Emaleigh Coles
July 5, 2022

When you think of famous buildings around the world, the first thing that comes to mind tends to be the tall standard rectangular shaped building. But, what if the first thing that comes to mind is one that’s an entirely different shape?

We’re going to look into 6 very differently shaped buildings, that are still, or even more so, amazing to look at.

1: Aldar Headquarters, United Arab Emirates

Aldar Headquarters was built in 2010, in Al Raha in Abu Dhabi.

Designed by MZ Architects, a building of this structure was the first of it’s kind in the Middle East.

It was also awarded Best Futuristic Design at the 2008 Building Exchange Conference.

2: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Constructed in 2011, Marina Bay Sands was originally designed by Moche Safdie, who took inspiration from a deck of cards. This is symbolic as the resort houses the worlds largest atrium casino with 1,600 slot machines & 500 tables.

The resort was due to open in 2009 but had to be opened in parts, with the grand opening pushed to early 2011.

There will be a 4th tower constructed by 2026.

3: Harpa Concert Hall, Iceland

With construction starting for this concert hall in January 2007, it took 4 years for this concert hall to be constructed and opened.

The hall was designed by Batteríið Architects (an Icelandic architecture firm) and Henning Larsen Architects (a Danish firm). These two firms worked with Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist who works frequently with glass structures.

The building won the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Award in 2013.

4: L’Hemisfèric, Spain

L’Hemisfèric, in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, is an IMAX cinema and planetarium that was completed in 1998. The building was to represent an “eye of knowledge”, and was designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

With the design and shape of the building, there’s a certain echo in the building. If two people stand at the two pillars opposite each other, they can actually speak with each other.

5: The Lotus Temple, India

The Lotus Temple, located in New Dehli, India, is open to everyone regardless of religion.

The building has 27 free-standing ‘petals’, with 9 doors, leading into a central hall with a capacity of 1,300 people.

The Temple was designed by Fariborz Sahba and opened to the public in 1986.

6: Hallgrimskirkja, Iceland

Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland, standing at 244 feet tall.

It was completed in the 1980s and named after Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Pétursson.

It sits near the centre of Reykjavík & is one of the cities biggest landmarks, with as many as 200,000 tourists visiting every year.

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