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While traveling around the globe, we are always looking for majestic and unique backgrounds. Beautiful landscapes, astonishing sightseeing or stunning buildings- we eagerly take photos to share our memories and experience with our friends and families. So here are some architectural marvels in case you have run out of things to point your camera at. Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg This fantastic building with a rather difficult German name has a famous nickname, ‘Elphi’. It’s actually a concert hall - one of the biggest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. The Elphi attracts tourists with its amazing design, which looks like a sail, or quartz crystal. The glorious illumination, used on its official inauguration day in January 2017, made the building look like it came from a different era. It’s also the tallest inhabited construction in Hamburg, at 108 meters. Shanghai Tower, China If the Elphi is the tallest building in Hamburg, Shanghai Tower is the second tallest one in the world. The construction launched in late 2008 and was officially finished seven years later. However, the 623-meter height is not the skyscraper’s only unique attribute. The fascinating 120-degree twist is cleverly implemented to reduce wind loads. The Tower also boasts the fastest elevators in the world, which can travel at almost 74 km per hour! Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris This gorgeous project started in 2006, and opened as an art museum and cultural center in late 2014. It’s designed by a renowned architect, Frank Gehry, known for his other creations such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. He also designed the 8 Spruce Street skyscraper in Manhattan. Now, Louis Vuitton Foundation is only two-story, but it has 11 galleries of different sizes, that actually add up to an astounding 41,500 square feet. That includes a 350-seat auditorium and several multilevel roof terraces. The Shard, London It’s pretty clear where the name comes from. The Shard skyscraper does indeed look like a shard of glass. The 95-story construction is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, at a height of more than 300 meters at its peak. It’s a creation of another famous architect, Renzo Piano, and it took over 3 years - from 2009 to 2012 - to complete. The tower itself also features an observation deck, where visitors can admire the view of London’s horizons. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao This work of architectural art is home to modern and contemporary art. In addition to being one of the most admired buildings in history, it is commonly named as one of the most important constructions by experts. The museum is famous for housing big site-specific modern art installations, like Richard Serra’s Snake that is a hundred meter long. This is another project of Frank Gehry, which officially opened in Bilbao in late 1997. It was inaugurated by former King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Cathedral Of Brasília, Brazil The uniquely-shaped Roman Catholic cathedral offers absolutely breathtaking views from the outside, as well as from the inside. It was originally built 40 years ago, nd has seen major renovations since then. It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, often praised as one of the greatest architects of his generation. Around a million tourists come to Brasilia each year to marvel at the cathedral. Grande Arche, Paris People often compare the Grande Arche of Paris to a hypercube, projected onto a three-dimensional world. The arch, inaugurated in 1989, is shaped like a hollowed-out cube and is actually 110-meter tall. It offers incredible views of France’s famous Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre from a unique perspective. It’s also a masterpiece to behold on its own.
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