Modern architecture knows no limits! Here’s a list of some amazing facts about architecture form all over the world.



Have you ever been to or seen a very unusual building? If so, where was it and what was so special about the building?




Think about it

  • What did a postman in France build?
  • What is Googie architecture?
  • Which buildings were shaped like baskets?
  • What’s the story behind Crooked House?
  • Where do you have to go to see a house which looks like it’s upside down?
  • What’s the Kettle House?
  • Who was Alvar Aalto?
  • What’s so unusual about Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna?
  • How tall will a hotel in North Korea be once it’s completed?
  • Which building is covered with aluminium discs? How many discs were used?
  • Name some objects and animals after which some buildings have been shaped.


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank space with the verbs in brackets use in correct forms and tenses.

Zaha Hadid ________ (be) the first woman ________ (receive) the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She ________ (receive) the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she ________ (make) a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in 2015 she ________ (become) the first and only woman ________ (award) the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

She ________ (describe) by The Guardian of London as the ‘Queen of the curve’, who “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity.” Her major works include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. Some of her designs ________ (present) posthumously, including the statuette for the 2017 Brit Awards, and many of her buildings ________ (be) still under construction, including the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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