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16 Of The Sleekest Places On Planet Earth

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1. Khan Shatyr, Astana, Kazakhstan

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The neofuturist architecture of Khan Shatyr is absurdly striking, yet the interior is equally extraordinary. The entertainment center holds a park, shopping venues, mini-golf, and, oh yeah, A BEACH.

2. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, U.S.

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The museum's exterior, which appears to be overflowing ribbons of bent steel, is the product of the genius mind of architect Frank Gehry. 🌟 🌟 🌟

3. Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain

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How shall we even describe this? All we know is architect JΓΌrgen Mayer went all out when he ideated this mushroom-inspired building. For one of the dopest views of the city, you can chill at the panoramic terraces.

4. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

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Resembling the intrinsic elegance of a perfect quartz crystal, the museum first opened in 1914. Its interior is obviously old school, in the most Neo-Romanesque of ways (even though other retro styles were eventually incorporated), but you wouldn't guess its age by its crystal facade, a 2007 addition and a testament to the museum's commitment to architectural innovation.

5. The Forum Building, Barcelona, Spain

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Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron concocted this beauty to be the spitting image of – you guessed it – a sponge holding water. Sounds odd, but look how majestic it is! And check out that glimmering lower level – a mesh of reflecting materials that's very much like H2O. πŸ’¦

6. Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand, Norway

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Like honey melting onto a honeycomb, this abstract building provides immediate eye candy to all visitors. Plus, its auditoriums offer an otherworldly acoustic experience.

7. Supertree Grove, Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore

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Impossibly pleasing to the ears and eyes, the Supertrees in Singapore have the power to transport anyone to a magical alternate dimension.

8. Stuttgart City Library, Stuttgart, Germany

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The library may look simple from the outside (think a cube with lots of small, vertical windows), BUT, lo and behold, its interior is like a perfectly organized version of M.C. Escher's perfectly surrealist stairs.

9. Royal Library in the Black Diamond Building, Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal indeed, the structure of the library appears to be flowing like a body of water, and it's oh so marvelous. So, if this space does not make you want to read a book, we don't know what could.

10. Library and Learning Centre, University of Economics, Vienna, Austria

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Ah, to spent a day in Zaha Hadid's mind would've probably been like traveling in and out of a black hole, stopping for hot dogs at every celestial body as you make your way back to Earth. This learning center is a sublime example of contemporary architecture.

11. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China

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Very much looking like an ethereal floating body, "The Egg" building's main attraction is a mesmerizing dome comprised of sheets of ultra-white glass and an astounding 18,000 titanium plates. SLAY.

12. Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai, China

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Beautifying Shanghai's landscape since1991, the bridge connects the Huangpu River with the Pudong district, allowing the latter's development to blossom. πŸ˜‰

13. Seattle Central Library, Seattle, U.S.

This postmodernist jewel is a dazzling mix of steel and glass. Continuity and flexibility are integral parts of its design, planned specifically for maximizing performance.

14. Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, ReykjavΓ­k, Iceland

A sparkling structure indeed, the building's kaleidoscopic panels shine in a variety of colors, rhythmically and magically making it come alive as both the sun and the moon move through the sky. It didn't win the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2013 for nothing.

15. Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China

Zaha Hadid was back at it again with the architectural wizardry. This opera house can't help but transmit heavy intergalactic vibes, exploding and stretching with breathtaking beauty.

16. The Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S.

Showcasing flawless geometrical harmony and just serving as straight-up eye candy, the design of the library was meant to be "unpretentious, though in a handsome, inviting contemporary style."

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