10 Examples of the World’s Best Modern Architectural Wonders


These buildings define the world’s modern standards of architecture.

Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)

The Sydney Opera House, inaugurated in 1973, is Australia’s most recognizable architectural structure. It has been acclaimed as an icon of the twentieth century because of its soaring white roof and shell-shaped sails on top of a massive, red granite platform. It is the main attraction of Sydney Harbour and a reflection of its character. It is also the youngest UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Cumulus (Nordborg, Denmark)

This project, which looks like a meteorite, a cell, or a molecule to its onlookers, is exactly the project’s intention—to keep people guessing what it really is. The Cumulus Building, as it is called, is an exhibit hall and an addition to Danfoss Universe, a science and technology museum near the southern Denmark headquarters of its namesake thermal engineering conglomerate. In 2007, luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler chose the structure as one of the “new seven wonders of the architecture world.”


City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia, Spain)

This entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex is the most important modern tourist destination in Valencia, Spain. Situated at the end of Turia’s former riverbed, the City of Arts and Sciences was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and built in July 1996 to be an impressive example of modern architecture.


Capital Gate (Abu Dhabi, UAE)

The leaning Capital Gate in the UAE has risen to put the Tower of Pisa to shame. This skyscraper in Abu Dhabi, which is adjacent to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, is designed with a striking lean. At 160 m (520 ft) tall with thirty-five floors, the Capital Gate is one of the tallest buildings in the city and leans 18° to the west. In June 2010, Capital Gate was hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Furthest Leaning Man-Made Tower,” leaning four times further than the Leaning Tower of Suurhusen.


Sunrise Kempinski Hotel (Beijing, China)



China is now catching up to becoming another hospitality hot spot. This year, two amazing architectural structures have risen in Beijing, and one of them is the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel. The structure is located on the edge of a lake and was built ultimately according to Feng Shui. Ten thousand glass panels stretching to a span of 18,075 m2 cover the exterior of the hotel. The panels are arranged in such a manner that the top portion of the building reflects the color of the sky, with the middle reflecting Yanshan Mountains, and the bottom reflecting the lake.


The Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)

As the biggest and most well-known chunk of the Singapore skyline, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino consists of three towers. Plus, a giant boat-like structure joins the trio at the top (fifty-seventh floor). On that floor, one can find an infinity pool that overlooks the entire Central District, a restaurant and chocolate bar, and the famous Ku De Ta Club. The ground level is connected directly to the metro system and has its own shopping mall. The hotel is also the most expensive stand-alone casino property, being valued at $8 billion. According to its designer, architect Moshe Safdie, the hotel was inspired by card decks.


Akshardham Temple (Delhi, India)

Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is among the world’s most grandiose houses of worship as it showcases the blend of technical modernity with traditional architectural styles. Sprawled across an 8,000 m2 land on the banks of the Yamuna River, the sandstone-marble temple was built without any steel. The building has attracted many tourists to the Indian capital since it opened in 2005. This is the second monument that was inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha.

Chapel of the Holy Cross (Arizona, USA)

Situated between the red rock towers in Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Catholic chapel constructed in 1956. Its construction was considered a miracle in itself since the chapel was built 250 ft above and juts out over a wall of a thousand red rocks. It is a fine example of modern architecture, with great windows and a cross behind the altar. Its one-of-a-kind architecture and location were inspired by Marguerite Bruswig Staude who, during a trip to New York City in 1932, observed that a cross could be seen in the Empire State Building when viewed from a certain angle. She based her design for the church on that observation, but it took her many trips across Europe and the United States before she spotted the ideal location on Sedona.

Infinity Tower (Dubai, UAE)

This twisty Infinity Tower is the tallest high-rise building in the world. Its unique and almost complete skyscraper spirals an amazing 90˚ from its base to its crown, 305 meters (1,000 feet) above the ground. The high residential tower has eighty floors and waterfront views. What makes this tower more amazing is that one can never see any structural pillar inside the building.


Nagoya Science Museum and Planetarium (Aichi, Japan)

Located in Sakae, Nagoya, at the center of Nagoya City in central Japan, the Nagoya City Science Museum was designed in the form of a giant ball placed between rectangular holders. As the world’s largest planetarium, it is equipped with a 35-meter projection dome. Currently, the museum houses a display of space and future technologies on its upper floor.


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