Modern architectural miracles

We all admire the huge and luxurious castles and churches from the medieval times or ancient architectural wonders, but only few people are aware of masterpieces of modern architecture. World is full of amazing and unique ideas that is created by greatest architects of our time. Here is a list of the most incredible modern architectural miracles.

The first one is Cobra Tower in Kuwait. This concept is created by architect firm CDI Gulf International. The Tower is rotating, so it gives spiral effect. This project was started in 2008 and everyone was amazed of it. However, this tower is also being criticized a lot, because of lack of functionality. People doubt this project a lot, because it is created only to look good, not to actually be used as a building. Despite all of that, design is wonderful and unique.

Museum of Performance and Design in San Francisco is another great admirable design. This design of it was inspired form plain paper that is partly folded. It seems very simple, but putting this motive into architecture is just genius. Beside the original construction itself, this building also is equipped with projectors that makes it really unique. It creates illusion of changing the color and even allows to project realistic pictures on it.

Orbis apartments in Melbourne is one of the most iconic residential building in the world. It is so special because of its unique form. It looks almost unreal, because its design is inspired of surrealist painting. Facade of this building is malformed, but it looks really good. However, also this building is being criticized because of safety problems and functionality problems.

Cadaques and Dali house in Catalonia is also architecturally interesting project, just like the artist itself. Although the building itself is quite casual, it is supplemented with very unique element – huge white egg on top of the roof. It is not architecturally complicated design. It is very simple, but people loves it. Many tourists visits this pace just to look at this huge egg.

The last one in this list is Integral Iluminación Commercial Building in Guayaquil. It is transparent building created as a figure with with many facets. Also it is supplemented with interesting illuminations. It looks especially beautiful at nights, but the design is very complicated and specialized that it is also worth too see it at daytime.

These are just few of the incredible architectural masterpieces created within this century that shows the infinite creativity of modern humans mind. That means there are still some architectural wonders created. Even more, nowadays, thanks to modern building technologies, it is possible to make every designers dream come true. Huge castles and churches that we consider as irreplaceable as cultural heritage are not the only buildings that diverse to be admired.


Examples of successful landscape architecture

We can see landscape architecture all around us, but there are some very unique and successful works made by the best landscape architects. Those are very creative and at the same time technically correct artworks that look really incredible and at the same time they show the diversity of landscape architecture.

Let’s start with very famous work – The garden of Louis XIV in Versailles, France. It is one of the most popular gardens in the whole world. It was created for king of France Louis XIV. The architect who designed it was Andre Le Notre. It is typical work of landscape architect – huge garden with symmetrical sand paths that goes through perfectly shaped and decorated lawn and cropped bushes and trees. Of course, this one is very extensive work that has also historical value and it shouldn’t be called typical.

Next one is Columbus Circle. It is named after famous explorer Christopher Columbus. Actually it a simple traffic circle located in Manhattan, USA. It is special because of two reasons – it is located exactly in the center of the New York, or at least all the measurements are made by it and it has very interesting architecture. The designer of it is William Eno, who is not even an architect. He is a businessman who pioneered many early innovations in road safety and traffic control. However, this project has won many awards. This circle is decorated with many fountains, trees, sculptures and monument right at the middle. This composition together makes the feeling that it’s a centre of the whole universe.

Then we should mention the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia, made by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and his partners. It is a collection of endangered tree species. These trees come from all over the world, so it is also technically very complicated work. This project has not only aesthetical value, but also environmental. It brings attention to such problems as loss of biodiversity and sustainability. It is possible to visit this arboretum and admire all the tree species that are almost extinct. This project has won many awards not only for architecture itself, but also for the care of environment.

Next one in this list is Zen Garden in Kyoto, Japan. This garden is designed by Chisao Shigemori. Those who are familiar with landscape architecture might have heard this surname before, because also his grandfather Meri Shigemori was very famous landscape architect. Chisao Shigemori has many successful projects, but this is the most unique one. It is typical Japanese rock garden with small miniature tees, small rivers, rocks and sends, but it is has some untypical forms and elements in it. It is symmetric and harmonic.

The last one is park in New York, USA, created by Diller Scofido Renfro. It is a small park in the city that contains of simple grass and trees, but the uniqueness of it hides in the idea. In this project the main idea is to bring little vegetation in the big city of New York. That is exactly what it does.

Those are only some randomly picked examples, but there are so many good projects of the landscape architecture. In some the main aspect is the idea, in some the aesthetical value and in some the technical performance, but these projects really makes the everyday life a little bit more beautiful.