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28 Structures That Epitomize Man’s Architectural Genius

Architectural artistry is one of the most expansive demonstrations of man’s unending ingenuity. Man has expressed himself through design and construction since the Stone Age.

In this piece we attempt to run you through the top 28 structures all around the world that stretch the very boundaries of structural manifestation.

From the ageless beauty that is La Sagrada Familia to the mystical gravity-defying Las Lajas Sanctuary, we run you through some of the world’s most mysterious architectural pieces of genius.

  1. In the beginning….

Architectural Origins 9500BC
Göbekli Tepe – 9500BC

Gobekli Tepe is believed to be the oldest building ever. With only its ruins remaining now, this archaeological site is believed to have been standing since 9500 B.C. Legend has it that this building in present-day Turkey was probably meant for religious undertakings. And just like that man, discovered his creative sense — and boy, hasn’t he used it!

  1. And now over 10,000 years later, from New York…

Fulton Center
Fulton Center

There is this incredible futuristic sight of the unbelievable Fulton Center right in the middle of NYC.

  1. Down to the Melbourne, Australia

Architectural Genius of Melbourne
Architectural Genius of Melbourne

The Penleigh and Essendon Grammar school looks absolutely exquisite.  The thinking involved in coming up with such astounding shape defies the common man.

  1. And also in India…

India
India’s Golden Temple

The Golden Temple in Amritsar seems like it was literally dropped into the center of the Amritsar River. The holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism in Punjab is moreover covered with gold leaf over marble.

  1. Some lie in the strangest of places

Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Taktsang Palphug Monastery

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery in Bhutan’s Paro Valley, for instance, embeds itself on the side of the dangerously steep valley.

  1. Others seem to defy gravity

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino
Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino

The mysterious Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino, Columbia is as baffling as it is  mystical. At first glance it  seems to be either airborne or dangling over the river. Is it a building or a bridge?

  1. While this one here defies the test of time

La Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Familia took well over 100 years to be completed, or is it even completed yet? It has survived generations and way outlived the modern architect that began it all – Antoni Gaudi.

The interiors are even more dreamlike.

  1. Then back to New York and we have this groundbreaker…

Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building in New York is one of the oldest skyscrapers around. It was part of the groundbreakers in the skyscraper architectural world at 175 Fifth Avenue of Manhattan in the 19th century.

  1. And to another New Yorker

Woolworth Building
Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world back in its day – back in 1913. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert, Woolworth is a classic architectural design of the Gothic style.

  1. Onwards to Japan

Exquisite Ribbon Chapel
Exquisite Ribbon Chapel

The Ribbon Chapel of the Onomichi prefecture is a thing straight out of architecture textbooks. The upward winding stairs and the unique seaside placement provides for a perfect wedding location. The designer of the romantic spiraling modern-theme chapel is Hiroshi Nakamura.

  1. Architectural Sense of the Light of Life Church – Seoul, South Korea

Light of Life Church in Seoul
Light of Life Church in Seoul

The design masterstroke is designed against the backdrops of the greens of Bori Mountains. The architectural mind behind this masterpiece is Shinslab architecture of Gapyeong-gun.

  1. Then there is the Marina City apartment of Chicago

Marina City Apartments
Marina City Apartments

The high-floor rolling condo is simply unique in architectural design. The brain behind the incredible architectural astuteness is Bertrand Goldberg and his work was done way back in 1960s.

  1. And what of this Underground Helsinki Church

Temppeliaukio Church - Helsinki
Temppeliaukio Church – Helsinki

The architectural intellect here dug  into the rocks while laboring to still stay in touch with the sunlight. The Temppeliaukio Church is unbelievably carved underground but still comes out shouting just like the skyscrapers.

  1. Or just literally sculpt a house out of a stone

Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia

The Church of St. George in Ethiopia is made by carving out a single stone. Just like the sculptor carves off his bulky stones or wood. Imagine, man could do such things back in the 12th century.

  1. Whereas others camouflage seamlessly into their surroundings

Camouflaged Turninn building
Camouflaged Turninn building

Turninn Building in Reykjavik marries beautifully into the landscapes of magical Iceland. The fanciful integration with the waters around is simply stunning.

  1. And is that one suspended on air?

Neue Nationalgalerie - Berlin
Neue Nationalgalerie – Berlin

Neue Nationalgalarie in Berlin seems to be floating on the air. The Architectural magic of modernist Mies Van de Roche masterminded this style that uses minimal lines and open space.

  1. Also witness the vicious masterstroke that is Berghain

Berghain - Home Of Music
Berghain – Home Of Music

The historical magnet of electronic music in Berlin also impresses in architectural design. It was built in 2004 but the architectural design emulates some of the masterworks. Besides, it’s home to some really nice techno.

  1. Or the Breathtaking Golden Pavilion of Kyoto

Breathtaking Golden Pavilion
Breathtaking Golden Pavilion

Japan’s old capital is not left far behind in the turf of architectural prodigy. Look at that beautifully worked Golden Pavilion and the way it’s  incorporates naturally into the greens of wild. This was the basic architectural ideal of old: integration.

  1. Similar to this amazing Silver Pavilion

The Subtle Silver Pavilion
The Subtle Silver Pavilion

Another from the old architectural rulebook of integration!

  1. Others may even decide to go muddy

Great Mosque of Djenné
Great Mosque of Djenné

The Malian Great Mosque of Djenne is the largest mud-made building in the world. And boy isn’t it just amazing. It can hold up to 3,000 worshipers.

  1. But you can’t outdo the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

All-white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
All-white Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This All-white Grand Mosque in the heart of Dubai is a piece straight off the very top draw. It has since become the premier worship center in the whole of the UAE.

  1. The Pompidou Center is pretty amazing too

Postmodern Pompidou Center
Postmodern Pompidou Center

The imaginative architectural works on the gleeful Pompidou Center further demonstrates the brains associated with it.

  1. And the Gothic architectural class of the Chartes Cathedral

Gothic Chartes Cathedral
Gothic Chartes Cathedral

Chartes Cathedral was erected in the 13th Century and the Gothic design embodies the beginning of man’s architectural ingenuity. The northern France Cathedral is moreover exquisitely ornate in the entrance.

  1. Plus the Blue Mosque of Istanbul

Towering Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Towering Blue Mosque in Istanbul

This towering worship place was constructed in the peak of the Ottoman empire to match the majesty of talking to the most high God. Its interior furthermore features over 20,000 handmade tiles.

  1. And then there’s the unreal Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

The German architectural piece in Bavaria is reportedly the source of inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle by Walt Disney. Look at the gorgeous background though, wow!

  1. The Forbidden City is a must-see

Imperial Palace - China
Imperial Palace – China

The Imperial Palace of China is both an architectural wonder and historically royal. Its interiors and finishing details are things off the very top draws.

  1. Or maybe we time travel back to this…

Incan Architectural Genius
Machu Picchu

The Incan Architecture of the Machu Picchu on the Peruvian Andes still lives on. Believed to be built around 1450, the Machu Picchu already recognized the power of royalty in their architectural design.

  1. And finally the Architectural Experiments of Beijing

Beijing Architecture
Beijing Architecture

Some of the most postmodern structures today are found in Beijing. The designs despite being experimental have become instant hits all over. Example is the CCTV Tower that has come to be referred to as ‘The Trousers’.

Images Via Business Insider

Originally posted 2017-04-21 14:32:56.

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