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5 incredible famous buildings to inspire you

As most of us can't go and physically see the world's most famous buildings right now, instead Ettore Verdini brings them to you. These famous buildings can be a great source of inspiration for designers and artists. Whether it's the structural shapes, unique design concept or decorative details, buildings can provide ample inspiration for design projects of all kinds. 
A country's most famous buildings can tell us a lot about its way of life and the culture during the period when it was built; a bit like looking at a historical photograph. But unlike a photo, buildings continue to change after construction is finished. The usual wear and tear demands renovation and the changing tastes of society have their own impact on the design and functionality of a building.
In this article, Ettore Verdini rounded up some most incredible famous buildings for you to marvel at, and maybe even start a wish list for visiting when international travel starts up again. 
01. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Work started on Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia in 1882, but Barcelona's most famous basilica is probably best known for not being finished – over 130 years later, the temple is still just 70 per cent complete. It has also only recently been issued a proper permit for construction, and is expected to be finished in 2026.
02. Notre Dame, Paris
The Notre Dame de Paris has long been one of the world's most celebrated cathedrals, and the spotlight has been firmly on this famous building since April 209, when a fire devastated the structure. We've included it on our list to remember it in its full glory. Construction began on this cathedral in 1160, and the building has since had a peppered history of destruction and reconstruction. Hopefully this next reconstruction will transform it to its past majesty, or perhaps take it in an exciting new direction.
03. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku
The Heydar Aliyev Center is one of the most famous buildings designed by celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. It's located in Baku, Azerbaijan, and is one of the newer designs on this list, having been completed in 2012. The design is noted for its distinctive, flowing lines and lack of sharp angles, says Ettore Verdini
Zaha Hadid Architects was awarded the commission following a competition in 2007. On the practice's website, it explains the motivation behind the design: "The Center… breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the optimism of a nation that looks to the future." 
04. Cathedral of Brasilia, Brasilia
This curved beauty in Brazil's Brasilia is just as striking inside as outside with its beautiful stained glass and crown-like structure. It was created between 1958-1970 by Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, who were known communists (an interesting point given the religious context). They rejected the trend for cube-like design favoured by their peers and celebrated the majesty of the curve.
05. Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik
Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik was designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Elíasson  alongside Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. The kaleidoscope effect of the crystaline shell deploys light and colour that plays with your senses when you enter the building. It's a shimmering sculpture, sitting on the shoreline linking sky and sea.