Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, shortened as the Sagrada Família, is a church in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), it is 90 meters long and can house 9.000 visitors. Its highest tower will be 170 meters. Construction began in 1882 and is planned to be finished in 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudí.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Spain. When the museum opened to the public in 1997, it was immediately hailed as one of the world’s most spectacular buildings.
The base of the building is covered with beige limestone from the Huéscar quarries near Granada, cut from 5 cm thick slabs. The glass of the windows has been treated to prevent light from damaging the exposed pieces. Its curved forms are clad in 33.000 titanium plates, arranged in scales and only 0.4 mm thick.
Rising from a common platform, two towers lean towards each other and eventually merge in a perpendicular, 75 metre cantilever. The platform has a height of 46 meters, the towers rise to 237 meters. It was designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA.
The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali
The first mosque on the site was built around the 13th century, but the current structure dates from 1907. The mosque is built on a platform measuring about 75 × 75 meters that is raised by 3 metres above the level of the marketplace. The platform prevents damage to the mosque when the Bani River floods.
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