The unusual facade of the Hilton London Metropole seems to bend the laws of space. It is one of the largest hotels in Europe and can accomodate about 3,000 people in its conference space. It contains over 1,000 rooms and can dine about 2,000. The Metropole is centrally located in London, nearby Hyde park. The
The Shard is currently the tallest building in the United Kingdom and its creation sparked controversy. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, the staggering 1,016-foot high tower is visible from many parts of the city. Essentially it’s a glass pyramid rising around a concrete cylinder. A building like this is only possible in modern day.
The Leadenhall Building or Cheese Grater is located in downtown London. This unique 802-foot tall building, one of the highest in London, is actually the first prefabricated skyscraper to be assembled in a small space. It was largely built off-site due to space constraints and later assembled in its current location. This process helped to
30 St. Mary Axe or “The Gherkin” is a tower in London’s financial district. Completed in 2004, this unique building is home to offices, shops, and restaurants. Its conical shape and argyle pattern make it instantly recognizable and it has appeared in films, tv shows, and video games. It has received numerous awards including the
House In The Clouds is located in Thorpeness, England. This type of building is termed a “folly” and is a building made for purely decorative or conversational purpose. Follies were especially prevalent in England in the 18th century. In the early 1900’s Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie came up with the idea to develop the whole town
The Inside-Out Building is also known as the Lloyd’s Building. It is home to Lloyd’s of London, a large insurance company located in London’s main financial district. The elevators, staircases, electrical power conduits, ductwork, and water pipes are located outside the building to maximize interior space. Each year they receive thousands of requests to visit
This week’s crazy building is the Rusty Building in Leeds, England. Known officially as Broadcasting Tower, this structure is most notable for one particular feature: Its facade is covered in COR-TEN weathering steel. When exposed to the elements over a few years, this special type of steel eventually forms a deep red, rust-like appearance. For
This week’s crazy building is the Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England. Located by a picturesque lake on the English country side, the Balancing Barn gets its name the peculiar way in which it’s situated. Legendary architecture firm MVRDV designed the building with a massive cantilever: half of its length juts out off the hillside and hangs over the
This week’s crazy building is the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. These massive structures look a bit like clusters of giant soap bubbles, but they’re actually a type of architecture called geodesic domes. They’re made of huge hexagon- and pentagon-shaped plastic cells (much like a soccer ball) and supported by steel beams. The domes are
This week’s crazy building is the MI6 Building in London, England. You may know this one better as the “James Bond” building. It’s been depicted in The World Is Not Enough, Skyfall and most recently as a ruin in Spectre. What you may not know is that this oddly-designed building really does house the British Secret Intelligence Service.