Ahead Of The Curve: 7 Iconic Circular Buildings Around the World
Architects and designers have always demonstrated their creativity via different styles and unique architectures. In Greek and Roman architectures, round towers and domes are common, but in modern-day style, they are frequently used in theatres and planetariums. We bring you some of the architectural marvels around the world which are circular in shape.
We bring you some of the architectural marvels around the world which are circular in shape.
AL Dar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi
Al Dar Headquarters located at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is one of the first circular buildings in the Middle East. The building looks like a coin standing on its edge. It has two circular convex facades and the shape is achieved by using the structural diagrid. Designed by MZ Architects, the 121-meter tall building has 23 floors.
Guangzhou Circle, Guangzhou
Guangzhou Circle is located at Chinese city Guagzhou. Designed by Di Pasquale of Milan studio AM Project, the doughnut-shaped building is the headquarters of Hongda Xingye Group. It is also home to Guangdong Plastic Exchange, world's largest trading center for raw plastic products. There is a circle in the center of the building which makes it hollow and when reflected in the river, it forms the shape of number eight.
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing
Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is another Chinese building which is curvy. Located in Beijing, the structure of the building look like the rising sun. On the other side, it appears in a shape of a scallop. The structure was designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Co and is 97-meter-high. Situated on the shore of Yanki Lake, the hotel has 21 floors, 306 guestroom and suites and many meeting rooms and recreational facilities.
Radisson BLU Hotel, Frankfurt
The Radisson BLU Hotel in Frankurt was completed in 2005. The hotel was designed by architect John Seiffert. The disc structure of the building is made of glass and there are cubes of structures in front and rear facades.
Fangyuan Mansion, Shengyang
Another marvellous structure in China, Fangyuan Mansion in Shengyang looks like an ancient Chinese coin. The mansion was designed by C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners.
Marina City, Chicago
Marina City is a residential-cum-commercial building and is a landmark in Chicago. Designed by Bertard Goldberg, it is the first building in the U.S. to have been constructed with tower cranes. The complex has two corncob-shaped 65-storey towers, a hotel building and a saddle-shaped auditorium.
The Theme Building, Los Angeles International Airport
The Theme Building is an iconic structure located at the Los Angeles International Airport. The building is semi-circular in shape, resembling a flying saucer. This marvellous structure was designed by a team of architects headed by Charles Luckman and William Pareira.
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