Many people attribute Frank Lloyd Wright with “fathering” of the modern architectural era but he was just one of many contemporaries that studied at the feet of Louis Sullivan (the coiner of the phrase “form ever follows function,” and, by extension, the architects of the ancient and Renaissance eras. Still, his design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City is, unarguably, a feat of defiant genius. This squat building has no corners. It is a spiral, so it is technically is simultaneously a six-storied and one floored building. It is a glossy white color, making it completely unexpected and a stark contrast to the dull-colored brick or concrete, elongated, block-shaped buildings of Manhattan that surround it. Even today it is considered quintessential modern architecture.

What makes this even more impressive, particularly to generations of people who grew up with computers and digital design tools is that he designed it without the aid of computer simulations or computations. Today, our architectural innovations seem to be the brainchildren of designers who know how to manipulate construction drawing management tools and high tech graphics programs.

There are some who believe that the computer has done for architecture what the printing press did for literature. It has made it more accessible without taking away the need for innovation and creativity. At the same time there is something to be said for the romanticism of vellum and graphite. Whichever medium these architects used to first “sketch” their visions, one thing is for sure: modern architecture really dresses up a skyline.

Here we have presented a great collection of 25 stunning modern architecture to inspire you!

Iron Bank

Iron bank building

Fennel Residence

Floating-Fennell-Residence 2

Chinese National Stadium

Chinese National Stadium

Capital Gate

Capital Gate

Daewon Park

Daewon Park

Casa Son Vida

Casa Son Vida

Museum of Middle East

Museum of Middle East

Beko MasterPlan

Beko MasterPlan

Modern Toll Booth

Modern Toll Booth

Chongming Bicycle Park

Chongming Bicycle Park

Yas Hotel

Yas Hotel

BMW Headquarters

BMW Headquarters

Nettleton 198

Nettleton 198

Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale

Opera House Tenerife

Opera House Tenerife

Dragonfly Vertical Farm

Dragonfly Vertical Farm

Maha Nakhon

Maha Nakhon

Wohan Pebble

Wohan Pebble

Lisbon Orient Station

Lisbon Orient Station

Library of Alexandria

Library of Alexandria

Brandenburg Technical University

Brandenburg Technical University

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Cornerstone – JaJa Architects

Cornerstone – JaJa Architects

Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

TWA Flight Center

TWA Flight Center

What makes this even more impressive, particularly to generations of people who grew up with computers and digital design tools is that he designed it without the aid of computer simulations or computations. Today, our architectural innovations seem to be the brainchildren of designers who know how to manipulate construction drawing management tools and high tech graphics programs.