1. Heydar Aliyev Center
The Heydar Aliyev Center is a 57,500 m2 (619,000 sq ft) building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The project is intended to play an integral role in the intellectual life of the city. Located close to the city center, the site plays a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Baku. An internationally recognized architectural work, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design.
2. Ingalls Rink
David S. Ingalls Rink is a hockey rink in New Haven, Connecticut, designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built between 1953 and 1958 for Yale University. It is commonly referred to as The Whale, due to its shape. The building was included on America’s Favorite Architecture list, created in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects. The rink employs an innovative structural system employing a 90-meter reinforced concrete arch, a catenary arch form for which Saarinen’s projects became known.
3. Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) is an art museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its collection contains nearly 25,000 works of art. The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States. Aside from its galleries, the museum includes a cafe, named Cafe Calatrava, with views of Lake Michigan and a gift shop. In the latter half of the 20th century, the museum came to include the War Memorial Center in 1957 as well as the brutalist Kahler Building (1975) designed by David Kahler, and the Quadracci Pavilion (2001) created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The museum holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe.
4. Dancing House
It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992. The construction, carried out by BESIX, was completed four years later in 1996. The style is known as deconstructivist architecture due to its unusual shape. The “dancing” shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each with a different shape and dimension. On the top of the building is a large twisted structure of metal nicknamed Mary. The general shape of the building is now featured on a gold 2,000 Czech koruna coin issued by the Czech National Bank. The Dancing House won Time magazine’s design contest.
5. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Baháʼí House of Worship that was dedicated in December 1986. Notable for its lotus-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides with nine doors opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over 34 meters. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards. It is one of the most visited buildings in the world. Whenever you will see the lotus temple you will feel like heaven.
6. Lloyd’s Building, London
The internationally renowned Lloyd’s Building was designed by the architect Richard Rogers and took eight years to build. The award-winning Lloyd’s Building (also known as the Inside-Out Building) looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie rather than London’s Lime Street. The futuristic architectural landmark is one of the most recognizable constructions on the London skyline. In 1986 the building received a Grade I listing at this time it was the youngest structure ever to obtain this status.
7. Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is 204 meters (669 feet), the 50-story educational facility located in the Nishi-Shinjuku district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It was completed in October 2008, the tower is the second-tallest educational building in the world and was the 17th-tallest building in Tokyo. It was awarded the 2008 Skyscraper of the Year by Emporis. The inner core consists of an elevator, staircase, and shaft. On every three floors, a three-story student lounge is located between the classrooms and faces three directions: east, southwest, and northwest.