Top 16 Coolest Buildings In The World
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
One of the most recognized buildings in the world, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, is full of ancient Roman culture and traditions. Commissioned in 70-72 A.D. by the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty, the Colosseum was meant to be an amphitheater to host many forms of entertainment for the people of Rome that included games, animal fights, and brutal gladiator combats. The arena opened in 80 A.D. and began with 100 days of games and entertainment, which continued to be used for over four centuries. Archaeologists have found evidence of drinking fountains and bathrooms located within the Colosseum, which was an amazing architectural advance for the times. Afterward, through the 18th century, the Colosseum was used for building materials. Though the great arena has had over half of it’s architecture destroyed over time, the great Colosseum still stands and is a popular tourist destination that represents the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
Gardens By The Bay, Marina Bay, Singapore
The Gardens By The Bay in Singapore is one of the top ten gardens in the world. The gardens were built to eventually become the premier urban outdoor recreation space, as well as become a symbol of the nation of Singapore. Completed in 2012, Gardens By The Bay consist of three large parts; the central garden, the east garden, and the west garden. The gardens have two conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The most dominant feature of the Gardens By The Bay would be the Supertrees Grove. The large, tree-like structures stand between 25-50 meters in height, and also function as vertical gardens to help provide shelter and shading to other plants. The Supertrees contain environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees. Solar energy panels help provide the Supertrees with energy to light the area and collect rainwater for the gardens. There is also a children’s garden with a tree house and adventure trail.