Whether it’s homes, offices or cathedrals all these cities have created art out of the ordinary, from the ultra-modern cityscapes to stunning structures, you don’t even have to step outdoors.
1. Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Rotterdam is a major port city located in South Holland and is recognizable for its bold, modern architecture. Whether a public space or a personal home, this city boasts amazing architecture at every turn due its mix of modern skyscrapers and architecture. Take a walk past the cube-houses, or Kubuswoningen, to experience some of Rotterdam’s quirky designs. These homes are built in the form of tilted cubes on top of concrete pillars in order to look like trees. Make sure you save time to visit the Netherlands’ first ever skyscraper, the Witte Huis: it may only be 45 meters high but for many years it was the tallest office building in Europe.
Where to Stay:
nhow Rotterdam offers explorers the chance to stay in a piece of iconic architecture as well as a luxury, modern hotel. Enjoy stunning views over the river Maas from your room then head up to the rooftop bar to observe this vibrant Dutch skyline by night.
2. Brasilia, Brazil
Brasilia is the federal capital of Brazil and is known for its sleek, modern architecture. It was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its futuristic urban planning and from the sky evokes the image of an airplane. Once a barren desert it is now a city filled with astounding museums and monuments making it the perfect place for your architectural adventure. The Cathedral of Brasilia is a design lovers’ must-see. Make sure to check out the Brazil’s National Congress building, one of Brasilia’s most interesting designs as it is a collection of two towers and two half spheres.
Where to stay:
B Hotel Brasilia is located in Brasilia’s popular North Wing. Designed to capture the architecture of Brasilia the B Hotel also comes with a year-round outdoor pool and top floor sun deck with views of the city.
3. Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux is celebrated for its historical architecture dating from the 18th century, it is even has a specially designed tourist walk to showcase all its must see designs. The Bordeaux Famous Architecture Walk takes tourists from the Palais Rohan, Bordeaux’s City Hall building, and finishes with the Pont de Pierre planned and designed under orders from Napoleon. Among the historical buildings of Bordeaux, the architectural enthusiast can also seek out modern design, such as the Cité du Vin a museum and exhibition space devoted to Bordeaux wine.
Where to Stay:
L’Appart D’Oli Et Tiane is a stylish apartment set in the heart of Bordeaux. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on your arrival then head into Bordeaux streets to observe its beautiful architecture by night.
4. Bath, England
Located in Somerset, the South West of England, Bath became a world heritage site in 1987 due to its architectural history. A must see when in the city are the Roman Baths, the ancient Roman spa built above Baths hot springs: while you may not be able to swim you can still marvel at the amazingly preserved structures. Another one of Bath’s most iconic sights is the Royal Crescent, a stretch of 30 houses in front of the beautiful Royal Victoria Park. Wherever you wander in Bath you will notice the beautiful color of the city, this is due to the golden Bath stone that is used to construct most of the buildings.
Where to Stay:
The Halcyon Hotel Apartments, Henry Street are located only 200 yards from the Roman Baths and a short walk from Bath Abbey, perfectly located for your architectural adventure. These fully serviced apartments come with all the home comforts you need to relax after a day exploring this beautiful city.
5. Chicago, USA
Chicago is a city set on the bank of Lake Michigan, Illinois. Its architecture is often considered some of the most interesting in the US and reflects its multicultural history. A fire in 1871 enveloped much of the downtown area destroying many of the historic buildings, making way for a rise in original new architecture. The eager design devotee should make sure not to miss the Aqua Tower, The Art Institute and the Sears Tower. Built in 1973 at the time it was the tallest building in the world and held that title for 25 years. A visit to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without a photo in front of the beautiful mirrored sculpture, cloud gate also known as the “Bean”.
Where to Stay:
Freehand Chicago is a hotel that has both private and shared rooms for every kind of traveler. Its central location makes it a great choice for exploring the city and it’s only a 15 minute walk from the beach.
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