5 buildings that defy gravity (photos)

April 17, 2024  20:24

Tall skyscrapers piercing the clouds, buildings that seem to be standing only thanks to magic and are about to topple... there are many buildings and other structures today that seem to defy gravity itself.

NEWS.am Tech editors present to your attention five architectural wonders that demonstrate the ingenuity and innovation of modern engineering.

Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This iconic skyscraper in Abu Dhabi is tilted at a staggering 18 degrees, earning it the nickname "The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi". However, unlike its counterpart in Pisa, the “Capital Gate” was designed exactly this way: thanks to complex and innovative architectural solutions, specialists managed to make the structure stable, despite its sharp slope.

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel Complex, Singapore

This resort complex in Singapore consists of three towers that seem to hang from a surfboard - their common roof. The illusion of defying gravity is achieved through a complex network of cables and supports hidden within the structure. The rooftop itself features an infinity pool, lush gardens and an observation deck, offering breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline.

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Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China

This pedestrian bridge crosses a breathtaking canyon in Zhangjiajie National Park, China. Constructed of transparent glass panels both underfoot and on the sides, the bridge offers visitors a truly unique experience. Despite its seemingly fragile appearance, the bridge is incredibly durable - it is built from high-strength tempered glass with a steel frame.

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The Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweden

This striking skyscraper in Malmo, Sweden appears to have been twisted 90 degrees. To achieve such a design, specialists had to solve difficult engineering problems. Each floor of this 54-story skyscraper is slightly rotated compared to the one below, creating a spiral effect.

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MahaNakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

The façade of this skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand, looks like it's made out of pixels or Lego blocks - and part of it is about to fall off and fall. The building's innovative design truly defies convention and captures the imagination.

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