There are some amazing buildings and other man-made structures that have been built throughout the world. These are structures that really showcase the talent and creativity of architects. After all, to design and build a structure that is not only aesthetically-pleasing, but also safe and functional, is not an easy task. We will discuss here some of these architectural marvels that would be worth seeing if you get a chance.
One of the most notable of these architectural marvels is the Burj Khalifa that is found in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is the tallest skyscraper in the world and is really a sight to see. This building is over 828 meters high and is a major tourist attraction, so next time you fly through Dubai you may consider paying this structure a visit. The currently recognized, second tallest building in the world is the Skytree building of Tokyo, Japan. It is also designed to withstand seismic changes since Japan is prone to earthquake activity. This truly amazing building also has a viewing platform for visitors.
The Shard building is a skyscraper that is found in London and is recognized to be the highest building in the entire European Union. It stands almost 310 meters high and does have an observation deck on the 72nd floor. The architect was inspired by railway lines and really perceived the building to be a shard of glass. The result is a unique glass-clad triangular structure that houses a restaurant, residential apartments and an office complex. If you are lucky enough to be able to visit Singapore, you should take note of the incredible Marina Sands, which is a casino property. This architectural structure consists of three separate buildings that are joined together. It houses a casino, a 5-star hotel, convention center, a theater, museums and a restaurant.
Bridges & Other Buildings
We usually think of architecture in terms of buildings, but of course this includes other structures such as bridges. One incredible bridge is Haohan Qiao Bridge in China. This is not for the faint-hearted or for anybody who suffers easily from vertigo as this is a glass bottomed bridge. If you are up for it, it is a worthwhile adventure where you will probably feel like walking on air.
A building that is fascinating to behold in terms of the shape and structure, is the Guggenheim museum found in Bilbao, Spain. The museum was opened in 1997 and houses works of contemporary artists. It also frequently hosts traveling exhibitions. The fact that this is a museum demonstrates the value of the unusual, creative and artistic shape of the building. The building itself can almost be considered one of the art pieces.
Beijing is known for some amazing buildings. One of these is the National Center for the Performing Arts. Locals often refer to the building as an egg since it has an egg shape. It is a half oval but appears egg-shaped when reflected in the water.