In terms of structures and architectural influences, the world is a diverse and exciting place. This should come as no surprise, especially when you consider the amount of money that is invested in the global property market on an annual basis. The UK’s capital London is playing a central role in this market at present, as a strong British pound continues to drive overseas property investment and bring creative visions to life.
5 of the Most Striking Structures from around the World
Although new structures are continually added to famous skylines across the globe, here are five of our favourite and most striking buildings: -
1. The One World Trade Centre, New York
Undoubtedly one of the most meaningful buildings in the Western hemisphere, the One World Trade Centre is the latest addition to New York’s famous skyline. Construction began in 2006 and took seven years to complete, with the resulting structure officially recognised as the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world. It stands at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall (which correlates with the year of the U.S. Declaration of Independence) and sits adjacent to the emotive 9/11 memorial.
2. St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
From one iconic city to another, we arrive at the iconic and aesthetically beautiful St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Designed by the famous British architect Sir Christopher Wren, this structure sits at the pinnace of the Ludgate Hill and therefore rises from the highest point of this bustling metropolis. With a dome measuring 112 metres high, this structure was built in the 17th century and remains iconic to this day.
3. The White House, Washington
We doubt any list of this type would be complete without Washington’s White House, whether you consider its visual appeal, history or sense of importance. Actually designed by an Irish architect James Hoban, this lavish structure took just eight years to build and is made from white-painted Aquia sandstone. This only adds to its unique appeal and certainly adds an interesting dimension in terms of design.
4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa
A miracle of engineering, the Leaning Tower of Pisa earns worthy repute as one of the world’s most fascinating and unusual structures. While restoration work carried out in 2001 means that the building now currently leans at less than 4 degrees, its prominent tilt first emerged during construction in 1173 after the soft ground underneath one side was unable to hold the weight of the structure. Even with further restoration, it is predicted that the tower will collapse during the next 75 to 100 years.
5. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
Almost Disney-esque in its design, this unique cathedral is often overlooked in the pantheon of great or unusual structures. Designed by the famous architect Postnik Yakolev, this candy-coloured building is Moscow’s most popular tourist attraction and has emerged as a famous landmark. Built between 1554 and 1560, its most famous feature is its shape which resembles a bonfire flame soaring into the sky.