Here Are The Contemporary Buildings That Redefined Recent Architecture

From Santiago Calatrava‘s Oculus to the Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel, these structures go above and beyond their vertical height in redefining the ever-changing world of architecture. These 10 contemporary buildings redefined architecture in the past 5 years, and Design Limited Edition is here to show you why.

Foundation Louis Vuitton (2014) by Frank Gehry (Paris)

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Frank Gehry, completed the phenomenal Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2014. The vessel-shaped glass structure sits among the trees and lawns of Paris’s Bois de Boulogne. The contemporary building is filled with LVMH’s impressive art collection, with works ranging from Kusama and Abramovi´c to Matisse and Giacometti spread throughout the 126,000-square-foot, two-and-a-half-story space.

Shanghai Tower (2015) by Gensler (Shanghai)

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Designed by Gensler and completed in 2015, the 2,073 foot-tall Shanghai Tower (pictured in the centre) has a seemingly endless list of records: tallest building in China, second tallest in the world, world’s tallest observation deck, and the world’s second-fastest elevator system. Yet, shockingly, that list almost pales in comparison with the fact that the firm’s design of the contemporary building—an asymmetrical form with rounded corners—saved some $58 million in material cost versus a traditional angular build of the same size.

432 Park Avenue (2015) by Rafael Viñoly (New York)

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Rafael Viñoly‘s 432 Park Avenue is the tallest completed residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and as such, demands one’s attention in a way that no residential building ever has. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the 1,396 foot-tall skyscraper can be seen from all five boroughs. Its silhouette dominates New York’s skyline from every angle, in cars, trains, and aeroplanes alike.

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