|Architecture defines the skylines of our greatest cities. Architecture designs our homes and offices. And for many of us, architecture is the reason why we travel. Whether you’re a fan of ancient architecture – such as the 15th-century Florence Cathedral in Italy – or modern architecture – such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, there’s no denying that architecture plays an integral and inspiring role in the world around us. You’ll definitely want to add the following buildings to your architecture bucket list.
Aqua Tower in Chicago
When it comes to architecture, no American city has played a bigger role in defining the look of the American skyline than Chicago. This notion is perfectly encapsulated by the Aqua Tower, an 84-story mixed-used residential skyscraper located in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago. Using the topography of the nearby Great Lakes as inspiration, Aqua Tower’s striking facade is reminiscent of the pull and push of waves. Completed in 2009, Aqua Tower also bares the distinction of being the largest building awarded to an American firm headed by a woman. Those wishing to visit the Aqua Tower don’t need to go far, as it is the home of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago: the first Radisson Blu in the United States.
Parkview Square in Singapore
You would be forgiven, upon witnessing the majestic Parkview Square, and immediately assuming you were in New York City. Designed in a classic Art Deco Style and drawing inspiration from the Chanin Building in New York City, Singapore’s famous Parkview Square is an iconic building that employs a widespread use of motifs, sculptures, and ornamentation. The building and surrounding square, completed in 2002, owes its design to the US firm James Adams Design, along with DP Architects of Singapore. Visitors to Parkview Square certianly won’t miss the building’s eight “guardians”: gigantic fiberglass statues of men holding a light ball in their hands. While in Singapore, be sure to visit the Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View.
F&F Tower in Panama City
This skyscraper may look as if it’s from a Seuss-ian fantasy, but it most certainly exists: this is the F&F Tower in Panama City, Panama. Completed in 2011, the F&F Tower has received a number of distinctions, including the Top 10 Best Skyscrapers of the Year in 2011, and was ranked 7th out of the 10 Emporis Skyscraper Award winners for its architectural excellence regarding the design of building and its functionality. Despite being only the eighth tallest building in Panama City, it is consistently rated first as the most unique and iconic buildings in the city. Located only a few blocks away, the Radisson Decapolis Panama City is conveniently located not only to the F&F Tower, but also to Panama City’s vibrant and diverse nightlife.
Turning Torso in Malmö
Not many iconic buildings bare the distinction of being inspired by a twisting human being. But not many iconic buildings are as awe-inspiring as the Turning Torso. Completed in 2005, Turning Torso is based on a sculpture by Spanish Structural Engineer Santiago Calatrava, called Twisting Torso, which is a white marble piece based on the form of a twisting body. The remarkable tower is 623 feet tall, contains 54 stories, and features an incredible 90° twist. The Park Inn by Radisson Malmö, located just down the street from the Turning Torso, is a perfect basecamp for those wishing to explore Malmö.