Building Designs In The World That Are Outclass And Amazing (100 pics)
1The bizarre-looking Vodafone Headquarters in Portugal shrugs off the conventional straight lines you might expect from a corporate entity.
2The remains of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Scotland provide a haunting setting for a brisk walk.
3The Triangeln station in Malmö, Sweden, looks more like a portal into the future than a train.
4The playful Dunmore Pineapple building in Scotland has been entertaining visitors since its creation in 1761.
5The Grand Lisboa in Macau, China is one of many casino hotels in the region, but no other gambling hall is nearly as flashy.
6At 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.
7Argentina'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.
8The Seagram Building in the heart of New York City is both conventional and unique, epitomising the virtues of modernism.
9The Aqueduct of Segovia in central Spain was built by the Roman Empire in the 1st century and dominates the central square.
10Built 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.
11Ta Prohm Temple is one of over 1,000 temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was used in the filming of "Tomb Raider."
12Neue 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.
13The 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.
14Station Arnhem in the Netherlands was transformed in 2015. Its swanky new transfer hall has a contemporary feel, supported by twisting steel columns.
15Walk under the colourful table-top structure of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada.
16Holmenkollen 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.
17Frank Gehry transformed the Marques de Riscal winery in Spain's Basque Country into a visual spectacle.
18The 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.
19Marvel at what is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace, the New Palace, in Sanssouci park in Potsdam, Germany.
20The Spittelau District Heating Plant in Vienna is beamed directly from the wacky mind of esteemed artist and architect Hundertwasser.
21The dramatic roof trellis atop Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, creates beautiful shapes in the terminal ceiling.
22The spectacular Miramare Castle overhangs the Italian coast near Trieste.
23The dome-shaped National Grand Theatre in Beijing dominates the surrounding area, with a 696-foot circumference.
24The Hearst Tower, a sleek modern skyscraper inspired by the 1920s on New York City's Eighth Avenue, stands majestic amid drab rectangular buildings.
25The trippy Markthal in Rotterdam's Blaak market square is the work of MVRDV — the team that led the "Superdutch" architectural movement.
26The 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.
27Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is built on top of an artificial hill in Athens.
28Watch tourists' jaws drop as they look up in the Great Court — designed by Norman Foster — at the British Museum.
29The Catherine Palace just south of St. Petersburg was where the Russian Tsars spent their summer months.
30This bubble-shaped pod at the Ceratto Winery overlooking the vineyards in Alba, Italy, is designed to resemble a grape.
31The Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China, succeeds in its aim of producing a retail environment which is devoid of harsh corners.
32The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany, is a perfect mashup of World War II ruins and early 1960s architecture.
33The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum gives impressive panoramic views of Rio de Janiero.
34Supported 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.
35Made out of glass, limestone, and titanium, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain shimmers in the sunlight.
36The razor-like Kingdom Centre overlooks Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.
37Kanazawa Station in Tokyo, Japan, has a show-stopping red gate — Tsuzumi Gate — at the entrance, reminiscent of traditional Japanese drums.
38Aula Medica, an auditorium complex at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, is an imposing, leaning tower with multi-coloured, triangle panels echoing its flat-iron shape.
39The main terminal at Spain's Bilbao Airport, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is one of the most beautiful in the world.
40The 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.
41The Evolution Tower in Moscow looks like two ribbons twisted round each other, reminiscent of the structure of DNA.
42Designed by the architect A. B. Hubback, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station's Moorish influence is evident in its ornately decorated domes, arcs, and turrets.
43Le Corbusier's Chapelle La Notre Dame du Haut, a tiny chapel near the French town of Ronchamp, is a bold 20th-century masterpiece.
44The rooms of Sharifi-ha House in Tehran, Iran, can be rotated by 90-degrees to allow for shifting perspectives on the outside world.
45Syndey'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.
46The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a mesh of glass sails nestled in the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris.
47Look 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.
48The Matrimandir in Pondicherry, India, is a place for quiet reflection.
49The M by Montcalm building in east London provides an optical illusion that leaves passers-by dazzled.
50The stylish Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt has the capacity to hold more than 4 million books.
51Designed 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.
52Zaha 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.
53The 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.
54The Clyde Auditorium, or "The Armadillo," in Glasgow the most stylish place to enjoy a concert north of the border.
55The doughnut-shaped Guangzhou Circle in China hosts the world's biggest trading centre for raw plastic materials.
56Mestia Airport in Georgia, which serves passengers visiting a nearby ski resort, was designed in just three months.
57The 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.
58The 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.
59The 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.
60Unlike 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.
61Borobudur temple in the island of Java, Indonesia, supports 72 statues of Buddha.
62It'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.
63Completed 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.
64The shops nestled into the Ponte Vecchio arch bridge in Florence, Italy, were once home to butchers' shops, but are now occupied by souvenir-sellers.
65The 44-story skyscraper of China's state TV channel, CCTV, is made of six horizontal and vertical rectangular blocks.
66The 15th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Novella stands out even among Florence's distinguished architecture.
67The Faisal Mosque is the largest and most striking religious building in Pakistan.
68The grid-like pattern on Renzo Piano's stunning New York Times building in midtown Manhattan cleverly reflects the format of the newspaper and city.
69The 'Dancing House" in Prague was created by Frank Gehry to replace a neo-renaissance building that had been bombed in World War Two.
70The 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.
71Among 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.
72The 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.
73The Hotel Parkroyal in Singapore blends into its green surroundings by filling its huge balconies with plants.
74The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, UK, ambitiously merges British and Indian culture.
75Rokuon-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan.
76The €164 million (about £137 million) HARPA Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland cuts through the country's harsh climate with sharp diagonal lines.
77The Torre Galatea Figueras in Catalonia, Spain, is a museum for Salvador Dalí.
78The Frauenkirche in Dresden was destroyed during World War Two, but its beautiful restoration was completed in 2004.
79The Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has one of the coolest office spaces in Oslo, Norway.
80The sleek Opera House in Oslo is made up of a maze of 1,100 rooms.
81The Lotus Temple in Dehli, India draws hordes of tourist with its striking modern design.
82The "Ideal Palace" in Hauterives, France, is the result of more than 33 years work by the French postman Ferdinand Cheval.
83The triangular shape of the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is cleverly echoed in the stained glass windows that line its interior.
84The Church of Colònia Güell in Catalonia, by Antoni Gaudí, was never fully completed, but it is still unmissable.
85The 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.
86At an astonishing 290,000-square-feet, the Emporia mall in Malmo, Sweden, is the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia.
87The 25 overground and two underground floors of the Fuji Television headquarters in Tokyo were completed in 1997.
88The sharp angles and futuristic look of Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas make it one of Texas' most cutting-edge buildings.
89The 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.
90The undulating concrete roof of Bodegas Ysios, a winery in Spain's Rioja Alavesa, is used to produce the region's iconic wine.
91The Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro casts an impressive shadow thanks to its over-the-top neofuturist design.
92Temppeliaukio Church in the Finnish capital of Helsinki was built into a rock by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen before opening in 1969.
93The world's largest solar furnace can be found in Odeillo, France. It can reach temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celcius.
94The 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.
95The 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.
96Frank Lloyd Wright's church at Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, blends almost seamlessly into the rocks surrounding it.
97Find peace at Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, in northern Thailand.
98Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, embodies the architect's signature curvy, dramatic style.
99The 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.