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Top 10 Architectural Wonders of the World - Part I

Updated on May 9, 2012

We know about natural wonders of the world like the Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, Niagara Falls and so on...But why not we think about the Man - Made Wonders. Lets talk about the absolute must-see buildings. The ones that will make your jaw drop and will have you asking, "how did they do that!?" Here is a list of "Top 10 Architectural Wonders Of The World"

Floating Green Ecocities
Floating Green Ecocities

1. Empire State Building, New York City, NY

This art deco skyscraper stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years and now it's 12th. The empire state building is one of the world’s most recognizable skyscrapers. Empire state building is one of the popular attraction in New York city. The tower has 102 storeys and was built in the 30s. There are two observatories, one is on the 86th floor, where you can see a breath-taking 360-degree view of the city. There is also a much smaller observation deck on the 102nd floor.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

2. Kogod Courtyard, Washington D.C.

The courtyard was designed to make visitors feel like they’re outside, without having to deal with cold and rain. Thus, a roof was necessary to making the space truly useful, and the architects decided upon a wavy glass and steel structure, with glass panels set in a grid and supported by columns. There are several pools of water, which are only a quarter inch deep. They reflect the courtyard and can also be turned off to accommodate more people in the space. Adorning the courtyard are two 32-foot ficus trees and 16 black olive trees, which are filled in with a variety of shrubs and ferns. The space is 28,000 square feet, and will feature free wireless internet access. it was Designed by Norman Foster, this elegant glass canopy was built as an addition to the museum and houses part of the Smithsonian's art gallery. It won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1999. It's over 28,000 square feet of glass and gives the impression of a floating ceiling.

Kogod Courtyard
Kogod Courtyard

3. Panama Canal, Panama

Panama canal is a man-made canal that remains one of the most impressive engineering feats of our time. Panama Canal links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Tt was built as a travel port and has had an enormous impact on shipping between the east and west. Each year over 14,000 vessels pass through its concrete tunneled walls. The canal has been enormously successful, and continues to be a key conduit for international maritime trade. The canal can accommodate vessels from small private yachts up to large commercial vessels.

Panama Canal
Panama Canal

4. Red Ribbon, Qinhuangdao, China

In Qinhuangdao, China the Tanghe River Park features a new installation of a red steel bench that runs for half a kilometre through the park. The Red Ribbon project is th winner of American Society of Landscape Architects award and was also selected by readers of Conde Nast Traveller magazine as one of the seven new wonders of the architecture world. This knee-high red steel bench acts as a viewing place for the area's lush vegetation and diverse species. The challenge of this project is to protect the good ecological condition of the site and to ensure safety hygiene accessiblity and attractiveness, allowing people touse the site as an urban park. This "red ribbon" provides seating, environmental interpretation, lighting and displaying of native plants.

Red Ribbon, Qinhuangdao, China
Red Ribbon, Qinhuangdao, China

5. Hoover Dam, Border of Arizona and Nevada

Hoover Dam, originally known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam is one of the world's largest hydro-electric generating stations. Hoover Dam is one of the most jaw-dropping sites in the US. The dam is named after America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a large role in bringing the nearby states into agreement about water allocations, settling a 25-year controversy. One more great thing about this dam is it was completed ahead of schedule. Construction began in 1931 and finished in 1936. Two years ahead of schedule and well under budget.

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam

Continue reading the continuation of this hub in "Top 10 architectural wonders of the world - Part II"

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      advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

      AWESOME!!!!

      I love looking at this kind of stuff!

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      Nik 7 years ago

      that's really cool!

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      priyank 7 years ago

      nice

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      bella 7 years ago

      what is the date that they made the hoover dam the seventh engineering wonder of the world

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      lex123 6 years ago

      Good information and great photographs!

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      s.prakash 6 years ago

      Nice Photography.

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      Prashant 6 years ago

      Really great..

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      Architects North Wales 6 years ago

      Fantastic Photography, description and hub. I love looking at architectural and engineering mast pieces. The buildings in construction in Dubai at the moment will only add to to your excellent portfolio.

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      evilpaper 6 years ago

      amazing graphics HOPE IT REALLY COMES TRUE!!!

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      Anjuprasad 5 years ago

      KOGOD COURTYARD is a magic from architectures

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      KVR 5 years ago

      simply awesome pics , i like it, man always great

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      CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I love looking at these structures. I am also fascinated by the "eco-cities."

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      chanda 5 years ago

      beautiful

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      Henock from Ethiopia 5 years ago

      we Ethiopians also now building a dam like hoover, called Renascence dam,'' IT IS IN THE NILE RIVER'' .

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      Infact am overwhelmd wid d whol photographs..diz ar amazing concept. Am nt tired of seeing d pics

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      awesome

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      Kaete Binoka 4 years ago

      very nice....

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      suthan 4 years ago

      its really nice i love this structure and get more stuff.......!!!!!!!!!!!

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