Amidst the more conventional towers soaring over city skylines, these flower-shaped buildings blossom, adding a bit of nature-inspired grace to their urban surroundings.

The Lotus Temple (A Bahá'í House of Worship), New Delhi, India, opened in 1986, designed by Fariborz Sahba, composed of 27 free-standing marble clad petals.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via Wikimedia Commons, Dinudey Baidya and Joy Banerjee)

The 50-story (650 ft or 198 m tall) Bund Center, Shanghai, China, designed by John Portman and Associates, completed in 2002, with a lotus-like crown on the top.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via Simon A and Wolfgang Staudt)

A lotus bud-like building named the Tram Huong Tower in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via Derek Law and Allan Stratton)

The Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena (also known as the Qi Zhong Stadium), Shanghai, China, with a capacity of 15,000 and a blooming magnolia-like steel roof. It was designed by Japanese architect Mitsuru Senda and built between 2003 and 2005.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

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The Grand Lisboa, a 58-floor (261 m) in Macau, designed by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers, opened in 2008.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

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ArtScience Museum, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, opened in 2011, designed by Moshe Safdie

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via William Cho , David Jones, Zhang Wenjie, William Cho and Nan-Cheng Tsai)

Tbilisi Public Service Hall, designed by Massimilliano and Doriana Fuksas, in Tbilisi, Georgia, 2012, houses the National Bank of Georgia, the Ministry of Energy and the Civil and National Registry Agency, among others.

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via ArchDaily)

A conference center, designed by the Melbourne, Australia-based studio505, built on a 30,000 sq ft artificial lake, in the middle of a 3.5 hectare park in Wujin, China, 2013

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via Studio505)

The Bolton Eco House, a 8,000 sq ft (743 sqm), five-bedroom, grass covered zero-carbon property with photovoltaic panels by MAKE Architects, under construction since 2009 in England

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Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, Hangzhou, China, a sports stadium, tennis courts and a sport complex, designed by NBBJ and CCDI, under construction since 2009

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via NBBJ)

An abandoned building of an unfinished hotel complex in the jungle, Goa, India

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

(via Alan Gillam)