Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Cybertecture Egg Mumbai, India
1 Cybertecture Egg Mumbai, India - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Online architecture gallery check out our top 50 totally amazing designs from all around the world that you should to visit before you die!

If you have a keen eye for design and time to travel take in these amazing global architectural master pieces, we have researched thousands of images to come up with out all time top 50 but if you think we have missed out your favorite then let us know and maybe we’ll include it.

Grand Lisboa, Macao
2 Grand Lisboa, Macao - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Bullring Birmingham UK
3 Bullring Birmingham UK - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

BWM Welt, Munich, Germany
4 BWM Welt, Munich, Germany - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Experience Music Project, Seattle, USA
5 Experience Music Project, Seattle,WA,USA - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Mumbai University ASK Foundation Convention Center
6 Mumbai University ASK Foundation Convention Center - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The Sage, Gateshead, England
7 The Sage, Gateshead, England - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Air Force Academy, Chapel Colorado, United States
8 Air Force Academy, Chapel Colorado, United States - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The Universum science museum Bremen, Germany
9 The Universum science museum Bremen, Germany - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Fuji television building Tokyo, Japan
10 Fuji television building (okyo, Japan - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Gherkin Building, London City, UK
11 Gherkin Building, London City, UK - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

House Of Worship Aka Lotus Temple, Delhi, India
12 House Of Worship Aka Lotus Temple, Delhi, India - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

National Theatre Beijing, China
13 National Theatre Beijing, China - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Office center “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote Kaunas, Lithuania
14 Office center “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote Kaunas, Lithuania - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Le Palais Bulles Cannes, France
15 Le Palais Bulles Cannes, France - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Tenerife Concert Hall Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
16 Tenerife Concert Hall Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The Conch Shell House Isla Mujeres, Mexico
17 The Conch Shell House Isla Mujeres, Mexico - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The Torre Galatea, Figueres, Spain
18 The Torre Galatea, Figueres, Spain - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland
19 The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Ceramic house Colombia
20 Ceramic house Colombia - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil
21 Cathedral of Brasília - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Dome House Florida, United States
22 Dome House Florida, United States - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Earth House Lostorf, Switzerland
23 Earth House Lostorf, Switzerland - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Eden project United Kingdom
24 Eden project United Kingdom - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Chapel In The Rock, Arizona, United States
25 Chapel In The Rock, Arizona, United States - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Druzhba Holiday Center Hall Yalta, Ukraine
26 Druzhba Holiday Center Hall Yalta, Ukraine - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Ferdinand Cheval Palace Aka Ideal Palace, France
27 Ferdinand Cheval Palace Aka Ideal Palace, France - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Olympic Stadium Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28 Olympic Stadium Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

The National Library, Minsk, Belarus
29 The National Library, Minsk, Belarus - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge,Tennessee, United-States
30 Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge,Tennessee, United-States - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Steam World Museum, Gramado, Brazil
31 Steam World Museum, Gramado, Brazil - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Piano Shaped Building, Huainan, China
32 Piano Shaped Building, Huainan, China - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Great Mosque of Djenné Djenne, Mali, Africa
33 Great Mosque of Djenné Djenne, Mali, Africa - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Elephant Building North Bangkok Business District
34 Elephant Building North Bangkok Business District - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Dancing Building, Prague, Czech Republic
35 Dancing Building, Prague,Czech Republic - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
36 Kunsthaus Graz, Austria - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

La Tête au Carré, Nice, France
37 La Tête au Carré, Nice, France - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Porto Stone House Fafe Mountains Portugal
38 Porto Stone House Fafe Mountains Portugal - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Ripleys Building, Ontario, Canada
39 Ripleys Building, Ontario, Canada - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Snail House Sofia, Bulgaria
40 Snail House Sofia, Bulgaria - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The World

Erwin Wurm House Attack, Vienna, Austria
41 Erwin Wurm House Attack, Vienna, Austria - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam
42 Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Habitat 67 Montreal, Canada
43 Habitat 67  Montreal, Canada - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Wooden Gagster House, Archangelsk, Russia
44 Wooden Gagster House, Archangelsk, Russia - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands
45 Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Solar Furnace Odeillo, France
46 Solar Furnace Odeillo, France - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

The Flintstone House Hillsborough, California
47 The Flintstone House Hillsborough, California - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Wilkinson Residence Portland
48 Wilkinson Residence Portland , Oregon - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Bunker Chicago IL USA
49 Bunker Chicago IL USA - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
50 Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China - Online Architecture Gallery Top 50 Most Amazing Designs In The Wor

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Modern architecture

The Bauhaus Dessau architecture department from 1925 by Walter Gropius
Around the turn of the 20th century, a general dissatisfaction with the emphasis on revivalist architecture and elaborate decoration gave rise to many new lines of thought that served as precursors to Modern Architecture. Notable among these is the Deutscher Werkbund, formed in 1907 to produce better quality machine made objects. The rise of the profession of industrial design is usually placed here. Following this lead, the Bauhaus school, founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919, redefined the architectural bounds prior set throughout history, viewing the creation of a building as the ultimate synthesis—the apex—of art, craft, and technology.

When Modern architecture was first practiced, it was an avant-garde movement with moral, philosophical, and aesthetic underpinnings. Immediately after World War I, pioneering modernist architects sought to develop a completely new style appropriate for a new post-war social and economic order, focused on meeting the needs of the middle and working classes. They rejected the architectural practice of the academic refinement of historical styles which served the rapidly declining aristocratic order. The approach of the Modernist architects was to reduce buildings to pure forms, removing historical references and ornament in favor of functionalist details. Buildings displayed their functional and structural elements, exposing steel beams and concrete surfaces instead of hiding them behind decorative forms.

Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright developed Organic architecture in which the form was defined by its environment and purpose, with an aim to promote harmony between human habitation and the natural world with prime examples being Robie House and Falling Water.

The Crystal Cathedral is a built in a modern style with panels of glass set in metal frames making both the walls and roof. A tall tower of the same materials rises beside it

The Crystal Cathedral, California, by Philip Johnson (1980)
Architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer worked to create beauty based on the inherent qualities of building materials and modern construction techniques, trading traditional historic forms for simplified geometric forms, celebrating the new means and methods made possible by the Industrial Revolution, including steel-frame construction, which gave birth to high-rise superstructures. By mid-century, Modernism had morphed into the International Style, an aesthetic epitomized in many ways by the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center.

Many architects resisted Modernism, finding it devoid of the decorative richness of ornamented styles and as the founders of that movement lost influence in the late 1970s, Postmodernism developed as a reaction against its austerity. Postmodernism viewed Modernism as being too extreme and even harsh in regards to design. Instead, Postmodernists combined Modernism with older styles from before the 1900s to form a middle ground. Robert Venturi’s contention that a “decorated shed” (an ordinary building which is functionally designed inside and embellished on the outside) was better than a “duck” (an ungainly building in which the whole form and its function are tied together) gives an idea of these approaches.

Environmental sustainability has become a mainstream issue, with profound affect on the architectural profession. Many developers, those who support the financing of buildings, have become educated to encourage the facilitation of environmentally sustainable design, rather than solutions based primarily on immediate cost. Major examples of this can be found in greener roof designs, biodegradable materials,and more attention to a structure’s energy usage. This major shift in architecture has also changed architecture schools to focus more on the environment. Sustainability in architecture was pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the 1960s by Buckminster Fuller and in the 1970s by architects such as Ian McHarg and Sim Van der Ryn in the US and Brenda and Robert Vale in the UK and New Zealand. There has been an acceleration in the number of buildings which seek to meet green building sustainable design principles. Sustainable practices that were at the core of vernacular architecture increasingly provide inspiration for environmentally and socially sustainable contemporary techniques. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system has been instrumental in this. An example of an architecturally innovative green building is the Dynamic Tower which will be powered by wind turbines and solar panels.

Modern concepts of architecture

The great 19th-century architect of skyscrapers, Louis Sullivan, promoted an overriding precept to architectural design: “Form follows function”.

While the notion that structural and aesthetic considerations should be entirely subject to functionality was met with both popularity and skepticism, it had the effect of introducing the concept of “function” in place of Vitruvius’ “utility”. “Function” came to be seen as encompassing all criteria of the use, perception and enjoyment of a building, not only practical but also aesthetic, psychological and cultural.

The Sydney Opera House appears to float on the harbour. It has numerous roof-sections which are shaped like huge shining white sails

Sydney Opera House, Australia designed by Jørn Utzon.
Nunzia Rondanini stated, “Through its aesthetic dimension architecture goes beyond the functional aspects that it has in common with other human sciences. Through its own particular way of expressing values, architecture can stimulate and influence social life without presuming that, in and of itself, it will promote social development.’

To restrict the meaning of (architectural) formalism to art for art’s sake is not only reactionary; it can also be a purposeless quest for perfection or originality which degrades form into a mere instrumentality”.

Among the philosophies that have influenced modern architects and their approach to building design are rationalism, empiricism, structuralism, poststructuralism, and phenomenology.

In the late 20th century a new concept was added to those included in the compass of both structure and function, the consideration of sustainability. To satisfy the contemporary ethos a building should be constructed in a manner which is environmentally friendly in terms of the production of its materials, its impact upon the natural and built environment of its surrounding area and the demands that it makes upon non-sustainable power sources for heating, cooling, water and waste management and lighting.

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