Humans have been shaping the soil since the very dawn of their existence. From mud walls to steel floors, we’ve come up with a variety of ways to shelter ourselves and to give praise to those we see as our higher power. Nowhere is this more evident than the abundant amount of buildings scattered across the globe. They are a symbol of progress, sacrifice, and innovation.
These 71 slides will show you just how far we’ve come in the world of architecture when it comes to creating some of the most jaw-dropping structures ever conceived. Get ready to be amazed by these insanely gratifying buildings from all over the planet!
1) Glasgow Evangelical Church, 1878-80
The Italianate style is incorporated in the structure of this simplistically lavish chapel. Nothing too flashy. The most impressive part might be how congruent the building is given its size. Also, the dome is not too bad of an eye-candy either.
2) Brickell’s Modern Office Building Architecture
Modern times call for modern buildings. In the state of sunshine and beaches, this modern marvel stands tall to absorb all the tropic splendor. Just your basic skyscraper trying to fit in with the rest of the downtown lineup.
3) Tempio Meggiore Di Roma synagogue in Rome, Italy
A beautiful sight to behold. The many complexities of this building show just how serious the craftmanship of architecture is taken. Not a single column, fence, or wall is taken for granted.
4) Japanese Tea House
Stop by for some relaxing tea in this little cozy spot. Take a gander at the beautiful nature surrounding the ordaned edifice and don’t worry about the time: let it all go when you’re having fun in this cute Japanese tea house. It will guarantee to revitalize your soul from the soles of your feet to the top of your head!
5) The Atlas Building – Columbus, Ohio
A building usually signifies technological advances and a wealth of resources. These type of buildings began to take place in the New World to signify colonial advancements in modern architecture. Given the fact we still have them today, the design deserves grand respect among any designer that seeks inspiration.
6) Wall House 2, designed by architect John Hejduk in 1973 and built in 2001 in Groningen, Netherlands
Well this one is a bit odd. The design can throw you off at first, but upon a closer look, it’s not too shabby! The aesthetic is not very vibrant, but it doesn’t have to be to show a bit of creativity.
7) Into The Future We Go
This looks like it was taken out of a scene of Star Trek. The futuristic vibes in this room are truly overwhelming. Whoever made this is really a fan of circles and the color white.
8) Orléans Cathedral, late gothic, begun in 1601, completed in 1829
Nothing feels more gothic than some actual gothic cathedrals. While it may not rank amongst the best in the world, this gothic cathedral is still elaborately crafted to demand a focused gaze. What always seems to jump out at you is the incredible amount of detail in every pattern and wall design.
9) Jubilee Jerusalem synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic
If you’re going to give thanks to the higher power, you might as well do it in a heaven-like setting. This synagogue is truly magnificent when you look at all the colors coalescing in this image. They really outdid themselves with this one!
10) Impossible Architectures: The Works of Filip Dujardin
This optical illusion of a building is either something out of someone’s insane mind or someone really made a mess of things. Either way, this jigsaw puzzle of a building looks like a labyrinth made for mental patients. All kidding aside, I hope they made a map to get around this place since it looks like it can be a bit difficult to traverse it.
11) Szeged synagogue in Hungary
The dome ceiling is truly a celestial spectacle to see. It almost looks like a cosmic gate into the galaxy from where this image was taken. These architects sure do know how to create shock and awe with all their wonderfully talented projects.
12) City of Bath in Somerset, England
This pleasantly looking sight is brought to you by the illustrious architects that fear no restriction. The greenery of the field is amplified by the wide space given by the buildings that circulate around. One can only really respect the craftmanship once they are there seeing it for themself.
13) Arc, a mixed-use tower in Sydney, Australia, designed by Koichi Takada Architects in 2013
A typical building needs its walls and windows. This one includes that and a bit of a mix-up with its arched design by the bottom. Even in Australia do we concentrate on making sure humans can appreciate the beauty of a concrete jungle.
14) Marmara University Dome in Istanbul, Turkey
The Dome is organized in an unorthodox manner. Various geometric shapes outline the dome, thus giving it an edgy appeal. The clean colors of white, blue, and orange really mesh together well and complement the disorderly structure of the dome.
15) Ø House in Sydney, Australia
A very simple concept when you look at it. This round, pantheon-esque building is a modern revival of a greek classic. It’s got the clean, modern surface and the shape of a more archetypal style of construction.
16) This beautifully styled well in Geertruidenberg, The Netherlands built in 1767.
Just because it doesn’t have walls or windows doesn’t mean we can’t admire architecture for the beauty that it is. This well is an example of how the level of detail in the past was unrivalled for nearly every facet of the arts. Those who paved the way must’ve known we would revel in their clever ideas to push the envelope in creativity.
17) 1970s brutalist buildings in Serbia photographed by Mirko Nahmijas
Well, what do we have here? Excuse us as we take a minute to digest what we’re exactly looking at here. The hallways in this building must be something out of a Stephen King novel the way those rooms jut out of the main structure that way.
18) Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
No matter what part of the world you’re in, there’s always something pretty to look at. Even this captivating structure has many feelings and ideas that are invoked by simply looking at it. There really is no end to the almost infinite amount of places that hold awesome buildings like this.
19) Qasr Al Watan palace in Abu Dhabi
Resources are a great incentive for creating some of the most prestigious projects in the world. In the land of Abu Dhabi, those resources can manifest themselves into insanely gorgeous creations such as the Qasr Al Watan palace. The level of symmetry is immaculate when you look at it from a distance. How was such a thing possible to create?
20) Taste the Rainbow
This sweet room makes you feel like you’re happily trapped in Carnival land forever. The array of bright colors is suitable for any child out there willing to spend time in the room. It’s great for having a sleepover with your friends since it provides ample space and even some accessory beds for anyone trying to crash that night.
21) Tsinghua Ocean Center, Shenzhen, China, designed by OPEN Architecture in 2016
Things start to get a little weird with this one. There’s nothing wrong with weird, but it is a bit eye catching when things start to look like a Tim Allen movie in real life. The open concept isn’t for everyone, but we’re glad at least some people aren’t shy about promoting it for those who don’t mind.
22) Warsaw University of Technology
Take a gander at this marvel of building. The glass ceiling is expertly made to allow for the clear skys to pain it’s backdrop while a solar-fused design makes way as its focal point. The sheer space of the inside really expand on the size of the locale and can even create a soothing experience when admiring the ceiling for the true beauty that it is.
23) Well Court, Designed As Model Housing For Local Workers And Finished In 1886 In Dean Village, Edinburgh, Scotland
There’s no doubt that Europe has some of the most breathtaking architectural achievements in the modern era. This well court is an exceptional example of the detail and finesse used to account for the space, design, and comfortability of those dwelling in it. Credit to those architects that take their work seriously for the benefit of others.
24) Wedekindhaus, A Half-Timbered Renaissance Style House
This old-style house has had its share of history. Back in 1598, it was originally built by the merchant Hans Storre. Later, the building was completely demolished during a WWII air raid and suffered for many years. Finally, it was rebuilt around the 1980s and now serves as a monument to the historical result of war as well as a mark of architectural ingenuity.
25) Museum Of Coastal Geomorphology In Vancouver
Really? You mean to tell me this a museum where you can go and study the morphology of rocks? Count us in!
26) Apartment Building In Singapore
Singapore is one of the most unique places on planet Earth. What’s even more surprising is the advanced level of architectural projects currently taking place in the city. Many of those who have the pleasure of experiencing such home commodities have yet to say anything bad about it.
27) Art Nouveau Doorway
This doorway is simply awe-strucking. It’s not your ordinary doorway and that’s why we are obsessing over it. It really does make you think about what was going on in that person’s head when they decided to make this lovely piece.
28) Les Espaces D’abraxas, Noisy-Le-Grand, France
Many questions come to mind the more you look at this. Why is their grass on the ceiling? What courtyard is this supposed to be? It all seems to go away once you learn to just appreciate it for what it is and that one day you might be able to set foot here and see for yourself. Maybe then some questions may get answered.
29) 19th Century Double-Gallery House In New Orleans, Louisiana
No school like the old-school they say. This southern, clean, and spacious domecile is nestled in the crux of the willow trees of Louisiana. Lucky are those who have this as their home!
30) Hotel In The City Of Quebec, Canada
This gigantic palace is something out of a Dracula film. We’re wondering if there are any vampires that dwell here given the immense size and red paint of the walls. Regardless, kudos to the team who built this ga
31) The National Shrine you’ve never seen before
in Seoul, South Korea
32) Trinity College, Geology Building, Dublin
Wonderous, large, and fascinating. All the great traits that accompany a well made structure. I have a feeling there’s more than just geology that needs to be studied in this place.
33) Setenil De Las Bodegas In Cadiz, Spain
Don’t worry the rocks won’t collapse. It may seem a bit scary at first, but walking through is a delight that locals from this area take pleasure in. Be sure to grab a shopping bag and get the pastries that are on sale!
34) Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany
Castles were never out of fashion. When you witness one like this, then you would start questionining why in the world did we stop making them! All we can do is appreciate the ones that are left.
35) Bucktown, Chicago / USA
No, we’re not in the East. This is actually an oriental structure made in Chicago, Illinois to highlight the great culture resonating within the area. It’s vibrant and traditional in a way that can only be made in the USA.
36) Mr Thomas’s Chop House. Manchester. Mills And Murgatroyd. 1901
Build more than a century ago and it’s still looking as lavish as before. The style is brimming with the combination of old and new and even in between. The story of architecture is the story of people, and this one is no exception.
37) Neo-Gothic House In Budapest Circa 1894
This is something out of the Beauty and the Beast. Either that or any section of Hogwarts really. The symmetrical style of each floor give it a really clean aesthetic that is synonymous with the detail of antiquity.
38) The Entrance To A Nightclub In Seoul, South Korea Designed By Mdrdv
Talk about a doorway into Wonderland. Not sure what inspired this one, but it looks eerily delicious. Wherever this path takes you, let’s hope it’s as entrancing as this entrance.
39) The Stunning Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan
This building is simply beautiful. There’s really no other way to describe it. The lush colors all come together and draw your eyes closer like the sweet shine of a tender basket of strawberries.