18 Apr 2019
The world of architecture is simply magnificent. The combinations of creative ideas, and architectural expertise have led to the existence of some of the greatest buildings in the world.
Here are some of the top 10 best designed buildings in the world:
1. HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Center - Reykjavik, Iceland
The joint work of many dexterous hands, the HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Centre is a gleaming splendour. Henning Larsen Architects, Batteríið Architects and Ólafur Elíasson are the three renowned designers who brought the building to life.
2. Burj Khalifa - Dubai, UAE
This building has held the tag of 'tallest building in the world' for a decade now. It is 828 m tall. The building was designed by the global leader in creating tall structures, the Chicago office of Skidmore & Merill LLP (SOM). Other designers like Adrian Smith FAIA and RIBA were roped in as consultants.
3. Gardens by the Bay - Marina Bay, Singapore
There are three prominent waterfront gardens that make the destination, Gardens by the Bay, one of Singapore's ultimate tourist attraction - Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central. Bay South, which is the largest garden, opened in the year 2012. The popular destination is known for its breath-taking floral arrangements namely Tulipmania and Orchid Extravaganza.
4. Linked Hybrid - Beijing, China
The designers of the 220,000 square-meter Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing sought to be the pioneers of 21st century's first integrated urban space. The goal was to make a three-dimensional public urban space that could house commercial, residential, educational and recreational centres.
5. The Shard - London, UK
Designer Renzo Piano visualized The Shard as a spire-like tower emerging from the River Thames. He drew inspiration from the spires of London churches and the masts of 18th century ships envisioned by Italian painter, Canaletto. The outstanding architecture has attracted many people from all over the world to the high-end bars and restaurants inside of the building.
6. Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas, Texas
This museum is one of the most popular science museums in the United States. It comprises five floors and has eleven permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations.
7. Parrish Art Museum - New York, USA
The design may look reserved, but the Parrish Museum is known for being respectful of its surrounding landscape. Through crisp forms and simple materials, the construction aims at keeping the natural beauty in vicinity as unhindered as possible. Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural firm that designed the museum also made sure to preserve the artistic legacy of the museum.
8. Guangzhou Opera House - Guangzhou, China
Located by the Pearl River, the structure of China’s revered Guangzhou Opera House was shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the river. The edifice houses an 1,800-seat theatre and 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall.
9. Metropol Parasol - Seville Spain
The massive timber structure of the Metropol Parasol is actually known as the ‘Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville. Under this canopy like structure, are many important locations like an archaeological museum, a farmers’ market, an elevated plaza, bars and restaurants.
10. Absolute World - Ontario, Canada
Designed and built by Ontario builders Fernbrook Homes in collaboration with Toronto developer Cityzen Development Group, Absolute World is a composition of five mesmerizing residential towers in the city of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. These towers offer luxury condominiums.
Wasn’t that a splendid list? From the brilliant usage of timber to making a science museum known also for its design, these renowned designers deserve a whirl of an applause. Which one would you most like to visit?