Roofs come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re thinking of redoing your roof you might want to get inspired by these amazing, and very famous, examples from around the world.
- Sydney opera house
The Sydney Opera House is widely regarded as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century. The innovative design came from architect Jørn Utzon, who became famous for his entry to the ‘International competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point, Sydney’ when he was announced the winner.The curvaceous shapes atop this opera house make this structure unique throughout the world. Each of the “shells” are actually precast concrete panels covered by a total of over a million Swedish tiles.
- Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand
The King of Thailand is not one for modest or subtle architecture. The grounds of the Grand Palace span over 200,000 square metres. Perhaps one of the most famous elements of the Palace is the roof of the throne hall (known as Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat). Not only are the adornments complex and beautiful, but each one is chock full of symbolism pertaining to Thai culture and history.
- Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Often mistaken as a palace, this famous landmark was actually built as a tomb for the Emperor’s wife after she died giving birth to their 14th child.The Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture – an amalgamation of Persian, Turkish and Indian styles. Construction on the mausoleum began in 1632 and was completed in 1648.
- Centre Court
Weighing 1,000 tonnes and covering 5,200 square metres, the folding fabric concertina design is designed for maximum functionality and to be easily opened. The fabric is strong, flexible and translucent to help provide light and an airy feel. The roof of Centre Court has been designed to maintain pre-existing levels of light and air to the court when the roof is open, and when closed, an air flow system removes condensation and provide good court surface conditions conducive to the playing of tennis.
- Chrysler Building, NYC
In the early part of the 20th Century, people everywhere were in a race to build the tallest building. At the time, this stunning Art Deco skyscraper was almost outdone by the Bank of Manhattan but its spire (which was constructed in secret) enabled it to take the title of ‘tallest building in the world’ in 1930.It didn’t last long though. Just a year later the Empire State Building was erected. Designed by architect William Van Alen, the skyscraper was commissioned by car manufacturer Walter P Chrysler, hence its name.