City Spaces

Lloyd’s Building (London)

Built in the late 1970s, it was an innovative idea of its time because of services like staircase, lifts, ductwork, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The 12 glass lifts were the first of their kind in the UK.

Mind House, Barcelona, Spain

The entrance gate of the park is framed with two gingerbread houses; one being topped with the toadstool, the other having a toadstool along with a cross-shaped window on the front wall. The Mind House, as it is known, tops the 10 creative buildings of the world.
The promoter wanted to sell the homes as mansions, but failed to do so. Finally, it was sold to the government, which converted it into a park. Of the seven dozen homes which were planned, only two were built for promotions.
The house has three floors and an attic, with the roof painted in a white and grey checked pattern. Outside the gates there are wide staircase with the fountains, Catalonian coat of arms and a huge mosaic lizard, which has become the symbol of Barcelona.
The staircase leads to the top of the hill where the huge terrace is positioned, surrounded by the long winding bench. The park terrace serves as a roof for the hall, embedded in the hill.

Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada

Habitat 67 is a model housing complex in Montreal. It comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concreate forms arranged in combinations which make the height equal to that of a 12-story building. The units create 146 residencies of different sizes. The objective was to integrate the benefits of suburban homes, gardens, fresh air, privacy and multileveled environments, keeping in mind the economics and the density of a modern apartment design.
In March 2012, it won an online Lego Architecture poll and was added on the list of famous building that inspire to be a replica of Lego sets.

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Built originally for the 1958 Brussels World’s fair, the 102-m high Atomium was designed by André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak. The stainless steel clad spheres are connected in such a manner that in a whole it forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal.
Six of the nine spheres are accessible to the public. The central tube in the structure contains a fast elevator which allows 22 people to reach in 23 seconds.

THE GATEWAY ARCH, ST LOUIS

Astounding 630-feet high, the magnificent Gateway Arch remains the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. Its unique shape and stainless-steel facade represent the history etched in the city of St. Louis. An enclosed tram inside the Arch takes you to the top, where one gets a breathtaking view of modern St. Louis – up to 30 miles in each direction on a clear day. Along with the surrounding Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Gateway Arch opens a world of history how St. Louis served as the Gateway to the West for early settlers.

SAGRADA FAMÍLIA, BARCELONA

The Basílica Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is largely an unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). Gaudí’s work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it as a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral, which is seat of a bishop.
Also, six other Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, part of la Sagrada Família, are declared UNESCO World Heritage Site testifying “to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to architecture and building technology which influenced many modern constructions in 20th century.