10 Greatest Modern Architectural Creations
1. Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi
Known as a modern equivalent of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Capital Gate leans 18 degrees west, over four times as much as Pisa’s famous tower. Special construction techniques utilizing concrete and steel that are purposely built off-center to put more support onto the lean.
2. Sunrise Kempinski hotel in Beijing
Containing a multiplicity of important Chinese symbology, this building is a true wonder. According to the hotel, the building “embodies the shape of the rising sun” which symbolizes “harmony, unity, and infinity.” Another important symbol built into the architecture is that the “main entrance of the hotel is shaped like the mouth of a fish, which is symbolic of prosperity.” Though it may look like a giant egg to the undiscerning Westerner, this building is a truly impressive achievement.
3. Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore
A hotel that looks like a giant boat that’s set 57 stories above ground, this building dominates the Singapore skyline and is one of the most lavish hotels in that country. It features an infinity pool on the top level, its own shopping mall, a skating rink, and a chocolate bar. What makes this building particularly impressive is the fact that the large boat area on top connects three free-standing buildings.
4. Cumulus in Denmark
With a profile that looks like the peaks of a mountain range, or raging waves on the ocean, or an amoeba, the architect designed this building to have an ambiguous shape so that we’d wonder exactly what it was and what inspired it. The building houses part of the collection of the Danfoss Universe science museum and has been called one of the “new seven wonders of the architecture world.”
5. City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain
As the number one tourist destination in Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences is a museum/cultural center made up of the following buildings: an opera house (El Palau de Les Arts Renia Sofia), an Imax theater (L’Hemisferic), a planetarium/laserium, a walkway (L’Umbracle), a science museum (El Museu de Les Ciencies Principe Felipe), an aquarium (L’Oceanografic), and an events center (Agora). While any one of these buildings/areas alone is impressive, together, they are monumental.
6. Ashardham Temple, India
A stunningly beautiful temple set within an equally stunning compound, this temple may look old but it is actually a modern building that shows the possibilities of achieving transcendence while combining ancient and modern architecture. The temple was built without steel, only sandstone and marble and is the number one tourist attraction in India’s capital.
7. Chapel of the Holy Cross in Arizona
Built into the redstone cliffs of Sedona, Arizona, this chapel looks like it is part of the natural landscape. With a front window that looks like a cross, and windows that reflect the surrounding scenery, the chapel itself sends a message about god: that He is part of the natural world and should be sought in the beauty of the world.
8. Infinity Tower in Dubai
Another impressive building in the United Arab Emirates, the Infinity Tower sits on the city’s waterfront and provides the residents of the 1,000 foot tall tower with stunning beachfront views. This building is impressive architecturally for two reasons: first, it twists 90 degrees from its base to its top and second, there are no structural pillars supporting the building.
9. Sydney Opera House in Australia
This building is one of the most recognizable in the world with its sweeping white rooves that jut out in various directions. It is one of the most iconic buildings in modern architecture and is seen by the UN as so important that it has been added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
10. Nayoga Science Museum and Planetarium in Japan
Housing the biggest planetarium in the world, this building consists of a huge golf-ball looking center supported by four rectangular pillars. The building houses a museum and a projection dome that is 35 meters tall! While it is only one building on the museum’s campus, it has made a name for itself because of its unique design.