Among the high rise monoliths that pierce the skylines of cities and the conformity of suburban utopias, there are a handful of wildly exquisite and strange buildings that are dotted around the globe. With a heightened concentration of architectural skill, these buildings are a wonder to behold. From Brazil to China, these buildings represent the intricacy of the design and construction process – from the CAD drafting to the final touches on the furnishing.
Here are four of the most unusually and most skillfully built buildings in the world:
Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil
Completed in 1970, the Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral in Brasília, Brazil and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the cathedral is a hyperboloid structure that is constructed from 16 concrete columns, weighing 90 tons each. The Cathedral of Brasilia which is also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The magnificent building looks like it is reaching up into the heavens.
Piano House, China
Located in Huainan, China, the Piano House was built in 2007 by the students at the Hefei University of Technology. Truly magnificent, this home looks like a giant grand piano, accompanied by a glass violin. Elegant and striking, you can access the body of the building through the glass violin, and find yourself travelling up the escalators that lead to an exhibit area that is currently being used as a showroom for city planners.
The Basket Building, Ohio (USA)
It may seem rather self-aggrandizing, but the Basket Building started out as a dream for the founder of The Longaberger Company, Dave Longaberger, who runs a business built around baskets. The entire office block of the company is housed by the giant basket, which was completed in 1997. The idea was to create a home office that looks like it is always “open for business.” In 1998, The Longaberger Home Office received a Build Ohio Award for its innovation with a synthetic plaster system. The building is made of a steel structure which creates the look of a Longaberger Basket®. If you think that the exterior looks amazing, the interior is breath-taking! Marble floors and a grand staircase are just a few of the enticing features that make up the office.
Eden Project, England
If you’re looking for something that looks truly futuristic, the Eden Project can be found in Cornwall, England. These domes are responsible for creating artificial biomes for plants that are collected from all over the world. The structures are located in an abandoned Kaolinite pit and attract many visitors each year. Two large enclosures connect to a variety of smaller domes that house thousands of plant species, each in its own biome. Intricate and fascinating, the domes are comprised of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal plastic cells that are inflated and supported by steel frames.
Other than these abovementioned architectural marvels, the world has many more to offer! A collection of unique and interesting buildings can be found in some of the most obscure parts of the globe. Many buildings are found in large cities, but many others that are found in areas less travelled are truly magnificent. For more information regarding a quote for CAD services, call (800) 700-3305.