The Coolest Buildings in Europe

Europe is home to many of the world’s most impressive works of architecture.

For those looking for a guide to the very best, Business Insider UK compiled a ranking of the coolest buildings and structures on the continent.

The full list features old and new pieces of architecture in the city and countryside, including museums, wineries, churches, and skyscrapers. Here’s the top 10…

10. The “Ideal Palace” in Hauterives, France, is the result of more than 33 years of work by the French postman Ferdinand Cheval.

9. The Church of Colònia Güell in Catalonia, by Antoni Gaudí, was never fully completed, but it is still unmissable.

8. The Palace of Italian Civilisation, nicknamed the “Square Colosseum,” is one of Rome’s more simple yet subtly beautiful buildings. Today, the building serves as the headquarters of the designer Fendi.

7. At an astonishing 290,000 square feet, the Emporia mall in Malmo, Sweden, is the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia.

6. The undulating concrete roof of Bodegas Ysios, a winery in Spain’s Rioja Alavesa, is used to produce the region’s iconic wine.

5. Temppeliaukio Church in the Finnish capital of Helsinki was built into a rock by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen before opening in 1969.

4. The world’s largest solar furnace can be found in Odeillo, France. It can reach temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celcius.

3. The 118-foot-tall zinc roof on the glass-fronted Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, makes a startling impression on the shore of the Clyde River in Glasgow.

2. The exterior of Gare do Oriente, a train station in Lisbon designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is made up of spires and large, skeleton-like wings.

1. The Lutheran Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík is the largest church in Iceland. The design — by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson — represents the flowing lava of Iceland’s active volcanoes.

1. The Lutheran Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík is the largest church in Iceland. The design — by state architect Guðjón Samúelsson — represents the flowing lava of Iceland’s active volcanoes.

Beautiful buildings, beautiful cities, beautiful surrounds. If you think you could potentially design the best building in Europe, nay the world, then you’ll need to start on one of our Civil Engineering courses here at The Sheffield College. Click here to see more…

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