There is art in architecture. Not every building is intricately and radically designed. In fact, most of them are merely rectangular boxes with utilitarian design. Some though, stand out because of the sheer expressiveness shown by the architect who designed them even as they too prove that they’re strong enough to withstand the forces of nature.
Check out some of these buildings that will definitely leave you in awe.
|Capital Building Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
1. Capital Gate, United Arab Emirates
When traveling to Abu Dhabi, UAE, you won’t fail to spot this odd, 160-meter-tall building that looks like the wind from the last sandstorm blew it askew. It is the Capital Gate building that was built in 2007.
|WoZoCo Apartments Amsterdam, Netherlands / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
2. WoZoCo Apartments, Amsterdam
The 100 units in this building more popularly known as “Oklahoma” are used by the elderly, most of which are probably pensioners in the country. What makes it hard to look at is the extension at one side of the building that is only being held by a set of pillars.
|Meteroa Monasteries, Greece / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
3. Meteora Monasteries, Greece
This UNESCO World Heritage site is an iconic destination in Greece today, holding six of the original monasteries from the 11th century. It’s not only frightening because of how these monasteries are standing on a sheer cliff, but also because of the possibility of the ground collapsing at some point that will bring the whole structure down.
|Hanging Temple, China / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
4. Hanging Temple, China
Much like the Meteora Monasteries, the 1,400-year-old Hanging Temple in China is also a cultural heritage that is built on the face of Mount Heng in Shanxi, 246 feet up in the air.
|Takasugi-san, Japan / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
5. Takasugi-an, Japan
Unlike the other entries on the list, this small tea house standing at the top of two chestnut trees with only branches to support it and act as its foundation is meant for personal use. One question that should pop up in your head: How could you relax in a place like this?
|Puente de Europa, Spain / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
6. Puerta de Europa, Spain
Dubbed as the “Gate of Europe,” this structure looks like the weird combination of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. It certainly looks like the entrance to the realm of the gods, but you wouldn’t really want to stand underneath it, thinking they might fall on you any time.
|The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy / Photo by: Worth Seeing|
7. The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Perhaps the most visited tourist spot of all the buildings mentioned in this list, the 14,500-ton-heavy Leaning Tower of Pisa has become the way it is today due to an architectural flaw. Now, people are celebrating what made it an original failure.