When you combine innovative technologies with human ingenuity and creative ideas, you can implement incredible projects that will become a vital part of future architecture. Here are 7 unique marvels of architecture from ancient and modern times.
Sun and Moon pagodas in Guilin, China
The two towers emanate a weird, almost mystical vibe. Even looking at the photo fills people with wonder! Make sure to visit the Sun and Moon pagodas whenever you visit Guilin.
Cool house in Yazd, Iran
This house made of clay looks fun to live in and beautiful to look at. In hot desert cities, a clay building like this is often combined with special wind catchers that provide ventilation, shallow pools of water somewhere in the courtyards, and trees planted for shade.
Harbin Opera House, designed by MAD Architects
This opera house looks like a giant wasps’ nest, but really it is an 850,349 square-foot multi-venue performing arts center in Harbin, designed by the well-known Chinese architect agency MAD.
Kailasa Temple in Ellora, India
The Kailasa temple is made from solid rock. It has gutters for rain collection, super detailed statues on the inside, secret rooms, and other amazing stuff. It was built between 756 and 773 AD by the 8th century Rashtrakuta King Krishna I.
Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Just look at these snake-like columns, the books filling up every nook and cranny, and how close they are to each other. It’s a real feat of engineering and architecture.
MVRDV’s Housing Complex in Amsterdam, Netherlands
It seems like something big crashed into a regular residential building. Was it a meteor or the work of some terrifying Kaiju? The truth is, the housing complex was designed like that.
Welcome to Italian shire. The Palmenti, or millstones, are nothing more than stone houses built to turn grapes into wine and then pour it into barrels.