3. Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea
Hotel’s astonishing heights are matched by the controversies
surrounding its construction. Construction originally began in 1987 in
preparation for a festival, but was abandoned due to an economic crisis.
Construction did recommence in 2008, with an Egyptian
telecommunications company funding the
glass façade’s completion.
ensuing mismanagement and disputes led to yet another abandonment of
the project. Couple that with poor construction materials and bare
concrete surfaces, and the
building was completely written-off by the European Chamber of Commerce
during a 1990s inspection. Intentional or not, the building’s disrepair
and derelict status is befitting of a failed totalitarian regime.
4. Bank Of China Tower, Hong Kong, China
the tallest building in Hong Kong, the Bank of China Tower is a soaring
skyscraper that towers over the Chinese skyline over 1000 feet in the
air. The crystalline-like structure was designed by Chinese-American
architect I.M. Pei and boasts 72 stories, two masts and glass curtain
inspiration from the bamboo plant (resembling growing bamboo shoots),
the Bank is meant to symbolize livelihood and prosperity; two things
that all good banks should aspire toward. Feng Shui masters, however,
took issue with the building, saying that it brought bad luck to
5. Circle Of Life, Fushun, China
firm Shanghai Modern
Architectural Design Co spun this spherical structure in Fushun as a
tourist attraction. Soaring into the sky at 515 feet tall and 50 stories
high, the Circle of Life features an observation tower in the upper
decks, offering panoramic views of the city.
The structure was constructed with 3,000 tons of steel and sets itself apart
from many other Shanghai buildings by lighting up the night skyline with over 12,000 LED lights.
6. Hang Nga Guesthouse, Da Lat, Vietnam
known as the “Crazy House”, the Hang Nga Guesthouse is located in Da
Lat, Vietnam and was constructed by Dang Viet Nga, the daughter of the
ex-President of Vietnam. Many describe the abode as a “fairy tale house”
due to its fantastical, design-defying features including winding
corridors, oddly shaped roofs and rooms, and enormous animal sculptures.
banyan tree-shaped building opened in 1990, and is adorned with
animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves. The product of a painting
rather than a traditional blueprint, local craftsmen transformed Nga’s
two-dimensional artwork into the trippy structural form that can be seen
today. The home’s interior is just as zany, with handcrafted furniture
filling ten animal-themed guest rooms that range all the way from
kangaroos to ants. Many have compared the Hang Nga Guesthouse’s
architecture to the works of Gaudí, Salvador Dali and Walt Disney.