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Travel + Leisure: World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings

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The future is now in Dubai, London, and other cities being reshaped by these cool new buildings.
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One Bligh Street

Another feat of green urban design, this high-rise office building in Sydney’s Central Business District features a double-skin glass façade, a naturally ventilated central atrium, and computer-controlled shades that flood the building with natural light while maintaining comfortable...

Ozone

In this era of ever-more-outré architectural design, we can dine in haute interiors like those found at Ozone, a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong—on the top floor of the 118-story International Commerce Center. Indeed, Ozone opened in 2011 to great fanfare as the “highest bar in the...

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

The design for Cleveland’s new MOCA (which debuted in late 2012) comes courtesy of London-based Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi, whose brief was to create an eye-catching space for both artists and visitors. The gleaming structure rises 60 feet high from a hexagonal base, its exterior made up...

Gardens by the Bay

This immersive, slightly trippy garden fantasyland, opened in 2011, is made up of various botanical attractions designed as sustainable public spaces. Highlights include the “Supertree Grove,” a forest of 16-story-high man-made structures covered with living plants and boasting...

MONA - Museum of Old & New Art

Unlike most of the cool buildings on our list, this one hides largely out of sight. Entrepreneur and art collector David Walsh commissioned Melbourne architect Nonda Katsalidis to create a three-level structure in the cliffs around the Berriedale peninsula near Hobart. Part of the rationale for...

Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building opened in early 2010 and remains one of the most talked-about structures. Why? Not only is the Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building (2,716.5 feet), it’s also the tallest free-standing structure, with the highest number of stories, the highest occupied floor,...

The Crystal

This dynamic, low-rise glass building—touted as one of the world’s greenest at its 2012 unveiling—hosts the largest exhibition on urban sustainability. Set in the Royal Victoria Docks, the heart of London's new Green Enterprise District, the building is inspired by crystalline forms, a...

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Opened in December 2012, this 180,000-square-foot facility, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, is itself a feat of scientific ingenuity. His firm Morphosis Architects set a goal of creating an attractive urban environment that also adheres to green principles. Hence...

Galaxy Soho Building

Given China’s reputation for bold and speedy construction, it’s no surprise that 2012 marked the arrival of this cool new building in the capital city of Beijing. Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid—the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize—this 18-story office, retail, and...

Tjuvholmen Icon Building

Renzo Piano designed this arts and culture center which debuted in 2012 along a disused harbor southwest of Oslo’s city center. Bridges link three buildings—a museum, office space, and culture center—across canals formed from reclaimed land, and a sculpture park gently slopes toward the sea....