8 Cool and Weird Buildings in the World

Swarali Jambhale May 9, 2019
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"I'm convinced that without bad design, the world would be a far less stimulating place; we would have nothing to marvel over and nothing to be nostalgic about." - Carrie Phillips

Lotus Temple

This classic nine doored art, completed in 1986 was architected by Fariborz Sabha. It has a seating capacity of 2,500 that is noble to visitors and does not see any religion or qualification as a barrier!

Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)

This intriguing cathedral, completed on May 31, 1970 was architected by Oscar Niemeyer. It is hyperboloid in structure made from 16 concrete columns with each column weighing 90 tons!

Casa Mila (Barcelona, Spain)

Architected by Antoni Gaudi, this “Stone Quarry”, was in controversy for its undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies. Constructed between 1906 and 1912, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

A landmark building in Brussels, Atomium, which is now a museum, was originally built for 'Brussels World’s Fair'. The edifice - architected by André and Jean Polak, stands 102 m tall with 9 stainless steel clad spheres forming a 165 billion times magnified structure of an iron crystal!

Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

One of the largest museums in Spain, and architected by Frank Gehry, this miracle in Bilbao boasts of being the most admired works of contemporary architecture! Set along the Nervion River, the cost of this building has summed up to a whopping US$89 million!

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The Shard

Formerly known as the London Bridge Tower, this supertall skyscraper is architected by Renzo Piano. This 309.7 m long glass clad pyramidal tower stands as the tallest building in the United Kingdom!

Guangzhou Opera House

A result of an international architectural competition, this Chinese opera house was designed by Zaha Hadid. The design, then, was named as “double pebble” with 1.38 billion yuan (approx. US$200 million) as its building cost!

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Burj Al Arab

Dubai is a place of exuberant architecture and zestful nightlife, and Burj Al Arab, a 280 m tall building on an artificial island adds up to its architectural treasure!

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Architected by Tom Wright, the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship!
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