The largest tropical garden in Singapore is a spectacular development designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and landscape architects Grant Associates. The Gardens by the Bay has been designed as a series of distinct ecosystems which consists of three waterfront gardens — Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England required the construction of a mini-city within a city. The compact design allows most of the sporting venues and the athletes’ village to be within walking distance of one another.
The Olympic Athletes’ Village comprises of 11 apartment blocks with 2,818 apartments to accommodate the 16,000 athletes and officials who stay there during the Games.
After the Olympics, the apartments will provide affordable housing for Londoners.
The original concept of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was designed to serve as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
This elegant hotel modeled on traditional palaces and Arabian architecture is situated within 213,500 square meters (52 acres) of exquisitely landscaped gardens with native palms, olive trees from Lebanon and water fountains, creating an oasis in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei is a stunning Royal Islamic Mosque located in the capital city Bandar Seri Begawan.
The building merges Mughal architecture with Italian styles, and is an example of modern Islamic architecture. Situated in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River, a stone ceremonial barge is prominently displayed in front of the mosque.
The Dancing Building or Dancing House in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, is a non-traditional and unique piece of architecture. The nickname Dancing Building or Fred and Ginger, given to the Nationale-Nederlanden Building, reflects the shape of the building which resembles a pair of dancer. The unusual architecture was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Initiated by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque’s architectural design is a blend of Moroccan and traditional Turkish with many global features.
Designed by architect Piet Blom, these unusual looking residential Cube Houses located on Overblaak Street in Rotterdam in The Netherlands are based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”. The houses are tilted 45 degrees in a hexagon-shaped pylon. There are 38 small cubes with two super-cubes all connected together. One owner decided to open a “show cube” due to the curiosity of passers-by making this something of a tourist attraction. A Dutch hostel chain Stayokay converted the larger cubes into a hostel.
The Community Bookself is an intriguing piece of architecture at the Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri resembling a book shelf. This striking façade, which runs along the south wall of the Central Library, features book spines measuring 25 feet by 9 feet, and showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests suggested by readers.