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16 Most Breathtaking Buildings In The World, According To Architects

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1 of 16|The Parthenon|Athens, Greece
2 of 16|The National Congress of Brazil|Brasília
3 of 16|The São Paulo Museum of Art|São Paulo, Brazil
4 of 16|The Forbidden City Temple|Beijing, China
5 of 16|The Innovation, Science & Technology Building|Florida Polytechnic University, Lakeland
6 of 16|The Hubertus House|Amsterdam, Netherlands
7 of 16|The Empire State Building|New York, New York
8 of 16|The Church of the Light|Osaka, Japan
9 of 16|The Enterprise Centre|University of East Anglia, Norwich
10 of 16|The Kimbell Art Museum|Fort Worth, Texas
11 of 16|Fallingwater|Mill Run, Pennsylvania
12 of 16|The Barnes Foundation Museum|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
13 of 16|Notre Dame du Haut|Ronchamp, France
14 of 16|The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève|Paris, France
15 of 16|The Sheats Goldstein Residence|Los Angeles, California
16 of 16|The TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport|Jamaica, New York

The world is full of amazing architecture and buildings that can be compared to beautiful works of art.

That’s why when Business Insider asked architects to tell them the one building that they think is a game-changer for building design, inspired them to become architects, or that they simply find stunning, we can imagine it would have been no easy feat.

Luckily, the architects were able to narrow it down to a list of 16 breathtaking buildings, that even those who aren’t into architecture can appreciate.


From the quintessentially beautiful Parthenon in Greece, to the amazing scale and longevity of the Forbidden City temple in China, colourful Hubertus House in Amsterdam, the ‘Big Lebowski’ Sheats Goldstein residence in LA, and even the Empire State Building in New York, the list is made up of museums, universities, airport centres, historical icons and even actual homes.

Click through the slideshow for more breathtaking buildings, chosen by the people who build them for a living.

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