Lewis Bradbury asked a $5/week draftsman with no architectural training to design his $500,000 building in 1892. Wyman agreed after consulting his dead brother via Oija board. The Bradbury Building in LA is a National Historic Landmark and appeared in movies such as Blade Runner.
Stockholm has a 20-story light up tower and the color of every floor can be changed by anyone with a smartphone. It’s meant to be a statement on the power of democracy and the the public.
The design of the tallest residential building in the world, 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is inspired by a trash can.
The reason buildings in Hong Kong have gaping holes is to allow dragons free passage from their mountain homes to the sea.
A parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a “stunning” design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties.
There is a Buddhist Temple complex in Thailand made out of over 1.5 million empty beer bottles.
If you clap your hands in front of Chichen Itza’s El Castillo pyramid, the echo will sound like a chirping bird.
The Euro currency was designed featuring imagery of fictitious bridges to represent architectural stylings throughout time in Europe, also serving to not feature one country while discriminating others. The Netherlands then built the bridges anyways.
Newgrange in Ireland is older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids in Giza. On the morning of the winter solstice every year the rising sun shines down the entrance passageway and illuminates the burial chamber at the end. This only happens for a few minutes, once a year.
There is a public toilet on a busy sidewalk, made of 1-way mirrors, in London.