Some amazing, some original, some just bizarre. Constructions which spring from imagination, architects’ designs which overcome the standards, these creations couldn’t in any case pass unnoticed.
Heydar Aliyef Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
Heydar Aliyef Centre is a development designed by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and it marked her special architecture, curved style which avoids acute angles. The centre was named so in honor of Heydar Aliyef, the leader of the Soviet era in Azerbaijan during the period 1969-1982. The Centre opened for the public in 10 May 2012. The Centre includes a conference hall (auditorium), a gallery hall and a museum.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
The building’s design, with the abrupt rise of the white roof in a shell shape is internationally recognized as an architectural picture of the 20th century. It is located in Bennelong Point in Sydney. It is designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon and it officially opened in 20 October 1973. Sydney Opera House became a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO in 28 June 2007. The building includes multiple show spaces and it’s one of the most crowded performing arts’ centers in the world- which host over 1.500 shows every year.
Cybertecture egg, Mumbai, India
Cybertecture egg is a building which combines virtual architecture, environmental design, ingenious control systems and the evolutionary engineering to create the boldest building for the city of Mumbai and for India in the 21st century. The 33.000 square metres of the space are used as offices and three levels underground which provide 400 parking spaces.
People who work in this building are particularly privileged since they have the possibility of adjusting their view from their office to travel anywhere in the world.
City of Arts and Cultures, Valencia, Spain
It is a cultural and scientific development in the city of Valencia in Spain. It is the most important tourist attraction in the city of Valencia. It consists of IMAX cinemas and digital screenings, Europe’s biggest aquarium with over 500 sea species, specialized opera programs and bold and interactive sciences’ centers. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candela the “city” was dedicated in 16 April 1998.
Lotus Building, China
Lotus Building has been designed by studio505 and forms an addition to an existing two-floor basement of public facilities which are located under an existing artificial lake. The building houses departments of the Programming Office and the new convention halls, rooms and conferences’ centres. It was completed in 2013.
China Central Television, China
New China’s seat (CCTV) is 234 metres high building with an extremely unusual shape which is described as “3 dimensions bent loop”. The building combines administrative operations with news, broadcasts, studio and program production. Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren are the architects of the building which was completed in 16 May 2012.
Petronas Towers, Malaysia
Petronas towers are a building which consists of two twin towers which are connected with a bridge on the 41st floor. In 1.482 feet (452 m) in the height which made it the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1998 and until 2004!!! The building houses commercial offices and it’s a milestone for Kuala Lumpur. The towers have been designed by the architect Cesar Pelli who chose a quiet post-modern style to create a 21st century tourist attraction for Kuala Lumpur.
Banknote Building, Latvia
They say money doesn’t “grow” on trees. Well, in Latvia it “grows” in the form of buildings. A bright 10-floor office building designed in a LTL 1000 banknote form, one of the boldest and most original construction works in the area of Baltic. It was dedicated in 2008 and it contains 4.500 different pieces of glass with enamel designs, which are united, like a giant puzzle. The glass was made in Netherlands and it can endure even the most extreme weather condition in Latvia. The building can fascinate you in the night, with an impressive demonstration of the basic colours.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao is a modern and contemporary art museum, designed by the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and it is located in Bilbao, in the Basque Country, in Spain. The museum was dedicated in 18 October 1997, by King Juan Carlos of Spain. It is built along the river Nervion, which crosses the city of Bilbao in Cantabrian Sea and it is one of the many museums that belong to Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Grand Piano And Violin-Shaped House, China
It is located in China and it was built in 2007 by architecture students and it operates as a convention hall for the exhibition of designs. It’s a house in the shape of a giant grand piano and a glass violin. You can have access to the main building (piano) by the escalator through the transparent violin. Due to its unique shape it has become a popular tourist attraction, with the locals calling it “the most romantic building in China”.