Posted: 2016-07-04 05:13:19 by
Few buildings go on to have a life of their own – A life that spells the marvelous architecture and artisans that crafted it with their finesse and expertise. Such buildings become a part of the world’s heritage, a tourists not to be missed fantasy. We have listed the top ten most inspirational and famous buildings in the world in terms of their construction, architecture, design, and popularity all which make them attractive and unique in its own special way.
The Petronas Tower, Kuala Lumpur – Once gaining the title of the tallest building in the world between the year 1998-2004, the twin skyscrapers stand 170 feet tall above ground and are certainly pride for the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The awe inspiring structure of the towers was created as a 21st century icon by architects Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat, engineer Deejay Cerico and designer Dominic Saibo under the consultancy of JC Guinto. It took seven years of vigorous effort to construct the towers and included rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai–Standing tall at 829.8 metres, it is the tallest skyscraper and artificial structure ever created in the world. It was constructed to be a master Centre piece amongst the desert and to attract international recognition. Built up of 163 floors, it possesses world’s longest travel distance elevators of 504 meters and world’s highest observatory at 148th It consists of restaurants and commercial and residential
space and draws strength from its verticality and sleek silhouette.The building tapers gradually from its Y-shaped base crowning in a 700-foot spire.
Leaning Tower of Pisa. Europe – One of the most distinctive structures of Europe, the leaning tower is famous for its tilt which occurred as the structure was created on soft ground and leaned on one side as the ground could not handle the weight of the tower. The magnificent architecture’s construction commenced in the year 1173 and took a splendid 300 years to complete.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore – Acclaimed as the building of the year in the 2012 World architectural festival, this botanical garden spans 101 hectares of land. It intends to be the national icon of Singapore with major aim to serve as its premier outdoor recreation space. The magical make allows separate gardens to replicate varied climates and temperatures ranging from dry to humid, cold to hot weather allowing creation of various gardens such as flower dome and cloud forest. The Super trees groves are vertical gardens with heights between 82 feet to 160 feet and dominate the garden’s landscape and are fitted with environmental technologies that harness solar energy.
Empire State Building, New York – An art deco skyscraper it is an icon for New York. It is termed as one of the seven wonders of the modern world by American Society of Civil Engineers and was completed in a short span of 410 days. Designed by William F Lamb of architectural firm Shreitve, Lamb and Harmon, it contributes to one of the finest architecture in the world.
Taj Mahal, India - A symbol of true love and counted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is a major tourist attraction all over the world. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal is an exemplary example of Mughal architecture. Its style is a combination Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish as well as Indian architectural styles. Crafted with white marble and originally inlaid with precious stones, it is an integrated complex of many structures put together.
Guangzhou Opera House, China – Designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, its complex yet magnificent structure took five years for completion and is clad in granite and glass clad steel frame. Consisting of two dynamic structures each capacitated with 1800 seats and 400 seats, it has become one of the biggest performing center of Southern China.
The Shard, London – The tallest building in European Union, The Shard is an 87 floor skyscraper standing approximately at 1014 feet and is recorded as the second tallest structure in United Kingdom. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, it is also referred as the Shard of Glass. It is a spire like sculpture featuring 11,000 panes of glass spread over an area of 6,00,000 square feet – This is equal to eight football pitches or two and a half Trafalgar Squares. It possesses residential, retail and commercial space, restaurants and an observatory.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Texas– The Museum was designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architectsand represented a combination of architecture, nature and technology. The building is conceptualized in a way that it is a living example and a teaching tool for science students and designed as a large cube that is floating over a plinth which is landscaped with one acre of rolling green roof that is made up of draught resistant native Texas grass and rock. It features green technology such as rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, off-grid energy generation technology and solar-powered water heating.
Opera House, Sydney – One of the most renowned Australian architecture constructed in the 20th century, the design was inspired by architect Jorn Utzon. The amazing piece of art is made up of three groups of interlocking shells with two main performance hall and a restaurant.
With the advancements in technology and innovations at its peak, the list shall continue to grow endlessly. However for the moment, we feel that the above are the ones that should definitely not be missed.
About: Vijay K Wali is the Director, Operations with Smart Homes Infrastructure (P) Ltd. Smart Homes Infrastructure is a subsidiary of Smart Homes infrastructure Pte Ltd.
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