Unique Buildings in the World: 10 Cities You Have to Visit

If you are an architecture enthusiastic like us, come take a look at some must see cities with world famous buildings

For those who get the chills when they see an unique building with amazing architecture, we have prepared a list of 10 cities you would love, home to some of the most unique buildings in the world.


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1. O-14 Tower in Dubai

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Home to the highest building in the world, a seven-star hotel, and the only man-made archipelago modeled after the seven continents, Dubai’s development has lured top contemporary architects to feed into its outdoor design frenzy, filling the city with many unique buildings in the world.

The O-14, as we can see in the image above, is one of many amazing architecture buildings in the city, and it’s a 22-story tall commercial tower perched on a two-story podium, broke ground in February 2007, and comprises over 300,000 square feet of office space for the Dubai Business Bay. O-14 is located along the extension of Dubai Creek, occupying a prominent location on the waterfront esplanade. O14 is sheathed in a forty centimeter-thick concrete shell perforated by over 1,300 openings that create a lace-like effect on the building’s façade.

The shell is not only the structure of the building, it acts as a sunscreen open to light, air, and views. A space nearly one meter deep between the shell and the main enclosure creates a so-called “chimney effect,” a phenomenon whereby hot air has room to rise and effectively cools the surface of the glass windows behind the perforated shell. This passive solar technique essentially contributes to a natural component to the cooling system for O-14, thus reducing energy consumption and costs, just one of many innovative aspects of the building’s design.

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2. Flatiron Building in New York

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Home to some of the unique buildings in the world, no city’s skyline is quite as iconic or beautiful as New York City’s. An example of this is the Flatiron Building, one of the first skyscrapers built in New York, got its name because of its similar format to an iron. This world famous building was opened in 1902, has 87 meters high and 22 floors.

Other examples of amazing architecture in the city are the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Seagram Building, some of the world’s most important and famous buildings.

New York is trully a wonder to architecture lovers and you can’t miss the city’s world famous buildings!

3. Aqua in Chicago

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When compared with the other constructions, this is a quite recent project as construction began in 2007 and the building was inaugurated in 2009.

This unique building in the world is over 250 meters tall and has over 50.000 squared meters in floor area, for shops and offices. Plus, it has 210 hotel rooms, 476 residential rooms and 263 condominiums rooms.

Jeanne Gang was the architect in charge of the project, who holds the title for the woman responsible for bringing to life the biggest architectural project ever made by an american company.

The built [constructed] environment of Chicago is reflective of the city’s history and multicultural heritage, featuring prominent amazing architecture buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects.

4. Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

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This architectural wonder is one of many famous buidings from the city and began its construction in 2008 but it was only opened to the public in 2014, after a total cost of over $140 million.

This non-profit is an art museum and cultural center, sponsored by, you guessed it, the LVMH Group.

The city of Paris has notable examples of amazing architecture of every period from the Middle Ages to the 21st century and was the birthplace of the Gothic style architecture, as it can be noticed in many famous monuments in the city, giving a special touch as the city has some of the most unique buildings in the world.

This is a city that will make you fall in love!

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5. Maxxi in Rome

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MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity, and has amazing architecture features. The programming of the activities – exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, educational projects – reflects MAXXI’s vocation as a place for the conservation and exhibition of its collections but also, and above all, a laboratory for cultural experimentation and innovation, for the study, research and production of the aesthetic contents of our time.

Rome is home to some of the most unique buildings in the world, as well as famous monuments, due to its amazing architecture, with classical and Imperial Roman lines, such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon, making this Italian city a true must see to history and architecture lovers.

6. One Central Park in Sydney

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This building has a multitude of uses and it is a combination of two residential towers, plus a six-floor retail shopping center.

This is a quite new construction, since it was completed in 2012-2013 and it’s an award-winning building, as it should be expeted due to its amazing architecture, that makes it one of the most unique buildings in the world, with a total area of 6 hectares, designed in a joint venture between Foster and Partners and Sekisui House.

Sydney’s amazing architecture is not characterised by no one’s architectural style, but by an extensive juxtaposition of old and new architecture over the city’s 200-year history, from its modest beginnings with local materials and lack of international funding to its present-day modernity with an expansive skyline of high rises and skyscrapers.

7. La Pedrera in Barcelona

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This world famous building ia a fantastic wonder from the legendary Gaudi. La Pedrera represents his swirling imagination and is a good example of unique buildings in the world, innovating with it’s amazing architecture.

Built between 1906 and 1912, this construction is also well known by the name of Casa Milà and it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984.

In Barcelona, architecture is so much more than just Gaudí, but it’s influence can be noticed in the style of modern architecture, as the use of colour and imagination fills the city.

More famous monuments can be seen in Barcelona, such as Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Jean Nouvel’s Agbar Tower, Frank Gehry’s Fish and as it couldn’t go unnoticed, due to its amazing architecture, the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Family, known simply as the Sagrada Familia.

This city will simply blow your mind with its amazing architecture!

8. Opera House in Copenhagen

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The main stage of the opera seats an audience of 1400, where you can see the most amazing performances. The Opera House is clad with southern German Jura Gelb limestone, and the foyer features Sicilian Perlatino marble. Nevertheless, the ceiling in the main auditorium is adorned with 105,000 sheets of 24-carat gold leaf, what is equivalent to 1.5 kilos of gold.

The city is endorned with some of the most unique buildings in the world such as the Axel Towers, the Silo, 8House and many other buildings with amazing architecture that always makes a statement.

This city never stops surprising us!

9. Museo ABC in Madrid

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This former brewery, now a gallery, was refurbished by Aranguren & Gallegos in 2011. The six-storey building features an amazing architecture, with exterior wall of asymmetric glass and steel tiles, which also cover the courtyard, where they serve as skylights to the basement exhibition space. Its interior is clean and minimalist. Museo ABC showcases illustrations and cartoons encompassing more than 100 years of Spanish history from Spain’s oldest existing newspaper, ABC.

Madrid is unfathomable. If the city itself is immense and it´s examples of amazing architecture are overwhelming! For over a half a century, Madrid has been an experimental laboratory for modern and contemporary architecture in Spain, embellishing the city with some of the most unique buildings in the world as it is filled with numerous examples of innovative and experimental architecture, few of which are valued and recognized. The city is also home to some of the most famous monuments in the world.

10. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo

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For last, but not least, Tokyo’s skyline is a diverse jumble of modern architecture, from soaring shards of glass to eccentric 1970s living capsules, as the city embraces amazing architecture and some of the most unique buildings in the world!

This architectural beauty was completed in 2008, being one of the most recent and historical buildings in Tokyo.

As an educational purposed building, it’s over 200 meters (670ft) tall and has over 50 stories, welcoming students from 3 very distinct study areas: fashion, medicine and space technology.

 

Hope you enjoy this article and it opens your curiosity to travel and see for yourself this and others famous monuments and unique buildings in the world.


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