The 10 most beautiful architectural designs around the world

By WBC Architects | December 1, 2016 | Famous Architectural Designs

There is a lot of unique architecture all over the world. Like a photograph, the architecture designs record the special moments through time. However, unlike a photograph, the structures have their own life, and it became an important part in human’s lives. Pictures of the most beautiful building around the world are hardly to judge. Listed below is the list of famous buildings in the world that is ranked based on eye-catching beauty.

1. Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur


Petronas Towers, which can be seen as an iconic landmark of Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia, is a twin towers that was created by architects Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat together with Deejay Cerico and designer Dominic Saibo under the consultancy of JC Guinto. It was the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world from 1998 to 2004 with the height of 451.9 meters.

2. Empire State Building, New York


Empire State. It was designed by architect William Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon. One special thing about this building is that it was completed in just one year and 45 days from St Patrick’s Day 1930.

3. Chrysler Building, New York


The Chrysler Building was designed by architect William Van Alen. It was specially built for car manufacturer Walter Chrysler. In the early of 20th Century, there was a racing in skyscraper building. At this time, Chrysler’s spire was built secretly in order to overcome The Bank of Manhattan to be recognized as the tallest building in the world in 1930. However, the Chrysler building attained the title of the world’s tallest building for just one year until the Empire State was constructed.

4. Lloyds Building, London


The fourth place in the famous architecture list is Lloyds Building, which is an iconic architectural landmark of London skyline. It was created by architect Richard Rogers and was built from 1978 to 1986. Lloyds Building is also known as the Inside – Out Building due to its service including water pipes, staircase and 12 lifts outside.

5. Sydney Opera House


Talking about the world – famous architectural design, we have to mention Sydney Opera House, which is the distinctive Australian iconic architecture. This beautiful building includes three groups of interlocking shells that contained two main performance halls and a restaurant. It was designed by architect Jørn Utzon who was unknown until the International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney.

6. Space Needle, Seattle


This futuristic building, which was built for the 1962 World Fair, was designed by 2 architects Edward E Carlson and John Graham. It’s not only an unique architecture but also an impressive design that can survive wind velocities of 200 mph as well as can escape serious damage during the earthquake with maximum magnitudes of 9.1. After more than 50 years its construction, the Space Needle remains Seatle’s best visitor destination.

7. Fallingwater, Pennsylvania


Fallingwaer was created by architect Frank Lloyd for the Kauffman family in 1934. This unique and innovative design makes it look like the house stretches out over a 30ft water fall without solid ground beneath it.

8. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao


This beautiful design was recognized as one of the most important building of the 20th century. The museum was designed by architect Frank Gehry after winning an architectural competition to design the building. Opening from 1997, this museum now is the display of over hundred exhibition with 10 million visitors through time.

9. Flatiron Building, New York


With the unique design captured everyone’s attention, plus with the triangular shape made it possible to fill the space at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. It’s name used to be Fuller Building, was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and was built in 1902. It was never the tallest building but the most memorable building in New York City.

10. Burj Khalifa


Last but not least is the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa at the height of 828.9 meters. This building is the iconic landmark of the Arab country of Dubai, which was built for 6 years from 2004 to 2010 with 160 floors. It was designed by the Chicago office of American architectural and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril LLP