Top 10 Best Designed Buildings in the World

1. Harpa (concert hall)

Harpa (concert hall)

Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in cooperation with Danish-Icelandic artist “Olafur Eliasson”. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric-shaped glass panels of different colors. It features a distinctive colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland. In 2007, the construction started but was halted with the start of the financial crisis. It was seen in the Netflix series Black Mirror in the episode “Crocodile”.


2. Linked Hybrid

Linked Hybrid

Linked Hybrid is a building complex built in Beijing, China designed by Steven Holl Architects. The building is recognized for its environmental design and uses geo-thermal wells for cooling and heating. It was honored with Best Tall Building Overall Award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and Popular Science Engineering Award for Largest Geothermal Housing Complex.


3. The Shard

The Shard

The Shard is designed by the Italian architect “Renzo Piano”, in Southwark, London. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244 meters (801 ft). The Shard was designed with energy efficiency in mind. It is fitted with a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, operating on natural gas from the National Grid. Fuel is efficiently converted to electricity, and heat is recovered from the engine to provide hot water for the building.


4. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a natural history and science museum in Dallas, Texas in Victory Park. The building has secured the highest possible 4 Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative. It got a rating of an overall 85% on the Green Globes rating scale and 100% for its design and its sustainable performance measures.


5. Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou Opera House is a Chinese opera house in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China. Which was designed by “Zaha Hadid”. Its freestanding concrete auditorium set within an exposed granite and glass-clad steel frame took over five years to build, and was praised upon opening by architectural critic “Jonathan Glancey”.


6. Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol

Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure located at La Encarnación square in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. It was designed by the German architect “Jürgen Mayer”. It has dimensions of 150 by 70 meters (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 meters (85 ft). It is the largest wooden structure in the world. On 26 June 2005, the construction began and was completed in April 2011.


7. Absolute World

Absolute World

Absolute World is a residential condominium twin-tower skyscraper complex in the five-tower Absolute City Centre development in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The project was built by Fernbrook Homes and Cityzen Development Group. The tower has six levels of underground parking. Absolute World gives you the feeling of heaven.


8. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is an Orthodox church in Red Square of Moscow and is one of the most popular cultural symbols of Russia. The cathedral has nine domes and is shaped like the flame of a bonfire rising into the sky. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600. The church has been part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.


9. Hallgrímskirkja


Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. It is 74.5 meters (244 ft) tall and is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. It is known for its distinctively curved spire and side wings, it has been described as having become an important symbol for Iceland’s national identity.


10. Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The building was designated a New York City landmark in 1978 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The interior of the building contains several innovative elements. The partitions between the offices are soundproofed and divided into interchangeable sections, so the layout of any could be changed quickly and comfortably.

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