29+ Fascinating Structures From Around the World

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| LAST UPDATE 03/30/2022

By Amelie Durham

Bridges, tunnels, and towers are only some of the impressive infrastructures found around the world. Here's a closer look at breathtaking structures we believe are worth adding to any travel bucket list.

Cykelslangen

Our first item is a bicycle bridge located in Copenhagen, Denmark, called Cykelslangen. The pathway was constructed to connect several districts and allow cyclists to easily pass over the beautiful harbor.

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The bridge has also become famous among tourists as The Bicycle Snake and attracts cyclists from countries across the globe. Designed by Dissing+Weitling, it's over 720 feet long and stretches across the city from East to West. The bridge was officially opened to the public in 2014.

Longkamp Highway Ecoduct

This ecoduct is a highway construction located in Longkamp, Germany. Bridges of this type are built with the purpose of allowing animals to safely cross roadways and minimize vehicle-animal collisions. Not only that, but many people also appreciate the beauty these bridges add to roadways.

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Fourteen other eco-bridges similar to the one in Longkamp exist in Germany. Drivers on the road may also spot two landscape tunnels and 9 underpasses for animals. With the preservation of animals and nature being at the center of this construction, an abundance of trees covers and surrounds the road.

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Tokyo Highway Interchange

Like most of Japan's infrastructure, the Tokyo Highway Interchange provides the country's citizens with high-quality roadways. Although it looks confusing from a bird's eye view, the large, Y-shaped highway was built to easily reroute drivers in the same direction.

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The sophisticated highway has a couple of large turns, merging lanes, and overlapping ramps that we assume many locals are able to navigate with ease. But we still hope the drivers who take this road use blinkers, as the number of lanes seems to change along the interchange.

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Veluwemeer Aqueduct

This incredible invention is called the Veluwemeer Aqueduct, also nicknamed the "water bridge," and was constructed in Veluwemeer Lake in Harderwijk, Netherlands. Stretching over 82 feet of water, it allows water vehicles to travel over roads, railways, rivers, and valleys.

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This aqueduct was built over the N302 freeway in Harderwijk. It has been traveled by hundreds of thousands of land and water vehicles since it was opened in 2002. We're kind of wondering how long cars have to wait for a boat to cross before they can pass the aqueduct.

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Nature-Filled Skytrain

The theme of the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore is simply nature. Not only is it home to the world's tallest indoor waterfall, called the Rain Vortex, but it also has an indoor forest! As travelers go from one terminal to the next, they can enjoy the airport's nature-themed Skytrain along the way.

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Not only that, but any visitor can find exotic plants and trees growing around the Rain Vortex. They can catch a glimpse of these beautiful sights from the train that journeys between this airport's three terminals, hotel, gardens, and retail complex!

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Brutalist Flats

Brutalist architecture first began in the years that followed World War II in Britain. These units in Camden, London, are great examples of this style that first appeared in the 1950s. These constructions are usually built with brick or concrete and exposed materials such as steel, glass, or wood for design.

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In some people's opinion, the style of this architecture is "cold." Others, however, such as architectural critic Reyner Banham, pointed out the significance of the architecture's history. Although their popularity today remains a matter of debate, they certainly are unique in their design.

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Storseisundet Bridge

Norway's "Atlantic Road" consists of eight bridges, one of which is Storseisundet Bridge which connects the island of Averoya to the Romsdal peninsula. Construction of the bridge was completed after six years, and workers reportedly ran into several water-related problems along the way.

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Measuring 850 feet in length, this bridge has several challenging twists and turns for those who tend to get carsick. But one of the curves in the road is a bit frightening at first glance. From a certain angle near the bottom of the hill, the bridge looks as though it could send cars flying into the sky!

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Wuppertal Suspension Railway

Germany's Wuppertal Suspension Railway, originally called the Eugen Langen Monorail Overhead Conveyor System, is the world's oldest elevated electric railway with floating cars. It actually took four tries for the construction plan to finally receive approval.

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An annual report that was submitted in 2008 revealed that about 25 million passengers use the Wuppertal Suspension Railway every year - an average of 80,000 people every weekday. Traveling at an altitude of nearly 40 feet, travelers have a bird's eye view of the cities below.

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Fishway Streams

Fishway streams, which are also known as fish ladders, fishways, or fish steps, are usually found around barriers in streams, dams, and waterfalls. This infrastructure was originally created with swimmers in mind, particularly salmon. Here's how it works.

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The infrastructure's shape, which resembles a ladder, allows fish like salmon traveling between waterways to leap from one step to another. The first fishway stream was constructed in Rhode Island on the Pawtuxet Falls Dam - but has since been adapted to suit other types of flowing waters.

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Saint Petersburg Metro

The Saint Petersburg Metro Station in Russia reminds us a lot of other types of architecture in the country, with its gold and embossed pillars, chandeliers, and tile. It was originally supposed to be a shelter during WWII but soon turned into one of the world's most luxurious stations.

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Not only that, but it's also one of the world's deepest metros! With 5 separate lines extending a full 124 kilometers (77 miles), the Saint Petersburg Metro is known to welcome 72 stations, 7 transfer locations, and approximately 2 million passengers each day.

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Bhumibol Bridge

This extraordinary structure, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is also known as the Industrial Ring Road Bridge. Complete with cable stays, the highest point of the bridge is at 164 feet above the ground. According to the country's history, the bridge was named after a king.

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In 2009, it was announced that the bridge was named after King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But this royal bridge doesn't allow just anyone to cross - apparently, this exclusive structure only allows vehicles with four wheels to pass because of safety precautions.

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Atocha Train Station Botanical Garden

This gorgeous botanical garden is located within Spain's Atocha Train Station. In addition to being the first railway station in Madrid, it's the largest as well, having been constructed in 1851. It's been reconstructed many times throughout the years.

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One of these times was in 2004, after a train explosion resulted in 191 deaths and required more renovations for the bridge. After it was renovated in 2004, the gorgeous botanical garden was added in its plaza, along with a stream outside the building to symbolize the life that was lost there.

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Tasmania's Gordon Dam

This item on our list takes us across the globe to the other side of the equator to Tasmania, Australia. Measuring 650 feet long and 460 feet tall, the Gordon Dam is a large concrete barrier in the shape of a curve, and it lies within the Gordon River.

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The impressive dam has gained lots of recognition, including a title from the Engineering Heritage Recognition Program. A non-profit organization called Engineers Australia also listed Gordon Dam as a National Engineering Landmark because of its immense power.

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Beipanjiang Bridge

The Beipanjiang Bridge, also known as the Duge Bridge, is located in China, between the provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou. In 2016, the 1,850-foot bridge was reported to be the highest in the world, although another item further down on this list surpassed it.

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The bridge was given a Guinness World Record title in 2018 - but also had that taken away by another structure a few years later. Not only is the bridge considerably tall, but it's also remarkably long. This 4,400-foot direct path shortened travels between provinces from around 5 hours to just 1!

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Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

Consisting of 10,000 mirrors, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a collection of reflectors that became the first solar power plant with a central receiver tower and technology that stored energy. The mirrors that make up the structure are assembled into a spiral that spans 2 miles wide.

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The project, located near Tonopah, Nevada, features 110-megawatt power and 1.1 gigawatt-hours of power storage. But as impressive as it may seem, this structure hasn't generated solar power in many years and, unfortunately, doesn't look like it will in the future.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

The construction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge of Bristol, England, dates back centuries. The toll overpass stands at 331 feet tall and extends to approximately 1,352 feet long. Along with its beautiful brick arch, it also offers a gorgeous view of the river below.

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Over the centuries, the bridge has become a distinctive landmark in England. In fact, it is often seen on stamps and souvenirs such as postcards. And here's a fun fact - although the two towers look exactly alike, they're actually different in terms of construction!

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Circular "Garden City"

Some of the gorgeous examples of infrastructure found in Denmark are the circular village settlements - dubbed the "Garden City." Every one of its houses features a yard shaped like a pizza slice, and each yard is the same size. This likely makes giving directions to their homes a tad more challenging!

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The design of the neighborhood has us wondering how these residents navigate their way around. But in any case, we think it's safe to assume that those living in this neighborhood are probably a close-knit community. And we can't help but gaze in amazement at the image above.

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The Houtribdijk Dam

Located in the Netherlands, this incredible infrastructure was reportedly built between 1963 and 1975 and has become popularly known as The Houtribdijk Dam. Spanning an impressive 18.6 miles in length, the road connects the cities of Enkhuizen and Lelystad.

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Along the way, those who cross this path can find a pit stop at Trintelhaven, an emergency harbor that has a restaurant and a radio station. It's said that an average of 8,500 different modes of transportation travel to Houtribdijk every day. Seeing the beautiful view surrounding it, can we blame them?

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Shalu Leisure Landscape Trail

For those who are thinking this is just a typical walkway - guess again! Filled with beautiful, lush plants, the Shalu Leisure Landscape Trail is located in the underpass of a massive roadway. It's located in Taiwan and is actually a popular location for sightseeing.

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Despite the charming greenery that fills the landscaped trail, a closer look at it suggests that traveling it may be more of a sport than a recreational activity. But still, looking at the creative landscape makes us want to book a ticket to Taiwan to walk through the plant-filled path.

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Dudhsagar Falls

The Dudhsagar Falls doesn't look like something that could exist in real life. The captivating view, located in Goa, India, shows a four-tiered waterfall along with a bridge crossing. The falls, also known as the "Sea of Milk," is a must-see for those visiting the Asian country.

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The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary taxi will take tourists - as well as locals - to this beautiful natural site. Although it's a popular destination for many travelers, a taxi from the sanctuary remains the only way to view the spectacular Sea of Milk.

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The Delta Works

Located in the Netherlands is the Delta Works, widely known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It consists of 13 structures combined, which together make up the world's most famous storm surge barrier.

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Supposedly, the wall only closes when the water is expected to rise about 10 feet above average sea levels. Construction of the Delta Works was completed in 1997, nearly 40 years after it began. And the cost to finish building the project? An estimated $13 billion!

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Archipelago Lofoten

We sure hope that residents of Norway's Archipelago Lofoten have exceptional heating solutions in their homes because this area is located only 1,500 miles from the North Pole! Although they live way below freezing temperatures, at least the view from their homes is breathtaking.

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But the geographic location of this residential area means this population probably experiences intensely elevated temperature irregularities. Despite it being difficult to live in the area, biogeochemist D'Anjou explains, "There is evidence of human settlement extending back at least 11,000 years."

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The Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct, also known as the Viaduc de Millau, is a huge cable-stayed bridge that stretches across the Gorge Valley of the Tarn River. In 2020, the four-lane bridge, which rises above the clouds, was named the tallest bridge in the world, standing at 1,104 feet.

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Construction of the Millau Viaduct cost an estimated $424 million, winning it an additional first-rate award. In 2006, the structure was granted the Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

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Tuned Mass Damper

The Tuned Mass Damper, pictured below, has also been called a Harmonic Absorber throughout its history. Ever since it was invented, the silencer has made its way into several large spaces, including the Taipei 101 Skyscraper. In buildings like this, the damper reduces the effects of mechanical vibrations in the space.

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Installing these advanced infrastructures can help to prevent distress, damage, or massive structural malfunction within buildings. While this tool is used inside skyscrapers, there are other types of mass dampers that can be seen in power transmission plants and large vehicles.

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Normandy Bridge

The Normandy Bridge, known in its native French as Pont de Normandie, is located in France and extends over the Seine River - spanning 7,032 feet long. From the bridge, travelers can see the last part of the river that ultimately leads to the ocean. 

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On the bridge is a small path designed for travelers on foot, along with blue signs that indicate where pedestrians can find walkways. Although it looks like it may be a tiring road to travel on foot, the design of the bridge is very captivating, thanks to the work of architect Michel Virlogeux.

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The Sart Canal Bridge

After undergoing a four-year construction process from 1998 to 2002, the Sart Canal Bridge in Belgium began fully operating. The bridge’s official operations website reports that it measures 1,634 feet in length, and is able to hold 80,000 tons of water.

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The Sart Canal Bridge boasts a jaw-dropping price tag of $293,202,960 and is known in architecture as a Side Girder Bridge. It was built using impressive materials such as reinforced and prestressed concrete, making it an incredible and stunning creation.

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Tromsøysund Tunnel

A special structure, known as the Tromsøysund Tunnel, is located in Norway and functions as a roundabout. But make no mistake - it’s not a typical structure of its kind: it lies beneath sea level and is located in Rogaland County, within the municipalities of Karmøy and Tysvær.

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The structure consists of two tubes linked by 15 service tunnels and usually has heavy traffic. Being below sea level, the lowest point in the tunnel is 335 feet deep! This very extraordinary Norwegian structure connects the island to the main suburbs.

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Holland's Heated Roads

We were surprised to know there’s a town in Michigan called Holland. We were even more amazed to know that the area can melt an inch of snowfall in a single hour, even when temperatures outside measure as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit! And for those looking for an explanation, we have it right here.

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Few people may know this, but the way the streets and sidewalks of Holland, Michigan, are constructed actually gives them the ability to melt snow and ice. This system uses wastewater from a nearby powerplant, which runs through plastic pipes under the pavement, heating the surface.

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Ecological Highway Bridge

The ecological highway bridge that spans the Izmir-Cesme Highway is located in Turkey, between the two cities of Alacati and Zaytinler. The bridge offers another way for wildlife to safely get to the other side of the road. But the structure is more sophisticated than it looks.

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Since the bridge was added over the wide highway with multiple lanes, there have been a lot less animal-vehicle collisions on the road. Not only that, but it’s also an eco-friendly way for multiple species to be able to safely travel in this nature-filled area.

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Cactus Cell Phone Tower

Tucson, Arizona, is one of the many places throughout the world that has cell phone towers in its deserts. But these towers are a bit different than normal. Instead of placing large metal towers standing in the middle of the vast dryland, companies found that 20-foot-tall fake cacti are better suited for deserts.

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Cell phone towers designed to look like giant cacti fill the desert areas of Arizona. Similarly, the state of Florida has implemented the same idea, but instead with palm trees towering over the roofs of homes. Whether in foreign countries or in our own hometowns, these structures are certainly magnificent to look at.

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Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge connects the province of New Brunswick in the eastern part of Canada to Prince Edward Island. Before the eight-mile bridge was built, travelers would have to use the year-round ferry service to get from one to the other - but all that changed in the 1980s.

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More than 5,000 laborers worked on the construction of the bridge for years. When it was finally finished, it was opened to the public on May 31, 1997. Today, it's still one of the country's most remarkable examples of infrastructure and signifies the unification of Canada from coast to coast.

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Habitat 67

Our next item is another beautiful structure in Canada but is located further west, in Montréal. This peculiar building, known as Habitat 67, became one of the country's most prestigious constructions of the 20th century and brought some fame to the name of the architect who built it.

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The design of the structure was Mosha Safdie's concept for his master's thesis at Montréal University - and was later given the green light by the country to proceed with its construction. It was built in honor of the World's Fair in Montréal in 1967 and was sold in 1986 for $7 million, according to The New York Times

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Lucky Knot Bridge

The Lucky Knot Bridge - also referred to as the Knot Bridge or Knot Footbridge - is located in the Dragon King Harbor River area of Meiki Lake District in Changsha, China. But the apparent complexity of the design was actually anything but random...

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NEXT, the architecture firm responsible for the site, revealed that the construction on the bridge began in 2016 primarily for tourists. The pedestrian-only site allows people to cross from one side of the water to another. Another fun fact about this bridge is that its design was based on traditional Chinese knotting.

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Laguna Garzón Bridge

Located in the southern end of Uruguay, in a village called Garzón, is a structure called the Laguna Garzón Bridge. The lagoon near Uruguay's coast made it difficult for vehicles to travel in the area, so an Uruguayan architect named Rafael Viñoly had the following solution.

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The architect had more than one vision in mind when he designed the bridge. Not only did the structure add a beautiful sight to the area, but it also allowed access to travelers who previously had to take the ferry - sometimes depending on the weather! The bridge also gave pedestrians a way to safely cross the region.

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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Just by looking at it, we can tell that this architectural project took a lot of work to build. Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum has a unique build and took 300 workers and over 1 million tons of concrete, according to Architect Magazine.

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The result of their hard work was this fascinating work of architecture, which attracts tourists across the world. And according to those who visit the structure, pictures don't do it justice. We guess we'll just have to take their word for it - or book a flight to Rio de Janeiro to find out for ourselves!

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Inguri Dam

Britannica reports that the Inguri Dam in western Georgia is the world's tallest arched dam. Its construction goes back to the 1980s when it was built to manage the water flow from the Caucasus Mountains to the Black Sea. Not only is its size and beauty astonishing, but it also provides benefits to the surrounding community.

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The dam, which measures nearly 900 feet tall, connects to a five-unit power plan that has the capacity to generate 1,300 megawatts of power. Not only that, but the structure contributes a good amount to the country's progress, powering approximately 40% of the country's energy.

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Lego-Brücke

The Lego-Brücke, or Lego Bridge in English, is a city bridge located in Wuppertal, in the northwestern region of Germany. And the story behind this unique piece of infrastructure may turn out to be unexpected after catching a glimpse of what the colorful bridge looks like.

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The aesthetics of the bridge were completed in 2011 by Martin Heuwold. And underneath the layers of colorful paint is an average city bridge. Heuwold repainted the bridge because Legos were his daughter's favorite toy at the time. The project won him the Deutscher Fassadenpreis Advancement Prize in 2012.

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Twin Sails Bridge

In southern England is a unique piece of city infrastructure called the Twin Sails Bridge that connects the two cities of Poole and Hamworthy. It was constructed to allow ships to pass by - and looking at its design, we can tell that its appearance was clearly inspired by these ships.

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Standing in a tall, triangular shape, the two pieces of this bridge resemble the sails on a ship. The city gained worldwide recognition for the architectural design of the bridge - but that recognition turned out to be rather expensive. Multiple sources report that it cost roughly $25.5 million.

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Guggenheim Museum

Bilboa, Spain, is home to the Guggenheim Museum, one of the world's most magnificent examples of 20th-century design. The design, conceptualized by the well-known Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, has an extraordinary exterior, all while serving the primary function it was built for.

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The area over which the building was built covers more than 250,000 square feet of space, and a significant part of that includes the curved high ceilings in its design. The building had a hefty price tag to it, which some estimations reaching approximately $89 million.

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Lotus Temple

New Delhi is home to magnificent buildings of many kinds - and one of them is the Lotus Temple. Like many other fascinating structures, it takes its inspiration from the outdoors, and in this case, it's the lotus flower. Architect Fariborz Sahba's design also meets the requirements of a Bahá'í House of Worship.

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According to these requirements, the building must have nine sides and a circular design. But Sahba decided he wasn't going to stop there - the architect used Grecian white marble to create 27 petals that were added to the building's exterior. In addition to the petals, nine ponds and a large garden surround the building.

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Beijing National Stadium

Another beautiful building inspired by nature can be found near Beijing, China - a famous stadium nicknamed the "Bird's Nest." The building's complex design, planned by Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland, was built to host the 2008 Olympics held in the capital city.

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The strands of steel were originally intended to hide the stands to support a retractable roof. But even after the plans for the building no longer included the mechanical roof, the design remained the same. Construction of the impressive building cost at least $425 million!

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Museum of Pop Culture

Those who liked the Guggenheim museum in Spain we mentioned earlier might like this next item on our list as well. Designed by the same architect, Frank Gehry is the Museum of Pop Culture located in Seattle, Washington. Here's a look at its colorful design.

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The location of Gehry's captivating cultural center marked the architect's first commercial project in the Pacific Northwest. And the final result didn't disappoint - the building covers a total of 140,000 square feet and has a footprint of 35,000,000 of the Seattle city center.

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United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

The beauty of the natural scenery that fills the state of Colorado is hard to compete with - but the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel still managed to stand out. Its website calls it the single most popular man-made attraction in The Centennial State.

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But the inclusive nature of the structure may be another contributing factor to the crowds coming to visit it. The Cadet Chapel includes worship centers devoted to Catholic and Jewish worshippers and has more recently added an all-faiths level with praying rooms for Buddhists and Muslims.

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Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus

Located in the national government district in the busy metropolis of Berlin, Germany, is the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. The building's notable design has been drawing in locals and tourists ever since it was finished back in 2003. So what makes it so unique?

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Architect Stephan Braunfels created this structure to include one-of-a-kind features. Perhaps the most notable one would be the Great Hall, which has two huge circular entrances - one of which is visible in the photo. The building was named after an influential German women's rights activist.

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Magdeburg Water Bridge

This water bridge is yet another example of Germany's fine infrastructure. Located in a city called Magdeburg, southwest of Berlin, the Magdeburg Water Bridge connects two canals, intersecting the Elbe River in its path. The bridge is currently the world's longest navigable aqueduct.

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The impressive bridge measures more than 3,000 feet long! Before the bridge was constructed, boats were forced to take a 7.4 detour in order to reach the river. But luckily, the bridge provided a solution to the problem, and boats can now travel easily down the canal. The massive project was completed in 2003.

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Philharmonie of Paris

The musical hub of the capital city of France is said to lie in Paris' Philharmonie. The giant structure is home to some of the most prestigious music halls and rehearsal studios - as well as exhibition space. The site is a relatively new addition to Paris' magnificent architecture.

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In 2006, it was announced that construction of the building would begin, and the project was completed nine years later, with the opening ceremony taking place on January 14th, 2015. Jean Nouvel, the head architect, made sure to include many details that stood out in the design pictured above.

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The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court

The famous architectural wonders of London are many. But one of the unique buildings the capital city holds is the British Museum. Architects at a firm called Foster and Partners took on a once-in-a-career opportunity to turn the Great Court into something magnificent.

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The two architects reimagined the huge space, adding a curved glass ceiling with the Reading Room placed in the center. Since the redesigned Great Court was opened to the public in 2000, it has seen an influx of visitors, reaching over 113 million people!

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

A third mention of the architect Frank Gehry on this list pretty much tells us all we need to know about his creative talents. This architect was the mastermind behind what we now know as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, also known as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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In keeping with Gehry's innovative approach to design, the building's unique and modern concept fits in perfectly with the architectural details that make up the city of Los Angeles. And like other buildings in L.A., the Concert Hall wasn't cheap - the materials used to construct it cost roughly $130 million dollars.

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Chemosphere

Anyone who knows Los Angeles architecture probably isn't surprised to see this entry on the list. The Chemosphere is such an incredible construction that it was recognized as a Historic-Cultural Monument back in 2004. Not only that, but in 2008, it also earned a place on the Los Angeles Times list of top 10 houses in the city.

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The design of the structure, which is shaped like a flying saucer, began as an experiment in the 1960s by John Lautner. But just a few years later, Lautner and his family sold the property in the 1970s. After that, the building was eventually bought by a German publishing businessman Benedikt Taschen.

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Soumaya Museum

Tourists and locals can find the Soumaya Museum in Nuevo Polanco in the northwestern parts of Mexico City. Fernando Romero was the mastermind behind the design of the curved building, which was opened to the public more than a decade ago. And the beautiful sights to see aren't only on the inside of this gallery.

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The exterior of the building is itself a masterpiece, covered by 16,000 hexagonal tiles. Every year, the gallery gets more than 1 million visits, making it the most popular museum in all of Mexico. Nearly 66,000 works from 30 different countries are displayed in the gallery, making it worth the $70 million cost to build it!

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Lakhta Tower

The Lakhta Tower is one of those architectural designs that stand out - literally - among other buildings. Just have a look at the building located in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg, looking over the Baltic Sea. It has been the most prominent building on the skylines since it was completed in 2018.

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Not only is it the tallest building in Russia, but it's also the tallest building in Europe and the sixteenth-tallest in the world! It has even been making history before its completion, with Guinness World Records reporting that its concrete base was the longest pouring of a slab.

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Bahá'í Temple

Another Bahá'í temple to make this list is the one in Santiago, Chile. The official name of the site is the Templo Bahá'í de Sudamérica, and it's located right in the nation's capital. Construction of this uniquely-designed building was completed in October of 2016.

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Siamak Hariri, the architect who designed the building, had a vision for something special that still adhered to the rules of a Bahá'í temple. The Templo Bahá'í de Sudamérica has nine walls, each of which emulating sails of a ship. The gorgeous Chilean building can fit 600 people!

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The Congress Hall

The Congress Hall, or as it's known in its native German, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, had historical significance in the 20th century. Plans for its construction began in 1955 under architect Hugh Stubbins, who began working on the design during the Cold War.

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The structure was intended to feature the innovative design of western architects during Berlin's 1957 INTERBAU building exhibition. The roof of the building, from the angle shown in the picture, emulates the wings of a flying bird, which was said to symbolize the freedom of the West.

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Bosjes Chapel

The Bosjes Chapel can be found on the Bosjes Wine Farm in Wellington, South Africa, and has a roof with a unique structure unlike any other in the small town. It was designed by Steyn Studio with the purpose of imitating the scenic beauty of the mountains seen in the distance of the town.

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The structure, which holds the winery's spiritual center, is widely admired for its intricate and effortless design. It has won many accolades, which it boasts on its website, including Cape Institute's Architecture Award and Archilovers Best Project.

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Alamillo Bridge

One of the many beautiful sights to see in Seville, Spain, is this bridge that resembles a harp. It crosses the Canal de Alfonso XIII and connects to La Cartuja - an area of land that lies between the canal and the Guadalquivir River. The gorgeous bridge was built for Expo 92, which took place on nearby farms.

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Santiago Calatrava, the architect who designed the bridge, began to see its implementation when construction began in 1989, but the structure was reportedly based on the Running Torso - an earlier sculpture he designed. The bridge, which is more than 650 feet long, has gained a lot of praise for its design.

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