Buildings are a work of art if done correctly. A well sculptured and constructed building is like a symphony to the eyes of the viewer and the design of the building also matters a lot. Some architects were asked about their opinion on particular buildings and we devised a top 10 based on their views. Here are top 10 aesthetically pleasing buildings according to architects.
10. The Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
“It’s the quintessential beautiful architectural form,” Tara Imani says. “The Ionic and Doric columns, the use of entasis [a slight curve in columns] to make sure the columns didn’t look spindly from a distance…the siting on a hilltop — it gave us our initial ABCs of architecture that we keep trying to use and improve upon today.”
Imani is the founding architect of Tara Imani Designs.
9. The Forbidden City temple in Beijing, China.
“It has amazing scale and longevity of the design, complex structure, yet simple forms,” Rosa Sheng says. “My grandfather…explained that architecture is meant to last beyond one’s lifetime. It is a living time capsule of the culture for an entire civilization.”
Sheng is a senior architect at the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
8. The Innovation, Science, and Technology building at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.
“When I worked for Santiago Calatrava, I was part of the team that procured the Florida Polytechnic University campus project,” says Marica McKeel. ” Not only to do I love the design of the Innovation, Science and Technology building, but I feel a real connection to this project and to the Lakeland community as my father grew up in Lakeland and I still frequently visit family there.”
McKeel is the principal at Studio MM.
7. The Hubertus House in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“For an institution that took in and protected unmarried mothers on an equal basis, the building is equal parts playful and dignified,” Randy Deutsch says. It is “a colorful contemporary project in steel, glass and concrete that is nonetheless respectful of its more traditional neighbors.”
Deutsch is the principal at Deutsch Insights and an associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
6. The Church of the Light in Osaka, Japan.
“[Architect] Tadao Ando is able to create beautiful spaces that embody monolithic presence, spacious, simple forms with an intriguing play of light which appears to dance throughout the day,” says Frank Cunha III. “The pushing and tugging of heavy forms and open space create a very unique, magical experience.”
Cunha is the CEO and principal of FC3 Architecture + Design.
5. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Completed in 1974, it redefined how museums and art galleries used natural daylighting and is truly a modernist masterpiece,” Bob Borson says.
Borson is the principal at Malone Maxwell Borson Architects.
4. Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
“The rigid planes of the cantilevered balconies are pure modernist forms inserted into the heart of the forest,” says Bruce Turner. “Most importantly however, the thing that solidified this building as my favorite of all time doesn’t show up in any photos: the arrival sequence to the house. You arrive on a small country road, turn into the property, wind you way through the woods, and the house finally appears in the distance.”
Turner is a freelance architect based in New Jersey.
3. The Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
It is highly publicized and perhaps getting too much play like a song on the radio, but when seen in person, I was truly inspired,” Lee Calisti says.
Calisti is the founder of Calisti Architecture and Design.
2. Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France.
“The building stands boldly, innovatively, looking to the future, while also respective its place and the past,” says Jonathan R. Brown.
Brown is a senior associate at JHP Architecture/Urban Design.
1. The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France.
“Completed in 1850, it is a magical jewel box of a building,” Jared Banks says. “The gray stone classical exterior hides a cavernous light-filled reading room composed of two wrought iron barrel vaults.”
Banks is an architect for Shoegnome Architects.