Architects today are boldly pushing boundaries – from totally fluid lines to audaciously designed structures that blows the mind. Coupled with ingenuity, sustainable goals, and respect for the culture
in which they work with, there are now cutting edge, spectacular designs that are shaping up to be some of the most influential structures in the world.
Foster + Partners, one of the most innovative architectural practices in the world today, have designed many of the architectural wonders such as the world’s largest airport terminal at Beijing, Swiss Re’s London Headquarters, Millau Viaduct in France, the German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin, the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt and many others.
Since its inception in 1967, the firm has received over 630 awards for excellence and won over 100 national and international competitions. Following critically acclaimed shows in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Foster + Partners recently opened their very first exhibition in Malaysia.
The ability to transcend a space and connect with the public, speaks volumes of how modern architecture is increasingly pushing technological and design boundaries. Whilst some buildings are known to be iconic in nature in the field of architecture, others realise that the architecture and design of a place is only well-deserved if it blends well with function and style. Keeping in mind these two elements, we often wonder what are the ultimate must-sees and architectural designs that warrants a second look. Could it be their fine-detailing, the stunning use of space or simply the drop dead stunning architecture?
Here are 12 grand, extraordinary and spectacular architectural creations and their stunning use of spaces under four main areas – sustainable cities, infrastructure and megastructures, skyscrapers and culture from around the globe, including Malaysia.