Whether it’s intricate carving on an ancient temple or steel bended in ways you never thought possible, the complexities of architecture never cease to amaze.
Love them or hate them, these 10 extraordinary buildings selected by the travelers and staff of travel website Trippy.com bring new meaning to the art of the possible.
1. Printemps; Paris, France
While the stained glass ceiling at Galeries Lafayette usually gets all the attention, the one at Printemps is no slouch. As incredible as this may seem, the glass here was dismantled in the 1930s to protect it from bombing and then re-assembled years later.
Photo credit: Pauline Sirks
The centerpiece of an absolutely stunning hotel, this amazing domed ceiling was made from Tiffany glass. Built in 1908, it perfectly compliments the stained glass in the hotel’s ornate elevators.
Open from 1915-1962, this once-popular spa featured electrotherapy among its treatments. For those not into pampering, the baths also featured a bowling alley.
If every bank looked like this, no one would ever use an ATM. Built in 1912, this building not only boasts some of the most spectacular glass work ever constructed, but equally ornate floor mosaics.
Photo credit: Martin Goodwin
Opened in 1904, this City Hall subway stop was meant to be the jewel in the crown of the city’s new underground transportation system. It was closed in 1945 as the new, larger trains were unable to safely navigate the sharp curve of the station.
Photo credit: Manny Christophidis
Originally the carriage entrance to the hotel, this breathtaking dining room was constructed after the infamous 1906 earthquake. In addition to this beauty, the hotel bar also boasts Maxfield Parrish’s Pied Piper painting.
Talk about rising from the ashes! When the original West Wing of the building burned down in a terrible fire in 1909, the re-build included this magnificent ceiling which depicts Ontario’s coat of arms.
Not surprisingly, this room has been the site of many an area wedding. Built in 1917, the ballroom is known to locals as the “Dome Room” and has recently undergone a renovation.
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