5 Buildings You MUST Know
The FIVE greatest buildings of the modern age are:
1. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain By Frank Gehry
WOW! Gehry is exemplary in his design of the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The design was a radical cultural influence to be admired by many as the greatest building of this age. It is rightfully so a national pride and joy to have Gehry's design right in Bilbao, Spain. Tourism in the area has risen since its construction and the beauty of Gehry's building does not go unappreciated by the world.
2. National Assembly, Dhaka, Bangladesh By Luis Kahn
It is a design to represent Bangladesh as a country and its culture and heritage. This building acquires much of the tourist traffic to Bangladesh. It exists as a strong hold for a people with of a great national identity.
3. Hearst Tower, New York City, USA by Norman Foster
The Hearst Tower is a beautiful example of melding the new with the old. Arguably melding seamlessly with the former building below, the Heart Tower offers an alternative approach to historical reconstruction. Historical renovation has been a monumental task as the buildings past ages become inhabitable. Foster gladly takes the opportunity to build a great building with its foundation being a former great building made more great.
4. CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China by Office of Metropolitan Architects
Never before has there been a structure with such creative engineering of cantilevers on such a large-scale. It liberates the imagination to begin experimenting with new shapes structurally on a vertical scale.
5. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia by Jorn Utzon
Sydney Opera House is a beautiful example of pre-cast concrete panels working in a way that monumentally affects the aesthetics of the building experience. The $102 million dollar building has been a source of pride for Australia for many years now. Acoustically, the opera house is unparalleled for the listeners' experience. The opera house design was inspired by that of a shell which one can deduce quite quickly.