The architecture scene from the ancient to the modern times has produced spectacular and extraordinary works. As construction design, techniques, and materials continue to evolve, architectural works of today continue to surprise and sometimes exceed people’s imagination. Here are some of the quirky, unusual, and unique buildings that unfailingly attract their share of attention.
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Highlights: Capital Gate is touted to be the “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi” and the “world’s furthest leaning man-made tower” as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Created by architect Piet Blom, the Cubic Houses’ asymmetrical and unique design makes it an eye-catching piece of work.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Highlights: The Nationale-Nederlanden building, or more commonly known as the Dancing House, features a modern design that stand out in the midst of the more historic buildings around it.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Highlights: The House Attack is an installation that hangs upside down on the façade of the Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK). It gives the impression of a home “attacking” and lodging itself on the building’s roof.
Hundertwasser Building: Waldspirale
Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Highlights: Created by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Waldspirale is an unusual residential building with its “wooded-spiral” and colorful design.
Location: Sopot, Poland
Highlights: The Krzywy Domek or Crooked House is a whimsical commercial complex that is home to popular restaurants and shops in the area.
Montaña Mágica Lodge
Location: Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile
Highlights: A hotel that resembles a volcano and sits in the midst of a scenic biological reserve.
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Location: Chūō, Japan
Highlights: Nakagin Capsule Tower is a residential and office building designed for “small-space living”.
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
Highlights: Built by postman Ferdinard Cheval using rocks collected along his mail routes in a span of over 30 years.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Highlights: The Robot Building serves as the United Overseas Bank’s headquarters in Bangkok. Its modern and fanciful design makes it an eye-catching addition to the city’s financial district.
Let’s face it.
Sightseeing can be truly exciting. Not only will you get to see all those famous attractions up close, but also get to experience those scenic views in person. Not only will you get to see all those scenic views from afar, but also get to experience those famous attractions from nearby. Simply put, sightseeing allows you to truly see the world for what it is: a wonderful place to live in.
That being said, fully enjoy your sightseeing by:
While most people think visiting a place is best done while in a car, think again! You see, visiting a place is learning more about its history and knowing more about its culture. How can you do these and more when you’re confined almost the entire day inside a car? Thus, it’s only right for you to walk around – all the while you’re sightseeing. This will not just allow you to see a place closer than others have been, but also experience how wonderful a place can truly be for yourself.
Is taking pictures too mainstream for you? I hope not. You see, taking pictures is not just for the sake of uploading these on Facebook. You also see, taking pictures is not just for the sake of uploading these for fame. Taking pictures is about capturing a moment where your heart skipped a beat due to its wonder Taking pictures is also about capturing a moment where others’ hearts also skipped a beat due to its miracle.
P.S. Just think of it as having your own Paris photo shoots, where you get to remember every captured moment for all time.
Do you know any other tips and advice for one to fully enjoy his sightseeing? Let us know in the comments section below!
There is something about beautiful and eye-catching structures that inspires awe in people – architecture lovers or not. And it is by traveling that one often comes across some of the most amazing architectural wonders in the world. Here are seven of the world’s top architecture cities to add to the must-visit list.
There is a long list of reasons to visit Athens. Monuments that date back to the ancient Greek civilization, a city long been associated with the beginnings of democracy, theatre, and the delectable Greek cuisine are just some of the many draws that attract travelers to the city. And of course, what would a trip to Athens be without admiring Greek architecture. The city is teeming with temples and columns. Some of the must-sees include the Acropolis, Parthenon, the ruins of the ancient marketplace in Agora, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Temple of Athena Nike.
A visit to Barcelona is not complete without seeing La Sagrada Família – its top architectural attraction. But there is more to the city’s architecture scene than the towering and spectacular Basilica designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona’s other architectural treasures include the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló, Església de Santa Maria del Mar, Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, La Pedrera, Mercat de Santa Caterina, Palau de la Música Catalana, Park Güell , Pavelló Mies van der Rohe, and Torre Agbar.
Ancient Chinese architecture and contemporary Western-inspired structures are among Beijing’s architectural gems. A trip to the Beijing part of the Great Wall of a China is a must to anyone traveling to the city so as not to miss one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels. But beyond the Great Wall are other impressive architecture pieces to see like the Forbidden City, the Nine Great Gates, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Earth, the Temple of Heaven, the Bird’s Nest, CCTV Headquarters, Mei Lanfang National Theatre, National Grand Theatre, and the Water Cube among many others.
What Chicago lacks in ancient structures it more than makes up with its awe-inspiring modern architecture. Points of interest for architecture lovers include the Aqua Tower, Crown Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Robie House, Unity Temple, Willis Tower, and the Wood Pavilion.
Dubai may not be the birthplace of modern skyscraper. But it has made its mark in the category with its massive, tall, and innovative buildings. The city building structures in a fast pace, many of which seem grander than the last. Some of the must-sees are the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and The World.
The city that straddles Asia and Europe is a treasure trove of stunning architecture. It is home to some of the most impressive structures in the world, many of which are top tourist attractions. Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empire influences abound in the city’s many buildings and landmarks. Some of the architectural attractions you do not want to miss are the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Dolmabahçe Palace, the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), the Hippodrome, the Süleymaniye Mosque, Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), and more.
What better place to see the distinct style of Roman architecture but in Italy’s capital Rome. From magnificent and functional amphitheaters to impressive aqueducts, the city has a lot of beautiful architecture to explore. Top sights include the Arch of Septimius Severus, Arena of Nimes, the Aqueduct of Segovia, the Colosseum, Diocletian’s Palace, Library of Celsus, Maison Carrée, Pantheon, Pont du Gard, and the Temple of Baalbek.