21 Buildings You Need To See In Your Lifetime

The first buildings were built some 12,000 years ago. 

We’ve come a long way since then — creating temples to our gods, houses for our operas, and museums for our art that rival nature’s beauty.

Here are 21 buildings you need to see before you kick the bucket.

1 | The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, is the world’s tallest building, standing at 2,717 feet.

1-Burj Khalifa

2 | You can see why the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing gets its nickname, ‘The Egg.’

2-The Egg, Beijing

3 | The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, houses an aquarium, an opera house, and an IMAX theater all in one.

4 | The legendary architect Christopher Wren designed St Paul’s Cathedral, arguably the center of London. It opened in 1708.

4-Pauls Cathedral

5 | Completed in 1561, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is now a part of Russian national identity.

5-St Basils Cathedral

6 | After the Empire State Building opened in 1931, it was the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. It still attracts lots of attention, even from the sky.

6-Empire State Building

7 | The Süleymaniye Mosque presides over Istanbul like the sultan its named for, Süleyman the Magnificent.

7-Sleymaniye Mosque

8 | Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential masterpiece Fallingwater is nestled in Stewart Township, Pennsylvania.

8-Falling Water

9 | Construction started on la Sagrada Família in Barcelona in 1882. While surreally breathtaking, the cathedral is still being built.

9-Cathedral Barcelona

10 | The Dancing House in Prague was originally known as ‘Fred and Ginger’ for the way it resembles Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they burn down a dance floor.

10-Dancing House

11 | Notice the incredible harmony between the Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and the ‘Muromachi’-style garden surrounding it.

11-Golden Temple, Tokyo

12 | The Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria, is named for the hippie-genius who designed it: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser.


13 | Everybody in Beijing has a special name for the CCTV Headquarters: ‘big boxer shorts.’

13-CCTV Headquarters

14 | Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan is perched 10,000 feet above sea level.

14-Tigers Nest Monastery

15 | Contrary to what you might think, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro is not, in fact, a spaceship.

15-Museum of Contemporary Art

16 | The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is the center of the Sikh religious tradition.

16-Golden Temple, India

17 | The Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali, is the largest mud structure in the world.

17-The Great Masjid, Djenne Mali

18 | Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Farnsworth House near Plano, Illinois, is the epitome of Modernist elegance.

18-Farnsworth House

19 | Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France, is as rugged as it is beautiful.

19-Mont St Michel

20 | The Bradbury Building is the oldest landmarked building in Los Angeles, constructed back in 1893.

20-The Bradbury Building

21 | The Great Pyramid of Giza (center) in Egypt is the elder statesman of great buildings. Egyptologists estimate it was built between 2560–2540 BC.

21-The Great Pyramids of Gaza

Photos Via Business Insider

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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