10 Masterpieces of Architecture That Transcend Time and Space
1. Lou Ruvo Centre for Brain Health, Las Vegas
2. Taipei 101, Taipei
The Taipei 101 was named the world’s tallest and largest green building after receiving platinum certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
It stands at 1670.6ft tall, and is also one of the most stable buildings ever constructed, due in part to the giant pendulum structure in its centre.
The 660-tonne sphere is the largest ‘mass damper’ in the world, and swings to counteract the sway caused by sometimes monsoonal winds.
3. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai
The view from the top…
4. The Cliff Village of Petra, Jordan
5. The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Moulded by the brilliant mind of Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi, The Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church that began construction in 1882, and is still being built today. Its completion is projected to land in 2026, at the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project had been completed. Its construction was then passed on to others who strived to carry out Gaudi’s vision – a task that has seen many controversies and conflicts arise.
6. China Central Television Tower, Beijing
The Emporia Shopping Centre is the first completed building of a much larger plan, one which includes housing and office blocks. Once fully realized, the golden entrance will be the only visible piece of the Emporia.
8. Don Justo’s Cathedral, Madrid
After surviving Tuberculosis, a young monk named Don Justo Gallego was compelled by his undying faith to leave the order and begin a project that would span his entire life.
50 years on, now in his 80’s, and by the work of his hand alone, Don Justo has completed two thirds of his cathedral.
The incredible building is constructed almost entirely out of scavenged materials, and materials donated by building sites – for example, buckets filled with cement, air ducts, rebar and even newspapers.
9. Falling Water, Pennsylvania
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water is built partially over a waterfall on Bear Run, Pennsylvania. To make this possible, Wright used ‘cantilevering’ to allow for parts of the building to protrude across the water without external bracing.
Falling Water was named “the best all time work of american architecture” by the American Institute of Architects in 1991.
10. Alhambra (Calat Alhambra), Grenada
Constructed as a fortress in 889, this ancient masterpiece was then converted into a Muslim palace in 1333, later being used also by Christian inhabiters. It is now one of Spain’s main tourist attractions, exhibiting the most significant and celebrated example of Islamic architecture, as well as the later Christian influence.
All additions, repairs and alterations throughout time have adhered to the theme of ‘paradise on earth’.