World's Most Beautiful Buildings
ICMC at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany
many architects prefer the smoothest, clearest glass, Swiss firm Herzog & de
Meuron specializes in texture. This technologically sophisticated university
library, in an obscure corner of Eastern Germany, is clad in frosted glass—and embossed
with letters from the world’s alphabets. Shaped like an amoeba, with its
central spiral staircase in bright magenta and green, the seven-story building looks
like a carnival ride.
Theory: The free-form
building looks especially impressive because it’s surrounded by long, dull,
rectilinear buildings of the sort the East Germans were known for.