Here’s a list of top 5 architectural marvels of the world:
Architectural Marvels #1 Cumulus – Nordborg, Denmark
Is it a meteorite? Or a cell? A molecule? The Cumulus Building is an exhibit hall and an addition to Danfoss Universe, a science and technology museum near the southern Denmark headquarters of its namesake thermal engineering conglomerate.
In 2007, it was chosen as one of the “new seven wonders of the architecture world” by Conde Nast Traveler, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine.
Architectural Marvels #2 Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, inaugurated in 1973 is one of the oldest buildings of architectural marvels in our list. Moreover, it is Australia’s most recognizable architecture.
The building has a soaring white roof and shell-shaped sails atop a massive, red granite platform. Consequently, it is an architectural icon of the 20th century. Furthermore, it is the focal point of Sydney Harbor and is a reflection of its character.
It is a great urban sculpture set in a remarkable waterscape—at the tip of a peninsula projecting into Sydney Harbour. Moreover, the building has had an enduring influence on architecture. In 1957, when the project of the Sydney Opera House was awarded by an international jury to Danish architect Jørn Utzon, it marked a radically new approach to construction. It is the youngest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Architectural Marvels #3 Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa has redefined the possibilities in the design and engineering of super tall buildings. Additionally, by combining cutting-edge technologies and cultural influences, the building serves as a global icon. Moreover, it is both a model for future urban centers and speaks to the global movement towards compact urban areas.
Burj Khalifa’s architecture displays Islamic architecture and yet reflects the modern global community it is designed to serve. As the tapering tower rises, setbacks occur at the ends of each “wing” in an upward spiraling pattern that decreases the mass of the tower as the height increases. These setbacks were modeled in the wind tunnel to minimize wind forces. Additionally, the design of the Tower was significantly influenced by its performance with respect to the wind, in both its shaping and orientation.
Additionally, the unprecedented height of the Burj Khalifa required it to be an innovative building in many ways. Design techniques, building systems, and construction practices all required rethinking. Moreover, in many cases new applications were necessary, to create a practical and efficient building.
Architectural Marvels #4 The Shard, London, UK
The Shard of Glass, is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. In fact, the 1,016 ft high building is the tallest building in the UK, the fourth-tallest building in Europe and the 107th tallest building in the world.
The Shard’s construction began in March 2009. Furthermore, the inauguration took place on 6 July 2012. The tower’s observation deck, The View from The Shard, was open to the public on 1 February 2013. Moreover, the building has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck. It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
Architectural Marvels #5 Akshardham Temple, New Delhi, India
Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple, and a cultural campus in New Delhi. As a matter of fact, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and marvellous architecture.
The temple attracts approximately 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi. Furthermore, its inauguration took place on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Additionally, it sits near the banks of the Yamuna.
The complex features an Abhisheka Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions. Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan, and Sanskriti Darshan (cultural boat ride) are the main attractions. According to Swaminarayan, Hinduism, the word, “Akshardham”, means the abode of Brahma.
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