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Civic structures shape cities - the best examples of institutional architecture stand out from the crowd and declare themselves as objects rather than infill. From sensational schools, colleges and universities to magnificent museums, theaters and opera halls, here are some buildings well worth viewing (and visiting should you ever find yourself in the relevant city!).
Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest 1-Floor Library
A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.
Walk on the Wild (Out)side: 14 Stunning Exterior Staircases
Some are so steep they're nearly vertical. Some cantilever from a wall ten stories off the ground, with no handrail. Some lead to the roofs of houses, while ...
Floating Islands Add 100,000 Square Feet to Downtown Seoul
Beyond merely extending solid ground like most downtown-on-the-water expansions, this project creates new mobile infrastructure right out on the waves.
Gold Metal Architecture: Olympic Stadiums, 1896 – 2012
From 1896 to 2012, here are some attentio-grabbing standout structures of the Olympic Games including stadiums, velodromes, aquatics centers, towers and more.
Skateable Sculpture in France Glows in the Dark
A new skate park on an island in France doubles as an art installation and glows an eerie green at night thanks to an application of phosphorescent paint.
Underground Art: The Repurposed Oil Tanks at Tate Modern
The expansion of the Tate Modern in London includes two oil tanks that were part of the original power plant complex, now venues for live performance art.
Celebratory Nanshan Marriage Registration Center Covered in Confetti
Urbanus architects give Chinese couples a beautiful, celebratory space set on a reflecting pool in Shenzen to have a civil ceremony.
Watching Wisely: 7 Owl-Shaped Japanese Police Stations
Japan's police really give a hoot! These 7 Fukuro Koban put a friendly face on local policing while reminding citizens their protectors are always on watch.
Olympic Disguise: Titanium Fish Screen Installation for London
An 820-foot-long titanium school of fish was installed in London for the summer to hide a 1970s shopping center from view of Olympic visitors.
Creative Coverage: New Roof Preserves Archaeological Ruins
A 1500-year-old abbey constantly threatened by stones falling from an abutting cliffside is now protected by a beautiful, modern suspended roof.