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Reflecting on the Modern Architectural Marvels of the World

Reflecting on the Modern Architectural Marvels of the World

16 Mar 2020

When we are travelling around the world, one of the ‘to-do lists’ is to visit the site of architectural marvels to gauge over the essence of those buildings and the thought-process with which those buildings were structured.

While they are a visual delight for any person visiting the site, the curiosity level increases when one discovers the unique and interesting facts about the architectural marvels. What is even more intriguing is the manner in which such complex solid structures were established in historical time periods when there were no proper technology developments to support the construction sector.

Following are some of the architectural marvels which have showcased some of the elements of architectural excellence which makes it a fun experience to read upon these structures and also create a desire to visit these places whenever given the chance :

  1. Burj Khalifa - This structure beats all other buildings when it comes to heights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It holds the world record of being the tallest building in the world where it comprises and boasts of :

  • Highest residence 

  • Highest restaurant

  • Taller than Eiffel Tower also

  • The highest number of floors

  • Construction efforts went on for 6 years

  • Aluminium used for building weighs 5 Airbus A380 airliners

  • Exterior silver coating for improved insulation

  • Shape being inspired by traditional Islamic architecture and resembles the flower of Spider Lily that is available all across UAE


  1. Sydney Opera House - This UNESCO World Heritage Building is famous for its distinctive shape that overlooks onto the coast of Sydney. It is a multi-purpose performing arts venue in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The salient feature of this structure are :

  • Took 14 years to complete the construction

  • There was a competition to design this building where Jorn Utzon of Denmark won the competition with his design. However, he later resigned due to non-payment by the local government of Australia

  • The temperature inside the house is precisely set at 22.5-degrees Celcius

  •  A million tiles from Swedish Company Hogonas are put up inside the building

  • 7 different venues are there in the same building

  • It is so massive that it has 1000 rooms

  • Declared as the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ in 2007


  1. Petronas Twin Towers - This skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the tallest twin tower where the inspiration of architecture is from Islamic Art. Some of the interesting features of this structure are :

  • Consists of 88 floors

  • Had the tallest building status from 1998 to 2004

  • Took 6 years to construct

  • Built With 590,000 Square Feet Of Laminated Glass

  • It is disaster management resilient when it comes to hurricane


  1. 30 St. Mary Axe - This structure is located in the heart of London known for its unique shaped building and as an eco-friendly skyscraper. It is curvilinear in shape and it is mainly built of glass and steel. Some of the interesting features of this structure are :

  • Known by its nickname - ‘Gherkin’

  • One of the widely recognisable contemporary architecture of London city

  • The shape of the tower is influenced by the physical environment of the city

  • Has a glass facade with diamond-shaped panels

  • Has a dramatic entrance

  • Each floor rotates five degrees from the one below

Hence, these are some of world’s architectural marvels that have set new standards for the architects all around the world where they add an extra edge to the formation of the building as well as in its look and feel of it. Such structures always inspire the architects to believe in themselves and their crazy ideas so that in future, they can also work upon unique themes that will set the architectural structure apart.


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