Lamudi takes a look at lesser-known structures around the world
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia, April 22, 2015: On January 4, 2010, Burj Khalifa opened to the public. To this day, there are a few man-made structures that are so instantly recognisable to people all over the world. Burj Khalifa remains one of the world’s most iconic structures, providing the backdrop to many a love story.
Yet there are plenty of lesser-known but worthy structures that go without recognition. Global property network Lamudi looks at 10 stunning but often overlooked structures around the world.
Makoko Floating School
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Built for the waterfront slum of Makoko in Nigeria’s largest city, the floating school is a pilot project that is designed to address the twin challenges of climate change and population growth in coastal Africa. The wooden school structure is built on a floatation platform made of plastic barrels and was produced using local materials and resources.
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Pakistan’s stunning flower-shaped national monument represents the country’s four provinces and three territories. From the air, the monument appears in the shape of a star and crescent moon - reflecting the symbols shown on Pakistan’s flag.
Museo el Castillo
Location: Medellín, Colombia
A French castle is the last thing visitors to Colombia’s second largest city would expect to see. Once the home of a wealthy family, the Museo el Castillo was built in 1930 in the style of a Gothic castle encircled with French-style gardens. The building now houses the belongings of its former tenants, including artwork and furniture.
Moscow School of Management
Location: Skolkovo, Russia
Designed by Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye, the Moscow School of Management, or SKOLKOVO, is the largest private business school in Russia. The building was designed to function as an entirely independent community to protect its residents from the country’s harsh winters. Accommodation is available on site for students, teachers and administrative staff.
Moulay Ismail Mausoleum
Location: Meknès, Morocco
The mausoleum is the final resting place of Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif, a sultan of Meknès in the 17th Century and one of Morocco’s greatest rulers. Open to non-Muslim visitors, the building’s beautiful courtyards and inner shrine are stunning examples of Moroccan craftsmanship.
Museum of Islamic Arts
Location: Doha, Qatar
Located on the Doha waterfront, the museum houses a large collection of Islamic art, as well as an education center and library. The building’s design by award-winning architect I.M. Pei was heavily influenced by ancient Islamic architecture and draws its inspiration from the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo.
Location: Mandalay, Myanmar
This historic Buddhist monastery is one of the best examples of traditional Burmese teak architecture and wood-carving in Myanmar. Also known as the Golden Palace Monastery, the structure is the only surviving building of the former Royal Palace built by King Mindon in the mid-nineteenth century.
Location: Western Sumatra, Indonesia
Pagaruyung Palace was the royal palace of the Pagaruyung Kingdom, the seat of the Minangkabau kings of West Sumatra. It is an example of traditional Rumah Gadang architecture, the style of housing built by the Minangkabau ethnic group. Originally built from timber, the palace has been destroyed by fire several times, most recently in 2007. These days it houses a museum and is a popular tourist destination.
José Vasconcelos Library
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Named after José Vasconcelos, the philosopher and former president of the National Library of Mexico, this building is both a library and a botanical garden. The steel, concrete and glass building is offset by its natural surroundings of water and gardens. But it is the stunning interior of this building that secures its inclusion on this list.
Islamic Development Bank
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
While the Kingdom Center Building is easily Saudi Arabia’s most recognisable building, the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah is just as noteworthy. Combining Islamic design with modern architecture, the structure is actually two individual towers united under a single roof structure to give the appearance of a single office building.