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Building Icons

Every three months, we publish an article from the series on selected iconic buildings that have significant impacts on the environment, locality, city or country. We aim to introduce our readers to individual buildings from the economic, architectonic and urban perspectives but also to present them as inspiration for modern construction in the Czech Republic.

Elbe Philharmonic Hall

Elbe Philharmonic Hall is the tallest building in the city with its total height of 110 metres. It is located in the HafenCity quarter on the territory of the former free harbour, which lost its importance with the development of free trade in the European Union and thus provided space for new development. The construction lasted 10 years and raised to EUR 789 million. Find out more about this unique building and a new city symbol of Hamburg.

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Elbe Philharmonic Hall

CCTV Tower in Beijing

The Chinese would not have come up with such a project, and Europeans would not have built it. Those are the words of Rem Koolhaas, the man behind the CCTV Tower in Beijing. Regardless of whether this is the case or not, one thing is certain: the construction of this building was a challenge from the very outset. For one there is seismic activity in and around Beijing. How high does the CCTV Tower stand, how much did it cost to construct and what purpose does it serve?


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CCTV Tower in Beijing

Sydney Opera House

Almost everybody knows the Sydney Opera House. But did you know that it was necessary to employ innovative construction solutions and materials that are remarkable even at present, 40 years after the building’s completion? And that the original budget of USD 10 million increased nearly 15 times to USD 144 million?


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Opera Sydney

Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena is a football stadium in Munich which serves as a home stadium for two football clubs: FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich.


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Allianz Arena

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands is a multi-purpose building complex in Singapore consisting of a hotel with 2,560 rooms, a congress centre, a shopping centre, two theatres, several restaurants, a museum and a casino.


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Marina Bay Sands Hotel

La Grande Arche

La Grande Arche is a modern building inspired by the Arc de Triomphe which became the most distinguished construction of the modern business district La Défense in Paris. 


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La Grande Arche

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center (abbreviated as 1 WTC) is an office building in Manhattan, New York City (USA). This skyscraper was built in the vicinity of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.


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One World Trade Center

Dancing House

The Dancing House, as one of the few Czech modern buildings, ranks among iconic constructions not only in the Czech Republic but also worldwide. In 1997, the building received the highest award in the prestigious design contest of the Time magazine.


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Dancing House
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