1Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

Fallingwater is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. The house was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, located in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains. The house was designed as a weekend family home.

2The São Paulo Museum of Art in São Paulo, Brazil.

Located in Paulista Avenue in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, this art museum is well know for its headquarters, a 1968 concrete and glass structure designed by Lina Bo Bardi. Its main body is supported by two lateral beams over a 74 metres (243 ft) freestanding space, considered a landmark of the city and a main symbol of modern Brazilian architecture.

3The Forbidden City temple in Beijing, China.

Forbidden City lies at the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Now known as the Palace Museum, it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall are more than 8,700 rooms.

4The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France.

Sainte-Geneviève Library is a public and university library in Paris, which contains around 2 million documents. Designed and constructed under the direction of the architect Henri Labrouste, the building was complete in December 1850, and opened to the public on February 4, 1851.

The glass and iron reading room has been described as “magisterial” and the building itself as a seminal work in the creation of the modern library as “a temple of knowledge and space for contemplation”.

5The Innovation, Science, and Technology building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.

The Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building is Florida Poly’s flagship building and the main classroom and laboratory building. The 162,000-square-foot, white-domed building is a movable and functional work of art, with a louvered roof system that moves throughout the day providing passive lighting inside the second-floor atrium.

6The Lloyd’s Building in London.

Also known as the Inside-Out Building, it’s the home of the insurance institution Lloyd’s of London. Located on the former site of East India House in Lime Street, in London’s main financial district, the City of London. The building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior.

7The Sheats Goldstein residence in Los Angeles, California.

The Sheats Goldstein Residence is a home designed and built between 1961 and 1963 by American architect John Lautner in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The building was conceived from the inside out and built into the sandstone ledge of the hillside; a cave-like dwelling that opens to embrace nature and view.

The house is an example of American Organic Architecture that derives its form as an extension of the natural environment and of the individual for whom it was built.

8Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Museum of Tomorrow is a science museum in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, and built next to the waterfront at Pier Maua.

9NORD/LB Bank in Hanover, Germany.

The Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale is a German Landesbank and one of the largest commercial banks in Germany.

The bank has financed in a widespread art collection, including some 3,000 works by such postwar artists as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, and Jannis Kounellis, among others.

10One Central Park in Sydney.

One Central Park is an award-winning mixed-use building located in Sydney, Australia in the suburb of Chippendale. It was constructed as the first stage of the Central Park urban renewal project.

The building itself comprises two residential apartment towers, an east and west tower, in addition to a six level retail shopping centre at the base of the towers.

 

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