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.
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.
A lotus bud-like building named the Tram Huong Tower in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
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.
The Grand Lisboa, a 58-floor (261 m) in Macau, designed by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers, opened in 2008.
ArtScience Museum, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, opened in 2011, designed by Moshe Safdie
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.
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
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