World's Top Ten Circular Buildings and Structures
London's Royal Albert Hall
Few enjoy pushing the envelope like architects and with this in mind the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com have made their choices for the "World's Top 10 Circular Buildings and Structures." While some veer closer to ovals than perfect circles, their curves, innovation, and in some cases, history, were impressive enough to land them on the list.
1. CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING;
The world's very first circular office building, this structure houses the studios in which some of the world's greatest music was produced. Although thought to have been modeled after a stack of 45 records, those in the know say that's only an urban legend.
2. LIPSTICK BUILDING;
Smack in the middle of midtown
3. 30 ST. MARY AXE (THE GHERKIN);
Love it or hate it this building may just stand out more than any other on the
4. MARINA CITY;
For a true Jetsons-like living experience, few places could beat the condominiums of the Marina City towers. Finished in the early '60s, many say the buildings' shape was meant not only to provide an alternative to the sharp lines that were de rigueur but as better defense against the city's harsh winds.
5. THE THEME BUILDING;
Harkening back to the days of glamorous air travel,
6. RUNDETARN (ROUND TOWER);
It may have been built in the early 1600s, but this building is every modern skateboarder's dream. The structure's stunning 209-meter spiral walk of wood floors is rumored to have been used by
While a stunning relic of a fascinating culture, it's hard not to keep in mind the carnage for which this building was built. Among the more fascinating if not disturbing features of this building was a "Spolarium," no longer in existence, where the dead and nearly dead would be relieved of their armor and weapons.
Although most know it as the hall that hosts the famous Proms concert series, its stage has graced everyone from His Holiness The Dalai Lama to Jay Z. Boasting a whopper of an organ, as well as a seating capacity of 5,000, it was originally meant to host a whopping 30,000 spectators.
9. TORRE AGBAR;
Bearing a remarkable resemblance to
10. NEWGRANGE; DONORE,
A structure that predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids, Newgrange is a passage grave famous for a construction scheme that allows the sun to illuminate the interior rather dramatically on the winter solstice. Entrance to the structure on the solstice is by lottery only. Tens of thousands apply but only 50 tickets (for two people each) are distributed.
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