More than 4 billion people live in urban areas globally. It’s now projected that by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. So no wonder we pay more importance to the buildings and structures around us.

And among countless poorly executed, dysfunctional, and aesthetically nauseating architecture examples (just take a look at our previous post with architecture so bad it got shamed by people), there are some gems that landed in this list.

From vertical gardens to incredible brickwork, and anything that combines function, creativity, skill and complements the surrounding area in a beautiful way, there’s a real feast for your eyes. Scroll down through the examples of architects outdoing themselves, and upvote your favorite ones! Psst! Part 1 of this post awaits right here.

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#1 Fort Bourtange, Netherlands


#2 This Vertical Garden Located In Madrid, Spain


#3 Entrance Gate Of The St. Petersburg Mosque, Russia. Designed By Architect Nikolai Vasilyev


#4 The 17th Century Shah Jahan Mosque In Pakistan, Notable For Its Geometric Brick Work


#5 Apartment Building In Turin Holds 150 Trees


#6 Mont Saint Michel In France


#7 Buildings By Freddy Mamani In El Alto, Bolivia


#8 Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan, Late 16th Century


#9 The Ark Of Bukhara Is A Fortress Located In Uzbekistan


#10 Eltz Castle Is Located In Wierschem, Germany And Has Been Owned And Occupied By The Same Family For Over 850 Years…


#11 Sumela Monastery, A Greek Orthodox Monastery Originally Established Around Ad 386 Nestled In A Steep Cliff At An Altitude Of 1200 Meters, Trabzon Province, Turkey


#12 Art Nouveau Architecture Of A House Built In The 1880’s In Brussels, Belgium


#13 Oslo Opera House Designed In 1999 By Snøhetta And Finished In 2007


#14 Spitzhäuschen, A Narrow Half-Timbered House Built In 1416 Located In Bernkastel-Kues, Germany


#15 Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran


#16 This 325-Year-Old Tree Was Utilized In The Building Design When Authorities In Turkey Would Not Allow For Its Removal


#17 Egypt


#18 A Rooftop Restaurant/Cafe In Chongqing, China


#19 The Iwan Ceiling Of Fatima Masumeh Shrine In Iran


#20 Ljubljana, Slovenia


#21 The Zip Building, Milan


#22 Dating Back To The 15th Century, Plaza Mayor Is A Major Public Space In The Heart Of Madrid, The Capital Of Spain


#23 Edinburgh Castle And Its Half Moon Battery Seen From The Vennel Steps In The Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland


#24 From The Middle Kingdom


#25 Gloucester Cathedral


#26 Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan


#27 Venice, Italy


#28 15th Century Castle Of Coca In Central Spain


#29 Ribbon Chapel In Onomichi, Japan


#30 Cubic Windows


#31 Arnavutköy, A Neighborhood Away From Istanbul’s Touristic Hustle


#32 Sun Rays Through The Double Lancet Windows Of Westminster Abbey, City Of Westminster, London, UK


#33 Writer’s Museum, Edinburgh, In The Fog


#34 Burg Hochosterwitz, A Castle Built On A Limestone Rock Which Was First Mentioned In A Text In 860 And Continuously Fortified Until The 16th Century. Still Owned By The Noble Khevenhüller Family After The Acquisition In 1571. Carinthia, Austria


#35 Children Standing In Front Of One Of The Main Doors Of Casablanca Mosque


#36 Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary


#37 Villa Farnese, A 16th Century Pentagonal Renaissance Mansion Built On The Fortress Foundations In The Town Of Caprarola, Viterbo, Northern Lazio, Italy


#38 140 Meters High Ruyi Bridge In China


#39 The Burnt Farm Cottage Built With Red Brick In The 1840s, Borough Of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, Southern England


#40 Galtaji Hindu Temple Located In Aravalli Hills In Jaipur Of India. Temple Complex Have Many Natural Freshwater Springs


#41 The Interior Of Barcelona’s Sagrada Família, Designed By Antoni Gaudí. Construction Began In 1882- And It’s Still Not Finished. It’s Expected To Be Completed By 2026, Just In Time For The 100th Anniversary Of Gaudí’s Death


#42 Victorian House In Matawan, New Jersey


#43 Mahkama Du Pacha – Casablanca, Morocco


#44 The Waves, Vejle, Denmark


#45 Partington Point House By Richard Clements, Renovated By Mickey Muennig (1995)


#46 19th Century Victorian Gothic Cottage Framed By The Arch Of The Gatehouse At Holly Village, Highgate, North London, UK


#47 Capt James Taylor House, A 1892 Queen Anne Victorian In Marine City, St. Clair County, Michigan


#48 Xiaoshan Science And Technology City Venture Valley, Hangzhou, China


#49 The Eclectic Villa Monastero On The Shores Of Lake Como, Varenna, Lombardy, Italy


#50 45-Story Buildings In Guiyang, China


#51 Habitat 67 In Montreal


#52 Tropical Island Near Berlin In Germany Build In An Old Zeppelin Hangar


#53 A Masterpiece Of Armenian Medieval Architecture, Ani Cathedral, Built 1001


#54 Jeroen Van Dam, Noisy Le Grand, Paris, France


#55 A Closest Church In South Korea


#56 Schloss Clemenswerth, The 18th Century Baroque Hunting Complex With Its Central Pavilion Surrounded By Eight Smaller Lodges For Guests. Sögel, Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany


#57 Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Singapore


#58 Inner Courtyard Surrounded By Walls Of Greenery In Plaza Athénée, A Historic Haussmann-Style Hotel That First Opened In 1913, Avenue Montaigne, 8th Arrondissement Of Paris, France


#59 This Cafe In Czech Republic


#60 Built In 1891, The Hunter House, Detroit, Michigan


#61 Luma Arles (Frank Gehry, France, 2021)


#62 Grand Staircase Of The Second Empire Style Palais Garnier Completed In 1875, 9th Arrondissement Of Paris, France


#63 Cologne Cathedral. Masterpiece Of Gothic Architecture. Years Build : 1248 – 1880


#64 Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque,esfehan,iran


#65 Tropical Treehouse, Bali


#66 Entrance Hall Divided With Triple-Arched Columned Screen In Taitlands, A Recently Restored 19th-Century Greek Revival Country House Located In Stainforth, North Yorkshire, England


#67 Front Of House, Back Of House. Dubbed “The Mullet House”


#68 Sainte-Chapelle | Paris


#69 The Great Mosque, Mosul, Iraq


#70 Air Force Academy’s Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, USA


#71 Kashan Bazaar,iran


#72 Hotel Le Bouton, Vietnam / D1 Architectural Studiov


#73 Clean Line Cabin. The Duel Aspect Glazing Is Very Dialed


#74 Residence In Napa California


#75 Axel Towers, Copenhagen, Denmark


#76 The Caserta Royal Palace In Italy Is The Largest Royal Residence In The World


#77 An Architecture Example From 16th Century In France


#78 Villa Erba, A 19th Century Villa With A Neoclassical Facade Built On The Shores Of Lake Como, Now Used As A Convention And Exhibition Space, Lombardy, Italy


#79 The Interior Of The Hyatt Regency, Atlanta


#80 Santuario Madonna Della Corona At Lake Garda In Italy Was Directly Built Into A Steep Rock Face


#81 Ryazan, Russia


#82 Broadbeach, Gold Coast


#83 Hermann Weinhardt House Built In 1888 In Chicago, Il


#84 Hongen Temple, Chongqing


#85 The Central Interior Of Leadenhall Market, London


#86 The “Winter Garden” Inside The Hôtel De La Païva, A Large 19th Century Townhouse That Has Been Used As A Gentlemen’s Club For More Than A Century, Avenue Des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France


#87 Imperial Staircase Made Of Oak Wood In Castel Savoia, A 19th Century Eclectic Style Villa Built For The Queen Consort Of The Kingdom Of Italy Margherita Of Savoy As A Holiday Home, Valle D’aosta, Northwestern Italy


#88 Castello Di Reschio In Lisciano Niccone, Italy


#89 Home In Watch Hill, Rhode Island


#90 Tower Of Terror, At Tokyo Disneysea


#91 Kasteel De Haar, The Largest Castle In The Netherlands Mostly Rebuilt In The 16th Century And Restored Extensively In The 19th Century. Utrecht, Netherlands


#92 1920s Tudor Revival Building Housing A Department Store In The West End Of London, UK


#93 One Of The Rare Examples When Soviet Brutalism Looks Good. Cooperative Union Building, Vilnius, 1979


#94 Potala Palace, Tibet


#95 Arango Marbrisa House By John Lautner In Mexico (1973)


#96 Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka


#97 Marienplatz Station, Munich, Germany


#98 Mcdonalds In The Art Deco Former ‘United Kingdom Hotel’, Clifton Hill Melbourne Australia


#99 Fontana Di Trevi, Roma

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