cheval Palace (Ideal Palace), France
This unbelievable building in France took much longer to build than most structures. Struck by the stones in a particular area of his mail route, Ferdinand Cheval collected rocks for 33 years. As legend has it, first he carried the stones in his pocket, but soon moved up to using a basket and a wheelbarrow. To build the building, he often worked at night by the light of oil lamps.
BMW Welt, Germany
The BMW Welt is one of the first buildings representing a new generation of communication buildings for the 21st century. This is where the corporation goes into dialogue with its customers, friends and visitors from all over the world – a place of meeting and of change.
The open style of architecture and the glass facade allow a lot of light into the rooms and open up the building towards its surroundings. Simultaneously, the BMW Welt harmonically blends into the context of the architecture of the Olympiapark and the existing BMW buildings.
Cubic Houses, The Netherlands
The Cubic Houses are a curious and magnificent architectural wonder located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They were conceived and constructed by architect Piet Blom in the 1970s. Blom was asked by Rotterdam town planners to solve the dilemma of building houses on top of a pedestrian bridge, and, having built similar houses earlier in another town, Blom chose to repeat the design in Rotterdam.
Tower of Glass, Russia
This is another amazing building, this time proposed to be built in the middle of the woods. Destined for Siberia, this mind-blowing building is designed to catapult the amount of solar electricity captured by solar panels due to daytime reflections. Made largely of glass, the structure is truly impressive.
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Japan
The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1972, the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism, an architectural movement emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence. It was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use.
The UFO Houses, Taiwan
This collection of beautiful houses in Taiwan is also known as Sanzhi Pod City. Originally intended as a vacation resort, these houses were completed in the late 1970s. However, the houses were abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and several deaths during construction. Many different stories abound regarding the cause of the deaths, with one popular account blaming dissecting a dragon sculpture near the entrance in order to widen the road. In any case, these eye-popping houses were sadly demolished in 2010, to make way for a commercial, seaside resort.
House Attack, Austria
House Attack is the first modern art piece you will see upon entering the museum. Go inside and be greeted by an extensive collection of artworks. From classical modernity and cubism to futurism and surrealism, you will be overwhelmed by great variety at MUMOK.
The Bank of Asia (Robot Building), Thailand
This building was designed in 1985 by Sumet Jumsai, one of Thailand’s best-loved architects, also famous for the Bangkok’s Elephant Building. A contemporary of Buckminster Fuller he took inspiration from his son’s toy robot and let it loose on a design for the Bank of Asia (now United Overseas Bank) headquarters. A sign of the times, this cheery robot signifies the friendly face of technology.
The Dancing House, Czech Republic
Dancing House is set in a fine location by the Vltava River in Prague. Its design is unique, and especially striking in the city centre because it is a modern building surrounded by historic architecture.Dancing House was constructed between 1992-1996. The top floor of Dancing House is the only part of the building open to the public, and is home to one of the city’s leading restaurants: the Ginger & Fred Restaurant.
Hundertwasser Building, Germany
This eye-opening building in Darmstadt, Germany, is a truly creative residential building. The unique front defies the typical grid pattern, with windows appearing to be out of order. The exterior is meant to mimic sediment layers in the ground, creating an arresting stripe pattern. Inside this 12-floor building there’s a small artificial lake, courtyard, playground, and 105 apartments.
Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center, UAE
Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre concept, a 62 metre high building is proposing to house five theatres – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre with a combined seating capacity for 6,300. The Centre may also house an Academy of Performing Arts. The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre will be one of five major cultural institutions on the new 270- hectacre cultural district of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi for the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC).
Vertical Village, Dubai
The building features a massive spiderweb of solar cells at the south end of the building, but retains the ability to angle the solar collectors towards the sun. Not only that, the east- and north-facing sides of the building are self shading, reducing the need for artificial cooling. On top of being massively energy-efficient, the building will also have a beautiful and inspiring interior. The village is slated to include hotels, shops, cinemas, a theater, and restaurants, making this mind-blowing building an awe-inspiring center.
Incredible Cube Structure ACME United Nations Memorial Space, South Korea
This design was one of the finalists in a South Korean competition looking for original ways to build up a United Nations peace park. Incredibly, individual cells are combined to make up this large cube structure.