1. Markthal Rotterdam, the Netherlands
The Market Hall Rotterdam was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey stone building has an arched, horse-shoe shaped structure with a glass facade on both sides, made up of smaller glass windows. All of these are hung around a structure of steel cables, which makes it the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe. The inside of the building has an 11,000 squared meter painting called Hoorn des Overvloeds (Horn of Plenty) by Dutch artist Arno Coenen. The artwork shows enlarged fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish, flowers and insects.
The structure was built almost exactly on top of the site where the first people settled in the area, over 1000 years ago. The central staircase features a permanent exhibition called the Time Stairs, which showcases archaeological findings from excavations that revealed how the first settlers lived and cultivated.
2. Al Hamra Business Tower, Kuwait
Reaching a height of 412 meters, this iconic, award-winning skyscraper is the tallest building in Kuwait. The sculptural office tower anchors a commercial complex comprising offices, a health club, and a high-end shopping mall.
The building’s asymmetrical form is pragmatic as well as beautiful, designed to maximize views of the Arabian Gulf while minimizing solar heat gain.
3. Baton Rouge Library, USA
The Baton Rouge Library in New Orleans in the United States was designed by the internationally-acclaimed Trahan Architects. The library has become famous for its iconic design and latest technology, but most of all for its unique experience. It offers its readers floor-to-ceiling glass windows, with quiet seating areas for reading.
4. Petronas Towers, Malaysia
The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia stand 170 metres above the ground. The twin skyscrapers were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998-2004, and are considered an iconic landmark of the city.
The distinctive postmodern style was created by architects Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat. The design was meant to emulate that of Islamic minarets, symbolizing Malaysia’s intention of balancing history and its identity with progress and modernity.
5. The Fallingwater Villa, USA
Designed by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934, Fallingwater is quite possibly the most famous private residence in the world. Located in Pennsylvania, the residence’s innovative design captured everyone’s attention when it was completed in 1939. It became famous instantly and is now a natural historic landmark.
6. Emporio Armani, England
Emporio Armani on Brompton Road in London features a modern, contemporary line compared to its sister label, Giorgio Armani. Its sleek exterior has made the store a fixture of London’s Knightsbridge.
7. Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House in Australia is widely regarded as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century. The innovative design came from architect Jørn Utzon, who was relatively unknown until 1957, when his design for the national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney was selected at a competition.