There is no limitation of imagination and hence the development of incredible and spectacular masterpieces cannot be ceased. Sometimes it becomes difficult to accept the exceptionalism of the designs of building architectures that we come across because of their unachievable triumph of archeology. The structuring of building is going bigger, taller, broader and mind-boggling enormous and there is no doubt about it that all of them are stunning and astonishing. I made a deep research and found that the following buildings are more spectacular than the buildings developed ever before. Here it goes, have a look on them; you might have the same opinion about these buildings.
10. Residence Antilia
Location: Mumbai, India
Architect: Perkins & Will
Date of Construction: 2007-2010
Distinct Feature: Taj Mahal of 21st century
It is a twenty-seven floor residential building in India. It is said to be one of the most expensive living coutures in India as located at the most expensive street of the world which costs US$25,000/sq m. It is situated in South Mumbai at Altamont road, Cumballa hill and belongs to the billionaire Mukesh Ambani who is the chairman of reliance industries. The house has luxurious living style where a staff of 600 is employed for the maintenance of the house. It is also known as the “Taj Mahal of 21st century”.
9. Burj khalifa
Location: Dubai, UAE
Date of Construction: 2004-2010
Distinct Feature: Tallest structure in the world
Burj khalifa which means “Khalifa towers” is the tallest structure in the world with a height of 2,717 feet which is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building was inaugurated on 4th January 2010 and became a part of downtown Dubai. 1.5 billion US dollar were spent on the development of this project and according to the chairman of project’s developer of Emaar properties, Mohammed Ali Alabbar the cost of office space in Burj khalifa has reached US$4,000 per sq ft. initially it was named as Burg Dubai but later on its name was changed to honor UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who supported its development in the country despite of global financial crisis in 2007 to 2010.
8. Gazprom Headquarters
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Architect: RMJM architects
Date of Construction: 1993
Distinct Feature: One of the tallest structures in the world and has a feature to change its facade color 10 times per day on the basis of position of the sun
This building with a unique structure belongs to Gazprom which is the largest natural gas extractor company in the world. The Gazprom headquarter is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and familiar with a name “corn on the cod” among the inhabitants of the locality. This building has an extraordinary feature since the crystal outlook of the building changes color 10 times a day according to the position of sun. The colossal glass flamed building has a height of 300 meters which is the second reason of its popularity apart from color changing propensity.
7. Penang Global City Headquarters
Location: Penang island, Malaysia
Architect: Asymptote Architecture, under leadership of Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Coutur
Date of Construction: Started around 2002
Distinct Feature: Urbanism and elegance
The Penang Global City Center is positioned in Penang Island, Malaysia and acquires an area of 185 hectare plot with two ionic towers, each of which is 200 meters high. The sole structure of the building was designed by Asymptote Architecture under the guidance of Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Coutur. The construction of the building faced a lot of controversies and criticism but was completed with a stylish and stature design in almost 15 years. The picturesque landscape enhances its urbanism and elegance. It is a symbol of rich cultural heritage of Malaysia.
6. Russia Tower
Location: Moscow, Russia
Architect: Foster + Partners
Date of Construction: Started on 18 September 2007
Distinct Feature: Skyscraper of Russia
The partially built skyscraper of Russia is present in the Moscow international business center of Russia. The construction of this building was started on 18 September 2007 but dramatically ceased by officials in June 2009 and turned into a parking lot for the buildings in its vicinity. The tower was estimated to contain 118 floors and would cover an area of 520,000 m2 it would also accommodate 3,680 cars for underground parking. Although it took over 2 billion dollars in its construction but was cancelled afterwards due to significant conflicts of interests.
5. Songjiang Hotel
Location: Songjiang district, Shanghai, China
Date of Construction: Completed on May 2009
Distinct Feature: Built in quarry
This ultra stylish and luxurious hotel of Shanghai has won the award of international design competition. It is a five-star hotel with beautiful water filled quarry at its front where natural beauty in the surrounding is a toping on the cake and located in Songjiang district, Shanghai, China. The stunning conceptual design of the hotel grabs the attention of the people from all around the world. It is a 400 bed resort which is 2 floors higher than the rock face of 200 meter deep quarry. It also tender underwater public areas and guest rooms. Banqueting centers, conference halls, cafes and sports areas are incorporated in the Songjiang hotel.
4. Regatta Hotel
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Distinct Feature: Follows Nautical theme
A large building surrounded by 10 small towers is what we call Regatta hotel and is the fourth top unique structure of the world. The developer made it by keeping the nautical theme in mind and says that the 10 small towers represent sailing boats and whilst the large one is the lighthouse. The large building which the developer called the light house is the real center of attention since it has the most inconceivable structure we have ever come across. The building was designed by well known Atkins which has also designed Burj khalifa (the tallest building of the world).
3. CCTV headquarter
Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Date of Construction: Started on 1st June 2004
Distinct Feature: Radical shape
China central television headquarters is another skyscraper which is 234 meters tall and has forty-four stories. It is situated in Beijing central business district and the construction of the building was started in June 2004 and completed in January 2008. The structure was designed with the association of Arup where as Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA, were its architects. The building is diverse from traditional towers and consists of six horizontal and vertical sections. Since the building is located in a seismic zone which made it a real challenge for construction. A taxi driver gave it a nick name dà kùcha (???) which means “big boxer shorts” due to its radical shape.
2. Chicago Spire
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Architect: Santiago Calatrava, Perkins and Will
Date of Construction: 25 June 2007
Distinct Feature: Spire shape
The now-defunct and incomplete skyscraper of Chicago is the building known as Chicago spire and located in Chicago, Illinois. Due to the enduring recession which began in 2008, the construction of the project which started on 25 June 2007 was halted. The design of the building is a creation of a Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and the development responsibilities were taken by the St Patrick’s Athletic owner Garrett Kelleher of ShelbourneDevelopment Group, Inc. It was assumed to be the tallest building of the world, with a height of 610 meters and 150 floors.
1. Aqua Tower
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Architect: Jeanne Gang
Date of Construction: 2007-2009
Distinct Feature: Wave shape facade and the tallest building ever designed by a woman
Aqua tower is a mixed used residential building which has 86 stories and located in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago. The design of the building was developed by a team under the supervision of Jeanne Gang and became the tallest building designed by a woman in the world. It is a skyscraper with a height of 262 meters and each floor has 1,500 m2 of area. Terrace gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, walking track and fire pit, are a part of this building which has wave-like façade.