10 Spectacular Building Architectures Around the Globe



5. Songjiang Hotel

Location: Songjiang district, Shanghai, China

Architect: Atkins

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

Architect: Atkins

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

Location: China

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 kùchǎ (大裤衩) 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 mof area. Terrace gardens, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, walking track and fire pit, are a part of this building which has wave-like façade.

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