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10 of the most beautiful and innovative architectural structures worldwide

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1. The Lotus Temple

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The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India, is one of the most visited buildings in the world. The architect of this Bahá'í House of Worship is Fariborz Sahba, who employed the Expressionist style and modeled the building after a lotus flower. Though it is a Bahá'í House of Worship, the members of this religion welcome people of other religions to come there and pray to their respective Gods. Below is a view of the interior and a breathtaking aerial view of this concrete lotus flower.

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2. The Dancing House

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The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic, was designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić. It is also called Fred and Ginger, after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The buildings actually look like a couple of dancers, the one on the right holding the dancer on the left.

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3. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is an art museum located in Abando, Bilbao, Spain. It is built on the bank of the Nervión River in Bilbao. The design of this eccentric-looking contemporary building is one of Frank Gehry’s most celebrated pieces of architecture. The building is made out of titanium, limestone, and glass. For the design, Frank Gehry took inspiration from fish scales.

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4. The Eden Project

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The Eden Project in Cornwall was made as a multiple green house complex. Two types of climates were emulated within the green house domes: Mediterranean and tropical . Above is a view of the constructed geodesic domes. Inside are multitudinous species of plants from all over the world. The architect of this eclectic piece is Nicholas Grimshaw.

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5. The Sagrada Família

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The Sagrada Família is a truly iconic piece of Catalan architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí, the leader of the Modernista architectural style. The building is located in Barcelona, Spain, and is a Roman Catholic Church with an ostentatious name: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family. The building is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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6. The Piano House

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The Piano House is located in Anhui Province, China. As you can see, the house is built in the shape of a piano and has a large glass violin in the front, adding to the façade. The government of China had this constructed to spark interest in the developing area and the house was designed by students of the architectural design faculty of Hefei University of Technology.

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7. Capital Gate (Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi)

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The Capital Gate tower in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was built by RMJM Dubai. The building’s purpose was purely commercial. It managed to make the record of “World’s furthest leaning man-made tower” and is also the first building in the Middle East to use a diagonal grid.

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8. Sydney Opera House

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The Sydney Opera House is another piece of iconic architecture that is itself symbolic of Australia. It is located in Bennelong Point, Sydney. The construction of the building ended in 1973 and this too, like the Sagrada Família, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architect of this building is Jørn Oberg Utzon and he built it in the Expressionist style. He took his inspiration from shells for the design of this now very famous performing arts center.

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9. The MyZeil

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The MyZeil is located in Frankfurt, Germany. It is a shopping mall that was designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. The outstanding making of the front façade via diagonal grids puts this building on our list, although the interior of the building is no less unique.

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10. Atomium

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The Atomium was dubbed by CNN as the most bizarre building in Europe. It is located in Brussels, Belgium, and was designed by André Waterkeyn. There are nine stainless steel-clad spheres that are used as exhibit halls and public spaces. From the top sphere, the visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of Brussels.

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