Brave Man’s Bridge to Dancing House: Here Are 9 Architectural Marvels You Should Know About
Human beings have come a long way from caves and straw huts, and we have entered a day an age where there are striking architectural marvels scattered all over the planet. We have celebrated many a monument, like the pyramids of Giza or the Taj Mahal, yet there are many that we so not know of.
Here are some architectural marvels throughout the world that need to be celebrated.
Millau Viaduct, Southern France
A rarity, this is the tallest bridge in the world, with a mast reaching up to 343 meters from the base of the structure to the top. It is impressive and beautiful, and very modern-looking; making it one of the marvels of the new world.
Turning Torso, Scandinavia
People have been using the human physiognomy as inspiration for architecture for a while now, but this is the zenith of creation. Crafted by the mind of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to stand in Sweden, Turning Torso is the tallest building in the country. Its design emulates the human spine when being turned naturally, as it’s a set of stacked cubes twisting around a central point. From bottom to top, the entire curvature of the building is a full 90 degrees.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kaufmann Residence has stood since the 1930’s, making it one of the elder statesmen of this list. It seems to not only blend perfectly with the land around it, but to appear to sit atop a waterfall among the tree boughs rather than touching terra firma.
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Soaring over the sprawling city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, the Petronas Towers by Cesar Pelli were the world’s tallest buildings for 6 years, and remain the tallest twin bodies on the planet. While their soaring height is impressive, the real story lies beneath the surface, where they have the deepest foundation ever made, cut deep into the soft rock.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Though each Guggenheim is a work of art unto itself, the Spanish one from Frank Gehry is a special one. It’s an interesting amalgamation of glass, limestone, and titanium that appears to be a random assortment of shapes, with its apparent method becoming clear as one traverses the inside and out.
Dancing House, Prague
The Prague Dancing House, a highly original building, was made resembling and also inspired by two dancers – the immortally famous duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Nationale Nederlanden building, known as the “Dancing House” or sometimes “Fred and Ginger”, is one of the most significant landmarks in Prague and definitely the most internationally renowned piece of Czech architecture. Most importantly, there is a sightseeing terrace on top of it, from which you can overlook the breathtaking panorama of Prague.
The Shard, London
The tallest building in London and the European Union, the Shard is a marvel of modern engineering boasting 95 stories offering the finest views of fast-paced London. It is beautiful and quite symbolic of the clean, precise modern world that has moved on from sandstone and marble.
Manta Resort, Pemba Island
On Zanzibar’s sibling island, the more exclusive, rustic Pemba features one of the most incredible hotels in the world. There’s an underwater room where you can watch manta rays and rainbow fish gliding past from your bed. If you thought that this was possible only in Bond films, then you should reconsider.
Haohan Qiao Bridge, Yueyang, China
This is the world’s longest glass bottomed bridge. Sufferers of vertigo are not going to have a good time, whatever you do, don’t look down. The thrill is in the clear, reinforced glass view of the surrounding national park. Known as Brave Man’s Bridge this is not for the faint-hearted.
Had you ever heard of any of these? Which one is your favourite?