Architectural designs are becoming intriguing to view as technology advances
Architectural designs record details of specific moments in time. But unlike a photograph, physical structures go on to have a life of their own, becoming a central and functional part of countless people's lives for hundreds, if not thousands of years after they were built.
Here we have picked 10 of the most famous building designs from around the world which you can find inspiration simply by visiting them and discovering their historical background.
1. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)
This project, located in the heart of Kansas City, represents one of the pioneer projects behind the revitalization of downtown.
The people of Kansas City were asked to help pick highly influential books that represent Kansas City. Those titles were included as ‘bookbindings’ in the innovative design of the parking garage exterior, to inspire people to utilize the downtown Central Library.
2. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Construction of the building started in in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished. House architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish artist and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings.
3. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)
The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio might just be a strangest office building in the world. The 180,000-square-foot building, a replica of the company’s famous market basket, cost $30 million and took two years to complete. Many experts tried to persuade Dave Longaberger to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of the real thing.
4. Dancing Houses (Prague, Czech Republic)
5. The Piano House (Anhui, China)
6. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)
7. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)
8. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)
9. Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal)
10. Bahá’í House of Worship a.k.a Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)