Five Best Architectural Inspirations from All around the World

Apart from thousands of equally looking buildings in stone jungles of modern megalopolises, one can also find real works of building art from time to time. In this review, we are going to show you some unusual examples of architectural masterpieces that are truly inspiring.

Cubic houses

Cubic houses (Kubuswoningen) in Rotterdam are well known around the world due to their peculiar and bright design. They were designed and built according to the project of the Dutch architect Piet Blom in 1984.

Cubic houses

What is Kubuswoningen? Following his imagination, Blom turned an ordinary cube by 45 degrees and placed it on one of the corners of the hexagon. According to the architect, the design of a separate building should resemble a tree, and the complex as a whole, consisting of 38 houses, should look like a real forest. Blom's idea was to create a kind of village in the big city, a quiet oasis. Courtyards inside the complex are really quiet and pretty.
From the gallery of the Kubuswoningen complex, you have a beautiful view of the Old Harbor of Rotterdam, with numerous café terraces where one can enjoy a quiet day.

The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum


The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was opened in 1997. The construction of this amazing building was made possible thanks to the project of the American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry.
This titan-shaped phenomenon turned the world's notions of architecture and art museums. Today, the shiny hilly museum no longer looks so shocking as it once was, but it still embodies certain ideas of the late 20th century - an exciting mix of formal complexity and high art.
The founder and leading representative of the international style in American architecture of the mid-20th century Philip Johnson called the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao "the greatest building of our time."

Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace



Named after Catherine I of Russia, the wife of Peter the Great, this 18th-century palace with a characteristic blue facade was built mostly due to her daughter, Empress Elizabeth. While most visitors come to see the Amber Room, a modern reproduction of the long lost and once luxuriously decorated room, there are still many other interesting features to see. For example, the palace wing, designed by Catherine II favorite architect Charles Cameron. In winter you can ride around the palace on a horse-drawn sleigh. Besides, it’s the best place for a wedding photo shoot if you’re marrying a Russian woman in St Petersburg.

One Central Park

One Central Park



In 2014, architect Jean Nouvel, together with the engineer and botanist Patrick Blanc, created the highest vertical garden in the world. Their approach is a way to humanize the environment and even take a peek into the future.
To create a garden a hundred meters high, 360 species of plants, resistant to strong winds, were used. On the roof of the building, there are heliostats, and the atrium of the skyscraper and the parts of the facade that are closed from the sun are illuminated by three hundred mirrors mounted on a massive console.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named the building the best skyscraper in 2014.

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation


The creation of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, a private museum of contemporary art, cost the billionaire and the richest man in France Bernard Arnault 150 million dollars and lasted for eight years. When designing curved forms of the museum, the architect Frank Gehry had to apply software used in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Inside the building, covered with a dozen glass plates, there are 11 rooms, in which works of contemporary artists from the Arnault’s collection are exhibited. But only one-third of the total space is used for exhibitions, the rest of the museum is a hall for 350 seats and public areas, including a café and a bookstore.


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