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10 Most Beautiful Architectural Projects in the UK

Updated: May 8, 2019

Are you thinking about taking a trip around the UK to see some of the best and most beautiful architectural designs? If so, it’s important to know what to look for and where to go. So, here are some of the best, most beautiful and indeed impressive architectural designs across the UK that need to be seen to be believed.


1) Coal Drops Yard


Next to Kings Cross Station, you can now discover this brand new and exciting shopping center. It’s actually built from two abandoned coal warehouses from the 19th century and looks absolutely incredible as part of the modern city.



2) V&A


This beautiful building can be found on the shores of Dundee. It was created by a Japanese architect and the design is intended to be reminiscent of the jagged coastal rocks of Scotland.



3) Secular Retreat


Peter Zumthor’s living architectural creation can be found in Devon and was finished in 2018. Built from rammed concrete, there are striations in the solid structure.



4) Vault House


Vault House was created in York by a London Studio. It’s a brand new building, also finished in 2018 and has a barrel-vaulted extension. Visually this is a very impressive and true architectural work of art.



5) The Convention Centre


This building, located in Dublin has a rather unique and beautiful design. It leans towards the river and is built like a brick cube with a glass tube. It really is remarkable and the view it provides makes the nearby bridge look like a harp.



6) Kings Cross


If you happen to travel through Kings Cross Station in London, do take a moment to gaze up at the cream white ceiling. It’s designed to look like a tree opening up above you and is visually incredible. The designer actually received an OBE after it was unveiled in 2012.




7) The Royal Pavilion


This palace was actually originally owned by royalty until Queen Victoria sold it. It’s widely recognized due to the unique, dome structures on the roof that remind people of a building from another country entirely. You can discover it for yourself by taking a trip to Brighton.



8) St Andrews Castle


In the East of Scotland, you’ll discover this famous castle. It was built in 1189, making it one of the oldest designs on this list. It has stood the test of time for hundreds of years and is now looked after by Historic Scotland.




9) Sage Gateshead


Located in Newcastle, this building is a dazzling beauty and is best viewed when the sun sets. It is at this point that the sun’s rays shimmer on the glass and indeed the waters nearby.



10) The Clyde Auditorium


You might also know this architectural creation as the armadillo, a popular nickname for the building. It was built in 1997 and is still just as visually impressive today. The building can hold a staggering 3000 people and looks a little like a modern interpretation of the hulls of ships joined together.



We hope this list helps you discover both new and old architectural designs across the UK.

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