The best buildings in the world

As buildings grow ever more ornate and towering, Westermans asks: which are the world’s most impressive structures?

The company’s new infographic looks at some of Earth’s most striking and prestigious buildings, including the Shard, the Burj Khalifa, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Complete with statistics on the materials used, the build time, and the cost of each project, the infographic also offers fun facts on the buildings.

For instance, did you know it takes two months to clean the windows of the Petronas Towers? Or that the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for just eleven months?

See the whole infographic here and let us know your favourite building from the list.

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The LEGO Architect

A new book inspires readers to recreate iconic architecture with LEGO.

Tom Alphin’s ‘The LEGO Architect’ is perfect for aspiring designers of any age, depicting famous buildings and their LEGO counterparts.

With step by step instructions and details of all the bricks you need for each constuction, the book encourages a playful, experimental approach beyond the standard LEGO Architecture sets that are currently available.

Showcasing seven styles from Neoclassical to Brutalism, The LEGO Architect looks at a wide variety of buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation.

Find out more about what the book has to offer here and tell us if you’re inspired to get building with LEGO.

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Designer Tom Dixon has opened a multisensory pop-up department store in the Old Selfridges Hotel, breathing new life into the disused space. 

Dixon’s high-end Multiplex hosts a full range of items from beauty and fashion to technology and furniture, representing dozens of international brands and designers.

An innovative partnership with Selfridges, Tom Dixon’s concept was to reinvigorate physical, rather than online, shopping, giving it a subversive spin, saying: “I wanted to see what happens if you take the raw energy that exists in London elsewhere and stick it right bang in the middle of one of the biggest department stores in the world.”

Take a look at what the department store has to offer here and let us know if you’ll be visiting.

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Hotel Not Hotel

A new hotel in Amsterdam offers guests a rather different experience than the standard ‘room with an ensuite’ fare.

Hotel Not Hotel rejects the rigid structure of corridors of identical rooms that most hotels offer, instead choosing a more open, playful approach to welcome tourists to the city.

Created by Bruno Bont and Tijmen Receveur, the hotel lets guests stay in a converted tram cart, behind a bookcase, and in a printed house.

Explore Hotel Not Hotel here and let us know if you’ll be visiting any time soon.

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The Sky Pool

If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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Britain’s tallest sculpture gains a slide

London architecture firm Bblur has designed an epic slide, which will wrap around the tallest sculpture in the UK.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower in London’s Olympic Park, will be home to a slide that allows visitors to exit the tower in a more stylish way than usual – at 15mph.

The slide itself, which will be around 180m long, will get riders to the bottom in approximately 40 seconds, giving them a unique view of the city skyline along the way.

Opening in spring 2016, the slide may become a new hit tourist attraction – read more about this fun idea here.

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The world’s most controversial buildings

Did you know that some of the world’s most beloved buildings were once hated by thousands?

Iconic designs such as The Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Empire State Building all gained bad reputations when first built, but now are seen as innovative and symbolic of their home cities.

For example, the famous writer Guy de Maupassant described the Eiffel Tower as a “tall skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant and disgraceful skeleton”. Some people even looked forward to the Tower being taken down as scheduled (a day which never passed).

Read more about the world’s most controversial buildings here and tell us what you think. 

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