Towering skyscrapers, elegant museums, magnificent churches, ingenious bridges, and unbelievable hotels fill our world. Each of these incredible structures, these triumphs of humanity, sprung forth from the imaginative mind of an architect. The greatest buildings in the world combine beauty, function, and wonder seamlessly together. They are inspirations, testaments to human creativity and ingenuity. Today, we will look at just a few of these triumphs of architecture.
The Sydney Opera House
No list of modern architectural accomplishments would be complete if it did not contain the Sydney Opera House. It is not just the most iconic building in Australia, but maybe even in the world. The opera house was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Construction on the Sydney Opera House completed in 1973. Its modern design, featuring a sweeping multilayered roof built to resemble an interlocking series of shells, sets it apart from any other building in the world.
Considered by some to be the crowning achievement of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater may be the most famous residential building in the world. Construction of the incredible home completed in 1939 and word of its beauty quickly spread across the world. Located in rural southwest Pennsylvania, Fallingwater is built brilliantly over a picturesque waterfall. Fallingwater adheres so closely to Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic concept of architecture that Bear Run creek actually flows through part of the home. Most impressively, it is said that the initially plans for Fallingwater only took Frank Lloyd Wright two hours to create!
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is truly a building unlike any other. It was designed by American architect Frank Gehry and opened on October 18, 1997. The exterior of the building is covered in sinuous, seemingly randomly curving panels of polished, reflective metal. It appears urban, organic, and natural all at the same time. Additionally, the museum routinely features some of the most incredible exhibitions in the world.