Our Picks: Stunning Examples of Architecture Worldwide

By July 11, 20182018

From a mosque-cathedral in Spain and a Japanese capsule tower to a poignant memorial piece in New York we take a look at some of the architecture from around the world that inspires the GAJ team.

Antonio Aquilar, Senior Architect: Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is an outstanding example of its type made up of three distinct parts: the Patio de los Naranjos, the Mosque and the Cathedral. The building is most notable for its 856 columns made from jasper, onyx, marble and granite that support the beautiful red and white striped arches in the prayer hall. It is a beautiful representation of both Moorish and Islamic architecture with decorative geometric patterns and intricate gilded prayer niches.

Suchitra Joshi, Senior Architect: Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, is a masterpiece of thirteenth century Kalinga temple architecture. It is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya’s chariot with 24 wheels and a team of six horses. The temple’s authenticity of form, design, ornamentation and material has been maintained through the centuries and the link between the sculptural work and architecture is fabulous. A fine example of the relationship of the master architect and his creation.


Arezoo Torabi, Architect: National September 11th Memorial

A highly emotional piece the National September 11th Memorial is not only a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives but is also a wonderful piece of art. It beautifully melds material, scale and proportion with movement, light and colours to create a beautiful space that invites visitors to stand and reflect. It has been created to harness the morning and the evening light, adding depth and bringing the area to life.

Anshuman Khanna, Senior Associate: Nagakin Capsule Tower

Designed by the Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa, the Nagakin Capsule Tower is an iconic 14-storey tower made of 140 pre-assembled capsules stacked at angles around a central core. The tower is built in the style of the 1970’s Metabolism Movement which uses prefabricated, replaceable cell-like parts that can be easily attached and readily removed as necessary. Capsule type architecture and pod hotels have become a characteristic part of the Japanese urban landscape and is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular across the world.