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Designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is admired for its unique architecture as much as it is for its globe-spanning art collection. The modern structure with its rotunda shape beautifully punctuates the concrete jungle of the Big Apple. It houses a comprehensive selection belonging to numerous collectors, curators and art aficionados from across the world. Visit thought-provoking exhibitions of modern and contemporary art as well as a host of cultural events and presentations. Some of the most attractive displays are Picasso's monochromatic work and Thannhauser's still life.
A mesmerizing collection of vivid hues and domes, St. Basil's Cathedral looms at the southern end of the Red Square, one of Russia's most widely-recognized architectural monuments. Originally built between 1555 and 1561 to commemorate the victory of Ivan IV in Kazan, the cathedral was a vision in white stone with gilded domes. The colors and patterns were not added until the 17th Century. Little is known about the architects of this majestic edifice and for a time legend had it that Ivan IV had the duo blinded to prevent them from replicating the design. Originally composed of nine chapels, a tenth was added a few years later where the tomb of Saint Basil lies. Although officially named the Cathedral of the Intercession, this historic jewel's more popular moniker derives from this. Today, St. Basil's Cathedral is a museum attracting droves of visitors each year, inspiring awe in all those who lay their eyes upon it.
Arguably the reason for the biggest architectural controversy ever in the city, the post-modern Dancing House portrays a tango couple dancing. Situated on the banks of the Vltava River, the Fred and Ginger Building, built by American Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic, contains several offices, a street level bar and fancy French restaurant on top. The building is among the most unusual of Prague's varied architectural sights - go and judge its merit for yourself.
Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece The Fallingwater or the Kaufmann residence has been an awe inspiring site since 1939. It is a historic landmark which is open to the public and provides guided tours of the entire establishment by professional interpreters. Visitors also have the option to choose self-guided tours; however, it is only limited to view the house from outside. They offer special tour packages and on selected weekends, landscape hikes at attractive prices. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance especially when travelling in large group. The visitor centre is equipped with a cafe and a public restroom. The Fallingwater also has a barn which is available on rent for various events. For more information regarding tours and events please visit their website.
Part of the Rezydent Shopping Centre, Krzywy Domek, also known as Crooked House, is a uniquely designed building. Inspired from illustrations by Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg, the building is designed by the famed Szotynscy & Zaleski. Counted as one of the 50 strangest buildings in the world, the fascinating building attracts curious tourists and locals alike. This warped, vertigo-inducing building houses many stores, restaurants and even a radio station. When in Sopot, visiting this eccentric establishment is a must.
Antoni Gaudí, the architect who built this jewel of Catalan modernism, wanted the facade to reflect his romantic and anti-classical ideas about design. It was built for the Milà family between 1906 and 1910. Neither the family nor the public were much impressed, and it was dubbed La Pedrera (stone quarry) as an insult. Only later in 1984 did it win great acclaim when the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. Now internationally celebrated, Casa Milà is a prime example of Gaudí's civil architecture; it is aesthetically interesting and unique as well as outstandingly practical. Call +34 90 220 2138 for more details.
Built by Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman, Le Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval is one very spectacular piece of architecture. A telling structure, this one is all of 26 meters long. Covered with scripts, sea shelled pathways, figures of famous people like Archimedes, tools used to create this masterpiece and many other decorative arts. With its growing popularity, the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval has now become a National Monument in Hauterives and an iconic visitor's spot. Each year thousands of visitors gather to witness this marvelous wonder. The place is also home to events, exhibitions and cultural events. There is also an on-site shop selling memorabilia, loved by those who want to take back memories of this grand monument. Visiting hours vary monthly, call ahead or check website for more information.
Designed by the architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, the Kunsthaus Graz is a museum that keeps up with the international standards. Shaped like an alien aircraft, it is a must-see site and lovingly named the "friendly alien" by locals. The museum showcases exhibits by renowned artists. You will get to see collections of photography, fine art, interactive art and much more. Kunsthaus Graz is also used as an event space for several events. If you are exploring the city, ensure that you visit the museum to get insight into some fascinating artworks.
Love it or hate it, this brightly colored, off-center, eco-minded transformation of a drab council block by Austrian hippy artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Vienna's Third District is now as much a tourist attraction as the Hofburg or Stephansdom. By declaring war on the straight line and pledging to repay a debt to nature, Hundertwasser covered the facade in a checkerboard of primary colors, added onion domes and ceramic cladding with planted lawns and trees on the rooftops. Inside, the 50 flats were given the disconcerting feature of undulating terracotta floors. Don't miss the nearby Kunsthaus Wien, another Hundertwasser transformation, housing a permanent collection of his art.
Habitat 67 is renowned for its architectural excellence and served as a residence during the Expo 67. This housing complex exemplifies a modern approach towards designing and is still an important part of the city. Comprising 146 identical, block-like houses, the structure resembles a massive lego building, which is also one of its most noted features. The structure also offers unparalleled views of the neighborhood, and provides one of the best vantage points for photography.
The long anticipated Grand Lisboa Casino and Hotel opened with great fanfare in 2008. Stanley Ho's latest creation aims to be the premier gambling destination in Asia. The golden lotus-shaped 58-floor tower has forever changed the Macau skyline. The interior of this five-star establishment is as impressive as its exterior. Over 580,000 Swarkovski crystals glimmer in the lobby, casino and guest room chandeliers. International Michelin-rated restaurants make up the collection of dining options here. The casino occupies six floors and has the widest range of slots and tables in Macau. The hotel has 650 deluxe guest rooms and suites that offer views, luxurious amenities and more.
This architectural wonder was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and is aptly nicknamed the 'Bird's Nest'. The inner seating bowl is encompassed by a seemingly random mesh of crisscrossing beams, designed to disguise those that support the stadium's retractable roof, leading to its nest-like appearance. With space enough to accommodate a whopping 91,000 fans, the stadium now hosts a variety of events, from live performances and concerts, to sports and much more. The vast arena has quickly become a symbol of Beijing's cosmopolitan spirit and modern outlook.