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Interesting Architecture Around the World

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National Stadium - Beijing

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.

Beijing, China
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Burj Khalifa

One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa rises to a staggering height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The towering edifice appears to pierce the sky itself, soaring high above the city with its contemporary design. Completed in 2010, the skyscraper broke records at the time to become the world's tallest freestanding structure. Some of its most iconic highlights include the outdoor Observation Deck which is set on the 124th floor and offers breathtaking views of the city, surpassed only by the Sky Deck on the 148th floor. The extravagant interiors only add to the building's appeal, and the structure is also home to a luxury hotel and a high-end restaurant. The Burj Khalifa is a landmark that is synonymous with the city, as is evidenced by the myriad replicas of its iconic form fitted into souvenir stands and depicted on postcards.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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District Heating Plant Spittelau

The architect Friedensreich Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser is very well known to tourists for the municipal lodgings he has built in the Löwengasse. His style presents color, nature, and a belief that nothing should ever be even! The suitability of the embellishments to the chimney of the neighboring heating plant was the subject of much discussion in Vienna. Finally, the plant's roof was crowned with a big hat, typical of Hundertwasser's work. It's a very bright, colorful building - well worth a look.

Vienna, Austria
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