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8. Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou, China
Zaha Hadid Architects
2010
China’s building boom has produced some audacious projects, and few are as eye-popping as Zaha Hadid’s performance center for the southern industrial city of Guangzhou. The venue consists of two dynamic fluid-form structures, the larger housing an undulating, gilded 1,800-seat hall and the smaller home to a more intimate 400-seat space.



Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steelframed glass and granite panelsthe complexity of which led to...
Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steel-framed glass and granite panels—the complexity of which led to challenges during construction and in ongoing maintenance. But the futuristic complex is an emphatic statement on the ambitions of 21st-century China.Photo: Christian Richters/View/Artur Images

Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steel-framed glass and granite panels—the complexity of which led to challenges during construction and in ongoing maintenance. But the futuristic complex is an emphatic statement on the ambitions of 21st-century China.



Seville Spain   J. Mayer H. Architects 2011    When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in...
Seville, Spain J. Mayer H. Architects, 2011 When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in Seville’s Plaza de la Encarnación, city officials opted to commission this welcoming landmark instead.Photo: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre/View/Artur Images

9. Metropol Parasol

Seville, Spain
J. Mayer H. Architects
2011
When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in Seville’s Plaza de la Encarnación, city officials opted to commission this welcoming landmark instead.



Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola part urban parlor. Viewing...
Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long, the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola, part urban parlor. Viewing platforms are perched atop the organic forms, which also shelter restaurants and an archaeological museum.Photo: Fernando Alda

Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long, the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola, part urban parlor. Viewing platforms are perched atop the organic forms, which also shelter restaurants and an archaeological museum.



Mississauga Ontario   MAD Architects 2012    These residential highrises strike a voluptuous profile in Torontos largest...
Mississauga, Ontario MAD Architects, 2012 These residential high-rises strike a voluptuous profile in Toronto’s largest suburb. With continuous balconies and elliptical floor plans, the 50- and 56-story skyscrapers appear to shimmy and twist, each around its own axis.Photo: Roland Shainidze

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