14 Architects Who Came Up With Things That Are Incredibly Impressive

Most of the time we walk down the street, either in our hometowns or somewhere far away, and notice the buildings around us. We might think some look cool, or that others are weird and ugly, but in truth, most of the time they’re easily forgotten.

Then there are times when you look up, stop in your tracks, and have to pick your jaw up off the ground because something is so, so beautiful it just stuns you into silence.

These 14 designs fall into that last category, and you’re going to have to see them to believe them.

14. Y’all. Y’ALL.

Can’t you just see Cleopatra sweeping up these steps?

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13. You’ve gotta save the trees.

I didn’t think you could make them more beautiful, though.

This 325-year-old tree was utilized in the building design when authorities in Turkey would not allow for its removal
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12. An impressive fortress.

I mean, I’d just turn around and go home. How about you?

The Ark of Bukhara is a fortress located in Uzbekistan.
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11. How adorable is this?

Right out of a storybook.

The Burnt Farm Cottage built with red brick in the 1840s, Borough of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, southern England.
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10. This doesn’t look real.

It’s like a window into another world.

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
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9. Business in the front.

Party in the back. I love it.

Front of house, back of house. Dubbed “The Mullet House”
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8. It’s so modern, but also so whimsical.

What an achievement.

Ribbon Chapel in Onomichi, Japan
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7. I don’t even know where to look.

This is absolutely stunning.

Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Photo credit to u/vikasnepal)
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6. The Bavarian castles are perfection.

Straight out of a fairytale.

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.
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5. In progress for over a hundred years.

I hope I’m alive to see it finished.

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.
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4. Built right into the wall.

Like it sprung out there by itself.

Galtaji Hindu temple located in Aravalli hills in Jaipur of India. Temple complex have many natural freshwater springs.
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3. It’s so interesting.

I could look at it for hours.

Art Nouveau architecture of a house built in the 1880’s in Brussels, Belgium.
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2. I wonder if the food is as good as the design.

It seems impossible but I’m willing to give it a try.

A rooftop restaurant/cafe in Chongqing, China
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1. This is wonderfully strange.

I would like to see more stuff like this, wouldn’t you?

The Zip building, Milan
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I’m stunned and I absolutely want to see every last one of these in person.

What’s your favorite building that you’ve seen with your own two eyes? Tell us about it in the comments!