What 7 iconic buildings would look like in different architectural styles
Wherever you visit, you will find iconic and unique buildings. From the Opera to the Louvre, people from all over the world flock to these architectural marvels year after year.
Each place has its own combination of architectural styles, and we can learn a lot by discovering the history of its buildings. But we couldn’t help but wonder what some of our favorite buildings might look like if they were redesigned in a different style.
1. Ancient Egyptian Style CN Tower
Toronto’s CN Tower took three years to build and stands 553m tall. It held the record for the tallest freestanding building in the world until 2007, when the 30 centimeter-tall Burj Dubai snatched the title. We reimagined it as an ancient Egyptian obelisk, erected to honor an event, an individual or a god. The CN Tower is very impressive and this ancient Egyptian remodel gives it a little more punch.
2. Classic Style Falling Water House
Deep in the forest of southwestern Pennsylvania sits one of America’s most famous homes, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It opened to the public in 1964, and since then more than five million visitors have come to see the architectural masterpiece. But what if was built in ancient Greece? In the classical style, these are symmetrical columns. The innovative design and use of marble and stone means that remnants of these sturdy structures still exist today.
3. The Sydney Opera House in tudor style
The Opera House is one of Australia’s most photographed landmarks – and it’s not hard to see why. This architectural masterpiece changed the course of 20th century architecture and its striking shapes make it instantly recognizable. Although work ended in 1973, imagine if it was built in the 15th or 16th century. We’ve given the famous modern opera house a Tudor makeover, with exposed beams, a steep gable roof, masonry chimneys and clustered windows that make this style so unique.
4. The Louvre in brutalist style
Home to thousands of masterpieces, the Louvre is one of the best art galleries in the world. But the building itself is special in itself. Originally a medieval fortress, it became the residence of the royal family in the 14th century before opening as a public museum in 1793. We gave this stunner a raw brutalist remodel, turning it into a cinder block monolithic that is just as iconic as the original.
5. Gothic-style Petronas Towers
The world’s tallest twin towers and Kuala Lumpur’s most prominent landmark, the Petronas Towers rise 452m above the ground and are a highly visible symbol of the city in the 21st century. Construction ended in 1997, but if architect César Pelli was around in the Middle Ages, the towers might look more like our gothic revamp. Discover the pointed arches and stained glass panels. Look closely and you might even spot a few gargoyles.
6. Buckingham Palace in Bauhaus style
Buckingham Palace has been the official royal residence since 1837. The giant palace has 775 rooms, including 52 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms. If ever the queen wanted to give the palace a new look, we can wholeheartedly recommend a Bauhaus-style makeover. Founded at the turn of the 20th century, the Bauhaus fused style and functionality. With its minimalist exterior, geometric shapes, and slick fronts, we think the queen would be pretty happy with this update.
7. Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói in an enduring style
Is it a mushroom cloud? Maybe a UFO? The architect who designed this unforgettable building says it looks like a flying saucer, but it’s actually a museum of contemporary art. Located in the Brazilian city of Niterói, near Rio de Janeiro, this alien-looking building was completed in the mid-1990s. We opted for an eco-friendly makeover, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from greenhouse, save energy and reduce waste. All buildings could look like this one day.
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