Buildings of the modern times has come in various and unique shapes and sizes. From the high-rise towers and awe-inspiring museums that have mushroomed in many metros, here are ten cutting edge buildings deserve to be in the spotlight.
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong
Zaha Hadid’s dynamic 250-foot-tall Jockey Club Innovation Tower houses the design education and research programs of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Grand Theatre D’Albi, Albi, France
A grand theater includes a 900-seat auditorium for live performances as well as a 250-seat experimental hall and several cinemas. A copper-colored metal mesh acts as a reflective curtain.
Shanghai Tower, China
At 2,073 feet, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Contained within this asymmetrical and spiraling form are 121 floors of retail, office and hotel space.
Musee Des Confluences, Lyon, France
Named for its location at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers in lyon, France, the 500,000-square-foot building is an assemblage of steel and glass.
Broad Art Museum, Los Angeles
The $140 million Broad Art Museum comprises an airy, cellular exoskeleton that shapes the façade and provides filtered daylight to the gallery spaces.
European Central Bank, Frankfurt
This masterpiece, which took a decade for completion, as two glass office towers rising just over 600 feet and are linked by a network of platforms, brigdes, ramps and stairs.
House of Music, Aalborg, Denmark
The performing arts center features a shoebox-style 1,300-seat concert hall whose concrete walls are wrapped by a U-shaped courtyard building that includes educational facilities and backstage functions.
One57, New York City
One57 now holds the distinction as Manhattan’s tallest residential building. At just over 1,000 feet, the glass megatower encompasses 92 luxury residences and a 210-key Park Hyatt Hotel.
Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum, Wulhan, China
Located in central China is this complex web of metal beams forming the foundation of this gravity-defying building.
Pathe Foundation, Paris
A transparent egg-shaped building that houses archives, exhibition spaces, and a screening room.
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