The plaza in downtown NOLA was designed by the renowned postmodern architect Charles Moore. The romantic, Italian-style monuments create an intriguing juxtaposition with the cookie-cutter commercial buildings in the background.
From the outside, the César Pelli-designed structure looks like a fallen robot part of a Transformer. The underground museum is home to an impressive array of famous international artworks, from Warhol to Lichtenstein.
No, this whimsical house isn't the result of a botched liquifying job on Photoshop. The silhouettes of the shopping center — which boasts a name that translates to "Crooked House" in English — are inspired by Polish fairytale illustrations.
The offices of the largest state-run television network in mainland China almost look too futuristic to be real: The skyscraper consists of two forward-leaning towers joined at the top, forming a loop.