Innovation in architecture over the past few years has opened the doors to some incredible new designs that are lining up amongst the most iconic skylines across the world. New construction techniques, inspired new ways of using existing building materials and other architecturally creative ideas have been helping to craft some truly stunning structures and here are just some of the best that have to be seen.
THE BASQUE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, Spain
There are many buildings these days that seem to be moving away from their traditional look, as one would expect, and that are allowing architects more freedom to create striking structures. The Basque Health Department Headquarters located in Bilbao in northern Spain is one such example that from appearances could be mistaken for a modern gallery building. However this creation from Coll-Barreu Arquitectos with its multi-angular glass façade is astonishingly eye-catching and houses nothing more than standard offices.
THE ALDAR HEADQUARTERS, United Arab Emirates
The skyline of the United Arab Emirates is already filled with impressive and dramatic towers and megacenters, which includes the incredible Aldar Headquarters found in the capital Abu Dhabi. This entirely rounded office block, made from steel and covered with glass panels, is another fine example of just how spectacular and multi-purposeful glass can be in architectural pursuits.
THE LOUVRE PYRAMID, France
It’s arguably the most iconic and well recognised glass structure in the whole world. The Louvre Pyramid serves as the main entrance into the famous museum that stands in the heart of Paris. The building is constructed from glass and metal and was created by renowned Chinese architect I. M. Pei. Although initially met with criticism it’s now become one of the best and most prominent glass structures in Europe.
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Chinese
Located in the Chinese capital Beijing is the National Grand Theatre which stands head and shoulders above other glazed architectural formations. Created by French architect Paul Andreu this incredible building which resembles a giant egg shape is constructed from both glass and titanium. The building itself can seat over 5,000 guests and serves as both a theatre and concert hall as well as an opera house. It is surrounded by an artificial lake which coupled with the glass effect bounces light beautifully around the area.
THE SPORTS AND LEISURE CENTER, France
Found in the western suburbs of France the town of Saint-Cloud features a very beautiful glass building that manages to utilise glazing as well as bold lighting effects to truly bring this lively construction to life. Like a modern take on cubism this effective design ideally reflects the theme of the building and makes great use of the inner facilities.