Since before the creation of the pyramids, man has been mesmerized by architecture. Architecture is the ultimate in demonstrating man’s creativity and innovation. It is understandable then, when you consider building your own home, that you want to pull tips and tricks from the greatest architects around the globe.
A great way to build your ideas and get a feel for different structures is through travel. Around the globe are incredible feats of architectural achievement, that can only truly be experienced in person. Before you begin a build of large proportions, take time to visit some of these architectural giants around the world. You will get a better feel for your likes and dislikes and may find a completely new muse.
Making movements on the modernist side, Dubai stands tall as a modern architecture destination; the Burj Khalifa is a study in height and strength, standing 2,723 feet tall. Designed by a Chicago architectural group, the Burj Khalifa was built to pay homage to the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower). Dubai also plays host to the architectural feat that is Burj Al Arab, an artificial building archipelago that resembles a world map.
Speaking of Chicago architecture, there have been plenty of architectural giants coming from the Windy city. Frank Lloyd Wright called this place home, and his remaining house and studio still stand in the city for tours. Chicago is known for it’s impressive silver “bean,” known as the Cloud Gate, as well as Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).
New York City
The Big Apple has had it’s fair share of architectural geniuses and has risen from the ashes of the Twin Towers to brilliant new builds. Freedom Tower was built as a new world trade center to replace the two towers destroyed in the September 11th attack. Standing a magnificent 1,792 feet tall, it is the tallest building in the Western hemisphere and the sixth tallest internationally.
New York City has plenty of other architectural gems permeating it’s history and well-traveled streets. Take a gander at the Empire State Building, the Highline, Rockefeller Center or Time Square for more in architectural feats. Central Park is another architectural creation that takes up residence in this metropolis.
The Great Wall of China has been regarded as one of the greatest ancient architectural feats. Constructed in 7th century BC, the wall was created to protect the Chinese empire. Millions of tourists travel to this world wonder every year, as well as to other Chinese beauties like the Forbidden City in Beijing.
While much of the Roman architectural concepts were borrowed from the Greeks, it still remains an impressive architectural city. With the Colosseum constructed in 72 AD, tourists still come to see this impressive structure; the aqueducts are also an incredible feat, transporting roughly 370 gallons into the city per second. Other Roman wonders include the Pantheon, Temple of Vesta, Baths of Caracalla, and the Vatican.