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The award-winning Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron gave the Laban contemporary dance school an innovative, low-slung design. Clad in layers of glass, white panels, and colored polycarbonate sheets, the building nicely echoes the look of other "sheds" in London's industrial outskirts. (Photo: Will Pryce)
Expo Station links Changi Airport with the city-state of Singapore. Its futuristic design includes circular titanium canopies, which shelter waiting passengers. The station remains on the cutting edge of design, even though it was built in 2000. (Photo: Will Pryce)
Paris's Pompidou Center is a cutting edge contemporary art museum with radical modernist features, including an exposed skeleton of colorful pipes and tubing. Architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers wanted the structure to leap out from its surrounding 19th-century cityscape. Every year, more than six million people visit. (Photo: Will Pryce)
Built in preparation for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the Olympic Park Railway station currently handles up to 50,000 people per hour. The station's steel-folded vault is often likened to a caterpillar or a giant work of origami. (Photo: Will Pryce)
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain connects sculptural fragments of reflective titanium to create a luminous façade. Architect Frank Gehry intended for his building to boost the profile of Spain's fourth-largest city. He succeeded. In the museum's first two years of operation, it pulled in over $170 million from visitors. (Photo: Will Pryce)
Built in 1996, the Tokyo International Forum serves as a convention center. Innovative engineering supports the enormous glass facade of this $1.5-billion building. Notably, its top-heavy design is rare for earthquake-prone Tokyo. (Photo: Will Pryce)

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