This sprawling interlocking wooden ‘parasol’ in Spain provides shade to the open plazas and cafes found underneath it. The Juergen Mayer design is considered to be the world’s largest wooden structure.
Situated on the edge of a nature reserve near the Suffolk coast, this impressive structure looks as though it’s precariously balancing over the slope beneath. Available to hire as an unusual alternative to your standard overnight accommodation, the barn sleeps 8, all of whom who can enjoy the panoramic views across the surrounding East Anglian farmlands and fields.
Given World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1995, this serene Japanese village is home to some of the finest examples of traditional gasshō-zukuri houses in the country, some of which are over 300 years old. The distinctly steep triangular roofs were designed so that snow easily slips off in the heavy winters and must be carefully re-thatched every decade to preserve their integrity.
Built between 1900 – 1914 this completely surreal park in Spain is home to stunning architectural pieces by Catalonia’s masterful and most-famous son, Antonio Gaudi. The collection of works includes a myriad of colourful mosaics, bold and bizarre sculptures and an imposing Modernist entranceway. A must see destination, without a doubt.
Brought to life as a result of the collaboration between three architects – David Kahler, Santiago Calatrava and Eero Saarinen – each bringing a unique twist to the trio of structures that make up the complex, this museum is a standout landmark in Wisconsin’s wonderful port city. A fusion of modern, post-modern and geometric design, along with a soaring 90ft glass ceiling and striking exterior make it a place both patrons can appreciate and residents can be very proud of.
The 50,000 tomes that make up the Netherlands’ ‘Pyramid of Paper’ are all housed in what is thought to be the world’s biggest bookshelf, which winds its way up five floors and even boasts a cosy cafe at its apex. What’s more, the glass shell that covers the stacks is made from recycled plastic bags and unwanted flowerpots. One for the green-fingered and well-read alike.
This unique Spanish village, which dates back to medieval times, perfectly depicts how architecture can combine the natural surroundings with human construction. Sentenil has homes built both inside and on top of an overhang of an eroded gorge.
Dating back to around 1500, this house was listed by archaeologists in the 1920′s and every square inch of it was moved before demolition of the surrounding area began in 1961. Weighing in at 21 tons, the house and the story of its subsequent move is one of the UK’s important moments in terms of preserving architectural history.