10 most beautiful buildings in the world

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Craving for the beautiful is always alive in man. And it shows up even in areas of life like architecture. Back in time wooden architecture people tried to decorate their homes, making them carved skates and facades.

Now the approach has changed a bit. The building itself may be a real object of art – such as the work of an architect Zaha Hadid, who created the images of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Dominion Tower business center in Moscow and the Water Sports Center in London.

And for those who want to marvel at the opportunities and achievements modern architecture, we have compiled a rating of the 10 most beautiful buildings in the world. Only relatively new buildings were considered (erected in the XXI century).

Overview of the most beautiful buildings in the world

Nomination a place Building rating
Overview of the most beautiful buildings in the world 10 Bosjes Chapel, South Africa � 4.1
9 Branch of the Louvre Museum, UAE 4.2
8 Binhai Library, China 4.3
7 Business Center Dominion Tower (“Peresvet Plaza”), Moscow, Russia 4.4
6 Skyscraper Beirut Terraces, Lebanon 4.5
5 Drexel University, USA 4.6
4 Multifunctional complex Chaoyang Park Plaza, China 4.7
3 Harim Group Headquarters, South Korea 4.8
2 Center for the Study and Research of Oil, Saudi Arabia 4.9
1 MAAT Museum, Portugal 5.0

10th place: Bosjes Chapel, South Africa �

Rating: 4.1

Bosjes Chapel

Modern architecture is developing in two directions. First – This is an intentional distortion of forms, natural geometry and harmony. The second is attempts to embody natural beauty. And Bosjes’s chapel South Africa is just embodying the latter approach.

The shape of this building resembles at the same time an open flower, thrown fabric and sea wave. It doesn’t look like a building, not. Rather, it is a creation of nature, mysterious and incomprehensible.

In the development of the appearance of this chapel took part specialists of the London architectural bureau Steyn Studio. They created not only the exterior, but also the interior of the building, trying make it as minimal and simple as possible. As a result, this a chapel surrounded by mountain ranges and laconic inside looks just magical.

True, just so get to it will not work. She is situated privately owned and owned by one of the South African tycoons.

9th place: Louvre branch, UAE

Rating: 4.2

Louvre branch

An unusual approach of French architects to design already illustrated by the fact that right in front of the Louvre glass pyramid. Therefore, it is not surprising that the branch this museum is also in an unusual building, no.

The Louvre branch is located on an artificial floating island, and building (made in the best traditions of deconstructivism, of course the same) is covered by a dome consisting of 8 thousand metal stars. Together they form an elusive pattern that unites classic oriental traditions in a decor with a modern futuristic approach.

It is thanks to this mesh dome that everyone a person will make his own impression – someone will remind a thick a forest with heavy crowns, someone starry sky, someone arches mosques, and so on – the building got its place in the ranking.

8th place: Binhai Library, China

Rating: 4.3

Binhai Library

Despite the fact that the Binhai Library is recalls the work of the ever-memorable Zaha Hadid in design participated in the MVRDV architecture bureau from the Netherlands and Institute of Urban Planning directly from Tianjin, where and this building is located. A key element of both the interior and Exterior – a large white ball located in the center of the building.

It is as if the “waves” that form building interior. And thanks to the translucent front wall, it’s also the facade of the building is impressive, especially in the evening.

But most interesting is another interesting point. All these thousands of books that are visible in the photo, and supposedly standing on the shelves … just drawn. The library fund is in a different place and not available. This fact is very interested in the global media, and tourists and to this day go to take pictures against the background of walls with “books”.

7th place: Dominion Tower Business Center (“Peresvet Plaza”), Moscow, Russia

Rating: 4.4

Dominion Tower Business Center

From organic forms and smooth lines we sharply go to deconstructivism. Architect Zaha Hadid in the late 2000s developed a unique business center project that literally violates the laws of physics and geometry. And in 2015, the Dominion Tower in Moscow was opened.

Dominion Tower deceives perception at all levels. Special from the inside, if you go up to the last, 7th floor, and look down, then it seems that the stairs of this building came down from the paintings of Maurits Escher (well, or transported from Hogwarts). Contrast color finish – white walls, black floor – and the opposite location direction can easily confuse.

Outside, the building at first glance seems like a jumble floors. And sloppy, as if someone started playing jenga and threw in the middle. But then, peering and seeing smooth beveled corners, you can see all the harmony of the structure.

Most ironically, the Dominion Tower, despite all its pomp, now stands almost empty. The high cost of space makes it unprofitable for companies – even if they just want to improve their corporate image. AND It’s better to admire the building in sunny weather, because in the rain Moscow gray even for works of architectural art distributed by.

6th place: Skyscraper Beirut Terraces, Lebanon

Rating: 4.5

Skyscraper Beirut Terraces

One of the main problems of modern cities is catastrophic lack of greenery. Keeping trees is simply not profitable – chestnut or maple does not bring any profit, unlike occupying the same 10 square meters stall with shawarma. However, due to a lack of greenery in it becomes literally difficult to breathe in cities – the air becomes too dirty, heavy and unpleasantly acting on the lungs.

Now there is a tendency to create the so-called “vertical gardens” – multi-story buildings on each (or almost every) level of which a tree, bush or greenhouse. And the skyscraper Beirut Terraces, located in Lebanese Beirut, best illustrates this approach to landscaping.

This residential complex is made in the style of deconstructivism. Each floor in it seems to be offset from the previous one. it create large spaces, provide natural insolation and allows you to grow something green on each terrace-balcony.

Beirut Terraces was attended by architects and builders from the Swiss company Herzog & De Meuron. therefore the building looks very European, despite being located in the capital of one of the eastern countries. And most of all it is impressive it’s close when the whole architectural idea becomes visible and concept. From afar, it looks like a traditional skyscraper, which, Moreover, it was not completed.

5th place: Drexel University, USA

Rating: 4.6


Minimalism in architecture is still relevant. Especially if he involves reworking classic styles. Exactly, strictly, modern, concise, but with an elusive British spirit, and looks US Drexel University Research Center building.

The architects from Natoma Architects faced enough the difficult task is to create a convenient for work and visually attractive building in a relatively small area, writing its also in existing buildings. And they dealt with her on fine. The new building, commissioned in 2017, It looks very strict – but not corny.

The main feature of the building is a combination of vertical panoramic window openings of various widths with walls covered with trim of rough brick with a characteristic brown color. Design buildings are somewhat reminiscent of bar codes, but at the same time – including thanks to colors and austerity – saturated with classic styling English architecture, solid, but not artsy.

4th place: Multifunctional complex Chaoyang Park Plaza, China

Rating: 4.7

Multifunctional complex Chaoyang Park Plaza

Skyscrapers of the multifunctional complex Chaoyang Park Plaza, located in the Chinese capital of Beijing, once again show that multi-story buildings can look beautiful. And for this they don’t even need to take the form of a frivolous cucumber, as london tower mary ex.

The architecture of this complex is the largest Chinese bureau MAD tried to embody the style and spirit of the mountains. This also manifests itself in “ribs” that protrude like peaks and at different heights both towers, and even in a demonstrative dark, almost black glazing. The building looks impressive, although some may seem too aggressive. But these are just the forces of nature, embodied in architecture – amazing, shocking, memorable and even sometimes frightening.

Chaoyang Park Plaza, among other things, stands out very much from the rest of Beijing architecture. The capital of China was built during the heyday of the Communist Party (who have not finished yet) and therefore literally dotted with standard “concrete boxes”. Gloomy, but very organic in terms of design the complex attracts views from anywhere in the city where it is visible, and even from a bird’s eye view.

3rd place: Headquarters Harim Group, South Korea

Rating: 4.8

Harim Group Headquarters, South Korea

To make a truly beautiful and original building, do not Be sure to reinvent the wheel and think out non-standard forms. Sometimes even a relatively small part can turn a “box” of glass and concrete “in a real masterpiece of architectural thought. And Harim Group’s headquarters building in South Korean Seoul is only confirms.

The building itself looks like a box of glass and concrete, but at the same time it is dissected by a wavy line. Special lighting and variations the width of the “cut” make it look like a coil of the galaxy or Milky Way.

The wave-shaped cut inside is covered with shining stainless steel and strewn with a huge number of bulbs of warm yellow light. Exactly therefore, it looks like a fragment of the starry sky. And while the cut harmoniously combined with the style of the rest of the building – deliberately office and business, with a characteristic arrangement of windows and elements interior lighting.

The bright, memorable building was designed by South Korean The Beck Group Architectural Bureau. In addition to architectural harmony, it is also distinguished by a respectful attitude to Asian traditions, where the golden color symbolizes luck and success, and the wave-like niches help circulate qi energies.

2nd place: Center for the Study and Research of Oil, Saudi Arabia

Rating: 4.9

Center for the Study and Research of Oil, Saudi Arabia

And again futurism and deconstructivism. The building of the center of study and oil research looks like anything but not scientific building. Lovers of modern architecture may well guess which architect somehow had a hand in the creation of this structure – and they will be right.

The building of the Center for the Study and Research of Oil in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was designed and constructed by employees Architectural Bureau Zaha Hadid Architects. And although Zaha Hadid herself didn’t live up to the opening of the building, its approach is recognized in the general style – sharp disregard for the traditional laws of architecture, contrasting colors and lines, but at the same time, elements of the so-called organic dynamic. Even inside, huge empty spaces and sharp, intersecting lines, due to which the orientation for the visitor may seem quite complicated and confusing occupation.

Due to futuristic design, angular lines raised forms and deserts around the building is very reminiscent of a Martian colony, as science fiction artists like to portray them.

1st place: MAAT Museum, Portugal

Rating: 5.0

MAAT Museum

The best building is one that fits into the natural landscape and does not try to attract all the attention. And the construction of the Museum Arts, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) in Portuguese Lisbon does not work out right away. She is natural inscribed in the coastline and rhymes perfectly with tidal waves.

The building’s natural appearance is also “responsible” finishing materials. It is covered with polished ceramic plates that “play” and glare in the sun like water surface. In general, the structure continues the tide, complementing and decorating it.

In addition, easily accessible observation deck. It offers views of the vast sea horizon. There was once a large port on the site of the museum, from where ships set off into the distance. Now a big cultural complex, and the MAAT museum has become part of it.

The design and construction of the building is the work of the British architect Amanda Leviticus.

Attention! This rating is subjective, not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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