30 Extraordinary Buildings You Need To See

Have you considered visiting the extraordinary buildings in the world? Well, you should!

When it comes to creativity, there aren’t no limits. If we can work on amazing pieces of stuff with little things, then we can do the same too with anything big.

And when we say big, that would include huge structures that can be occupied by humans. Yes, there are many extraordinary buildings and mind-blowing structures that we can see around the globe.

How they were conceived and conceptualized is a wonder. But how they were designed and constructed is even more startling!

Extraordinary Buildings

In case you do not know, there are incredible and extraordinary buildings around the globe that are already existing and occupied for various purposes. These aren’t just buildings but can be considered as artworks as well because of their sculptural designs.

The shapes and forms vary too and each one has a different meaning and has an interesting story behind them. Prepare to be mind blown by these overly extraordinary buildings around the globe!

1. Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts

The Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts is an opera house and cultural center in Valencia, Spain. It has a surprising design with 14 stories up and 3 stories down.

Extraordinary Buildings Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts
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2. IAC Blues

You’d be surprised with a building that has a large base and twisted tower sections. The IAC Blues building of Manhattan, New York has a beehive like structure with cells packed together.
IAC Blues
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3. Royal Ontario Museum Expansion

Looking at the Royal Ontario Museum Expansion of Ontarios, Canada makes us feel like we are in a totally different world with its spikes and geometry.
Royal Ontario Museum Expansion
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4. Beijing National Stadium

Like a nest, the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, China stands proud with dramatic lighting. We are guessing this one was very challenging to construct.
Beijing National Stadium
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5. Esplanade Theater

The Esplanade Theater in Singapore is a waterside extraordinary buildings that is the center of performing arts in the country. The design is like a giant glass bowl turned upside down!
Esplanade Theater
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6. Hotel Marques De Riscal

This Hotel Marques De Riscal of Elciego, Spain seems to carry a ton of crumpled sheets. We thought buildings like this only exists in the play room!
Hotel Marques De Riscal
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7. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

This is a beautiful structure! The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center is 619,000-square-foot building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan that boasts a flowing and curvy architecture.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
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8. The Piano House

For the love of music, one would definitely want to take a selfie in The Piano House of China. Just look at this grand violin and piano!
The Piano House
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9. Great Arch of Defense

Shaped like a hypercube that is projected in the three-dimensional world, the Great Arch of Defense in France is a government office on two sides and an exhibition center at the roof.
Great Arch of Defense
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10. The Hotel Unique

The Hotel Unique in Sao Paulo, Brazil is another extraordinary buildings you have to see. It lives up to its name because of its unique shapes and form. It is like a semi-circle with round windows in it.
The Hotel Unique
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11. Lotus Temple

You will feel like you are inside a flower in this Lotus Temple of India. This is a place which is said to be open to everyone whatever is the belief or religion.
Lotus Temple
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12. Code Unique Hotel of Dubai

For sure, you will be reminded of the 8-bit when you see the Code Unique Hotel of Dubai. Now these are large pixels indeed!
Code Unique Hotel of Dubai
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13. Infosys Building

Infosys Building of Hinjewadi, Pune, India is the home of the third-largest India-based IT services company. It kind of looked like an space shuttle occupied by aliens.
Infosys Building
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14. Ryugyong Hotel

Who would expect that a huge pyramid could stand on the ground in the middle of the city? You will see this in the Ryugyong Hotel of Pyongyang, North Korea. It was built in 1987 and took over 26 years before the rebuilding began. We are not sure if this hotel is used today.
Ryugyong Hotel
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15. The Basket Building

Guess you are not the only one who could pick a basket for a picnic. A giant can have one too but in the form of a building. Lol. The Basket Building is the office of The Longaberger Company in Ohio, United States. They are well known in making maple wood baskets and other products.
The Basket Building
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16. Gherkin Building

In London, UK, you will find the Gherkin Building which is a commercial skyscraper that is shaped like a bullet. It can be visible from 32 miles away!
Gherkin Building
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17. National Museum of the American Indian

Love the curves of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. It is something you’d love to stare at especially at night.
National Museum of the American Indian
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18. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum<

Before you see the artworks in the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota, you’ll get to see the giant work of art of the building first!
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
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19. Capital Gate

You’d be reminded of the Leaning Tower of Pisa once you see the Capital Gate which is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi.
Capital Gate
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20. Edificio Mirador

Like Lego blocks put together, the Edificio Mirador stand proud and firm in Madrid, Spain.
Edificio Mirador
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21. The Wave

The Wave in Vejle, Denmark will remind us of mountains or even giant waves.
The Wave
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22. Quadracci Pavilion

A combination of cutting-edge technology and old world craftsmanship resulted into the Quadracci Pavilion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Quadracci Pavilion
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23. China Central Television Headquarters

You’d be amazed of the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing which is a 44-storey skyscraper. Its nickname is ‘dà kùchǎ’that means big boxer shorts.
China Central Television Headquarters
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24. Erwin Wurm: House Attack

I’m sure you would wonder why a house is thrown right into the Erwin Wurm: House Attack of Vienna, Austria.
Erwin Wurm: House Attack
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25. Manchester Civil Justice Centre

The extruding and protruding levels of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre of Manchester, UK sure is a wonder of architecture!
Manchester Civil Justice Centre
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26. Burj al Arab

Of course, we will not forget to include the famous Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. It has a design that captured the hearts of many but only the rich can step inside the world’s most luxurious hotel.
Burj al Arab
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27. Liverpool University Building

The administration building of the Liverpool University Building in Suzhou, China has recessed glass curtain walls with an amazing patterns around the building.
Liverpool University Building
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28. Millennium Dome

The Millennium Dome in Greenwich, England is a large white marquee with twelve 100 m-high yellow support towers. It looks like a mine bomb to me!
Millennium Dome
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29. Futuroscope

Both kids and adults would love to visit the Futuroscope of Poitiers, France! It is a theme park with amazing rides and activities.
Extraordinary Buildings: Futuroscope
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30. Guggenheim Museum

Catch a glimpse of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain with a modern and contemporary design. It has that deconstructivism architecture that is breathtaking!
Extraordinary Buildings: Guggenheim Museum
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You couldn’t believe it? Well, you have to because these extraordinary buildings aren’t mere concepts but these are really existing structures.

So, the next time you visit a certain city with a beautiful and extraordinary building, make sure that you will be able to visit a unique building in the area.

But for now, feast your eyes on the list!

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