Top 20 of the Most Famous Building Designs to Inspire You

by RobertKeith

Weve picked the top most famous building designs around the globe to inspire you.

1. Marine Bay Sands Casino, Singapore

Intimate conversations over cocktails. Dazzling encounters in the beauty of art and science. Exhilarating parties on top of the world. This building has 360-degress skyline views and a nearly 500 foot long infinity pool that is made structurally sound with over 500 hidden jacks at the foundation of the building that allow for flexible movement of the building’s joints.

2. The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic

The deconstructivist architectural design was created so that the building appears to be “dancing” in place. It is topped with a metal twist which has been called its “Medusa”. The windows jut out on all sides giving the building a 3D effect. 

3. The National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

This structure has a celestial architectural theme. The entrance faces east to honor the rising of the sun, and its dome opens up to the heavens. 

Building Blue Print
Building Blue Print

4. The Phare Tower, Paris

This tower appears to have a seamless shape of flowing elements. The architectural design incorporates multiple technological state-of-the-art components. 

5. The Mumbai Tower, India

This modern structure artfully combines parts of the architectural eras of Victorian, Gothic, Art Deco, and cultural Indian elements to create a unique architectural marvel. 

6. The Guggenheim Museum, Spain

As far as contemporary architecture is concerned, this building is a showpiece of modern design of mostly titanium steel with precise and complex structural shape. 

7. The Binoculars Building, Los Angeles

This building literally looks like a giant pair of binoculars. The artists who designed it, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, used the theme of just a random object as their premise for creating it. 

8. JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

This twisting tower of jagged steel and mirrored windows stands 1164 feet high and holds the title of the world’s tallest hotel

9. Wine Museum, Santiago, Chile

The architectural contours of this museum stand out as the design was based on the idea of a holistic perspective of building a structure and piecing it together like a sculpture works his clay. 

10. Design Museum-Holon, Israel

This is created as a mass of steel ribbons to look whimsical as well as playful. The steel that was used is one of a weathered quality and was created in various color spectrums. 

11. The White Tower, Spain

This is a 19-floor residential space whose focal point is a vertical street surrounded by three separate residential areas beginning on the ground floor and going all the way up to the top of the building. 

12. Taiwan Towers, Taiwan

These very narrow towers rise up to nearly 1600 feet where there is an observation deck and a sky park. Within the twin towers are multiple museums that depict the history of Taiwan. 

13. Teapot Museum, China

This is the world’s largest teapot which is nearly 27 yards wide and would hold almost 8 million gallons of tea if it were an actual teapot. It is a created to look like a reddish clay teapot with an accompanying smaller building that looks like an actual teacup. 

14. Peterson Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

As one of the worlds largest are museums, it is designed with an overlay of undulating steel ribbons hiding a bright red exterior of varying sizes. 

15. Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi

This building has a unique “lean” of nearly two feet that actually straightens as the additional floors of the building are constructed. The architects also researched the best prices builders could give on an innovative vertical post-tensioning that is an active structural support so they could economically incorporate this into the design. 

16. The Universum Science Center Museum, Germany

This originally designed building has been compared to the head of a whale. This uniquely-shaped steel sits in the midst of a giant body of water which makes the architectural design apropos to the subject matter of the museum. 

17. The Ryugyong Hotel, North Korea

This building is made with a 75-degree slope which folds into the foundational structure of the building at its highest point which is a cone shape that is nearly 132 feet wide. Eight of its floors rotate, while six others remain in place. 

18. Digital Cloud, Singapore

The “dream theme” of this building materializes as a pixelated wonder of interconnected cues of glass to look like a contemporary sculpture suspended in the sky. 

19. The Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

As multiple intertwined buildings, these towers combine to create a synthesis of well-known Arabic symbols within the culture of swords, sails, and ancient falconery to form a modern sculptural element. 

20. Solar City Tower, Rio de Janiero

Designed as a showpiece for the city for the 2016 Olympics, it is nearly 345 feet tall and is run on solar power during the day and hydropower at night. The central energy source, a waterfall, doubles as a piece of nighttime entertainment as well.

Updated: 05/19/2018, RobertKeith
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DerdriuMarriner on 09/26/2018

RobertKeith, Thank you for the top 20-related information and links. Does the lean in the Capital Gate mean that the Leaning Tower of Pisa can be straightened?

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