Sit Back : The Most Breathtaking and Inspiring Buildings in the World
The world is filled with many beautiful and awe-inspiring natural wonders. These overwhelming sights of scenic splendour can be enjoyed by tourists and travellers from all over the globe and from all generations. But you don’t have to travel all the way out to the Northern Territory in central Australia just to clap your eyes on a huge sandstone monolith or sit freezing in the arctic temperatures to catch a hopeful glimpse at an emerald-glowing light show in the sky. There are some wonderful examples of man-made offerings the can equal if not better these world wonders and so many of these grand designs and vertical marvels can be found right in the heart of some of the biggest cities in the world.
One of the most inspiring buildings from 2014 is the London School of Economics’ new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre which officially opened its doors last October to a mass of very happy students. The striking structure takes a step away from a typical string of uninspiring and nebulous student buildings that we’ve seen so often before. Its refreshing design is structurally varied and was formed with the use of multiple materials and is prominently highlighted with its red bricked facet.
From the subtly tucked away yet beautifully designed establishments to a luxurious and overly lavish centre of attention. Malaysia’s most iconic construction is the impressive Petronas Towers, a pair of skyscrapers reaching heights of 452 metres off the ground. It still remains the tallest set of twin towers in the world and even features an adjoining double floored bridge which can be found on the 41st and 42nd floors which connects the two buildings 170 metres up. The landmark building can be found in Kuala Lumpur and was prominently featured the 1999 action thriller Entrapment, which starred Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Designed by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, the Everyman Theatre redo in Liverpool has also drawn a lot of attention of late. The redesign meant that the 50-year old location was getting a much needed face-lift, a project which took developers and designers 3 years to complete. It was crucial that a number of iconic aspects associated with the building were kept during the rebuild and it is by no means an easy task to achieve such a feat. But the architects have managed to piece together an impressive new theatre building and bistro whilst ensuring that the sense of history and creativeness hasn’t been completely lost for this creative institution. Another attention-grabbing characteristic of the theatre is the new large-scale art feature found on the west facing side of the building. It consists of no less than 105 moveable metal sunshades each featuring a full life-sized portrait of various Liverpool residents.
Sporting venues across the world often feature incredible design and eye-catching architecture. They’re built to not only attract millions of ravelling visitors on a regular basis when they are home to some big sporting events, but with a superbly crafted structure they can also add to the overall quality of an area and bring tourists in to the area all year round. Just take a look at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which was constructed to play host to the 2012 London Olympics. It’s a huge complex that features the stadium, aquatics centre and the velodrome. It’s surrounded by greenery, fields and other eye-catching features and even has the added bonus of having the River Lea run right through it. And let’s not forget the large red ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture featuring its twisting metallic construction.
Another such architectural offering is the massive City of Dreams complex located in the popular city of Macau, China. The City of Dreams is home to a number of hotels, various restaurants, shops, spas and of course their world famous 420,000 square foot CofD casino. Spread out over two large floors, the casino plays host to 450 gaming tables and 1,514 gaming machines. And it’s already been getting the plaudits and praise from some of the biggest poker professionals around.
Poker Pro ElkY has dubbed the complex as “the new home of poker” and has even claimed that the poker room at the City of Dreams is one of the most comfortable rooms in which he has ever played the game. China is already very fanatical and passionate about gambling and with Macau constantly growing in popularity, it’s a modern city that could see soon itself on par with the likes of Las Vegas, one the biggest gambling capitals of the world. In fact, financially speaking, it already is.
Macau is the only place in the whole of China where gambling is actually legal. Therefore millions and millions of visitors from across the world, not to mention from other parts of China itself, gather to the location for some of the best betting action around. To put things into perspective, Macau’s gambling revenue in 2014 had increased by a massive 20%, compared to its previous year, having pulled in $45 million in total. And Las Vegas had only just managed to scrape together a mere 15% of that.
The City of Dreams may have scored big in the past few years with an astonishing rate of growth but how well does it fare as an all-round entertainment hub? Without a shadow of a doubt Vegas is home to some of the best live entertainment and dining experiences in the world. For the millions of visitors that head out to Nevada each and every year it’s not always their intention to just visit and instantly hit the tables and the games just to fritter away thousands of dollars of their hard earned cash. They want to experience Vegas, the lights, the food, the bars and clubs, the record-breaking shows and the atmosphere. As poker pro ElkY commented in a recent article he wrote for PokerStars, the nightlife during his stays in Macau paled in comparison compared to that of his trips to Vegas.