Architecture has always been a fundamental expression of cultural and social growth. In modern times innovative building designs along with new material give us infinite potential when it comes to art.

Combining old and new art forms, here is the list of some of the unique architectural designs around the world that will leave you awe-struck:

Burj Khalifa

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Towering a dizzying 2,717 feet above the land, this magnificent superpower is crowned as the tallest structure in the world. It has 162 floors containing restaurants, offices, residences, an Armani hotel, and an observation deck.

The strength of its architecture touts not only from its awe-inspiring verticality but also from the sleek silhouette.

Embraced in a glass curtain wall with steel mullions that captures the Arabian sun, this building narrows gradually from its Y-shaped base, with setback finishing in a 700-foot spire.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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Side-by-side illustrative conformist of glass and steel newscaster this cutting-edge botanic garden in Singapore’s booming Marina Bay district.

Reigned as the 2012 building of the year by the World Architecture Festival, the Wilkinson Eyre- designed constructions represent different climates, one dry, the other humid, avowing for a various attraction such as a flower paddock and a murky mountain forest

Linked Hybrid, Beijing

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Compiled together with eight connected towers, this mixed-use multipart replicated an attractive vision for 21st-century modern development.

To fight the isolation that is often associated with luxury suburban buildings and gated societies, the architects positioned wide, open passages at the ground level, escorting pedestrians into a series of public space that has garden, restaurants, schools, and shops.

Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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This one of a kind structure is the tallest in the city. The CapitalGate also has the Guinness Book of World Record of the ‘world’s furthest leaning man-made tower’.

The building slants 18 degrees, four times further than the leaning tower of Pisa.

The Piano House, Anhui, China

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The name says it all; the building is shaped like a giant piano along with a grand glass violin for a doorway. The open top of the piano works as a canopy for the home’s roof terrace.

Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweden

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Turning Torso is the tallest residential construction in all of Sweden, it is designed by Santiago Calatrava. From the foot to the peak the building twists a complete 90-degrees.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku, Azerbaijan

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Designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, this not so old construction has been crowned as a real-world accomplishment of the principles behind the Mobius Strip.

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives, France

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This construction, situated in southeastern France, was designed by Ferdinand Cheval, the town’s postman.

Although Cheval was not a famous architect, in fact, he was a poor man, but his work was recognized by renowned figures of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso and Anais Nin.

Krzywy Domek, Sopot, Poland

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Despite its appearance, Sopot’s Krzywy Domek is a typical office building. The building is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the tri-city region surrounding Sopot, Gdynia, and Gdansk.

Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

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The city’s attempt to construct a daunting hotel as a symbol of their power has gone out of kilter, with Ryugyong Hotel still vacant and incomplete after over 25 years of construction.

Kansas City Library, Kansas City, USA

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The Kansas City Library has a unique “Community Bookshelf” wall on the outside that is designed to display the spines of 22 books suggested by the people of Kansas City.

Longaberger Headquarters, Newark, USA

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Because of its business of selling baskets and other accessories, the Longaberger company headquarters is shaped like a giant wooden basket. In fact, the handles on top are heated to prevent ice forming and causing damage or injury to the rest of the construction and the employees.

Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, Netherland

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The house is created on top of a pedestrian bridge. The main idea behind this building is to create a forest of cubes so that each cube symbolizes an abstract tree.

Each cube is slanted and positioned in a hexagon-shaped pole structure. The cubes have the living areas which are divided into three levels. The lower level shaped like a triangle contains the living area.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

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Towering at 17 meters above the land, the Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the structure which embraced the title of the world’s tallest building from 1998-2004 is a striking landmark of the city.

Lloyds Building, London

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This building looks like it belongs to some sci-fi movie instead of Lime Street in London. Also known as the inside-out building, it is an iconic architectural construction and one of the most famous buildings on the London skyline. The brain behind this award-winning building is Richard Rogers.

Space Needle, Seattle

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This iconic Seattle building was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair. The renowned landmark towers at 184m high and 42m wide. It was designed by Edward E Carlson and John Graham. This building is not just about the beauty, it can also survive wind velocity of 200mph and can escape with serious constructional destruction during earthquake up to 9.1 magnitudes.

Fallingwater House

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Created by the world-famous American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934, Fallingwater is likely to be the most popular private residence in the globe. Like this one of a kind, the design makes it seem like the house is stretched over a 30ft waterfall, without any ground beneath.

Obviously, this isn’t the case, but the unique innovation catches everyone’s eyes and it is a historic landmark.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

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Sydney Opera House is famously considered as one of the greatest architectural designs of the 20th century. The man behind this unique and striking building is architect, Jorn Utzon.

The building has three groups of interlocking shells with two main performance halls and a restaurant. A work of art of modern-day architecture the Opera House is one of the most iconic architectural designs.

Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

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This exclusive hotel in Chile is shaped like a volcano. With only nine rooms, this hotel disgorges water in place of lava. This mind-blowing, incredible building is situated in the center of the natural reserve in South America.

Crystal Island, Russia

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This striking building in Moscow is all set to be crowned as the world’s largest building. This unique tower is planned to offers 27,000,000 square feet of floor space. Plus, this building compromises a thermal buffer on the outside, one that is removed in the summer for the purpose of ventilation.