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Top Architectural Designs

Architecture is a unique craft only a few are skilled at. It requires precision, planning and a genuine expertise in the field. The buildings designed by architects are admired by many. The following article will go through the top architectural designs around the world.

Starting off with a design closest to home is The Shard, London. Located in the heart of London, the building stands at 72 storeys and is noted to be the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe. Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the structure consists of angled glass facades, reflecting the surrounding city, providing those inside with beautiful views. Renzo Piano designed The Shard to be versatile, which is why it includes offices, restaurants, apartments and a hotel all in one building.

The Shard, London

the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai

Renowned for being the tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai and standing at 828 metres. The architect behind this masterpiece of a skyscraper is Chicago born Adrian Smith. The design is inspired from Islamic architecture of the country and contains 124 stories. It embodies a glass curtain wall and rests on a Y-shaped base. As if all this wasn’t impressive enough, the building contains 162 floors all which either have offices, residences, restaurants, an Armani hotel and an observation deck.

Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai and standing at 828 metres

Gardens by the Bay, located in Singapore

World Building of the Year 2012 was Gardens by the Bay, located in Singapore. This is a nature park consisting of 101 hectares and three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden. Each garden recreates a distinct climate as one is dry, one is humid and has impressive attractions such as flower meadows, mountain forests etc. Impressively, the gardens have ‘supertrees’ which are made up of photovoltaic cells, harnessing solar energy. The designers behind this architecture were two large firms, Grant Associates and architects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland

Lastly is the ever so beautiful HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Center in Iceland. Boasting a contemporary architecture, it was designed by Henning Larsen architects and artist Olafur Eliasson. The charming venue is made up of geometric volumes and kaleidoscope multi-colour glass. During the night, the LED strips are turned on, converting the structure into a beautiful structure of shimmer and light.

Here at CISTA ARTS, we offer an advisory service to architects and landscape designers, helping you to choose the most suitable sculptures and site-specific artworks. If this interests you, please email us directly at or, visit our website for more information.

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