Top 10 Gold Buildings

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Architecture hasn’t gone gold for a long time. Until recently (some pomo examples notwithstanding), the last time we really saw any gold architecture—at least in the West—was at the turn of the twentieth century in Vienna, where it was used to gild highly stylized “organic” forms. Loos and the subsequent modernists (plus some world wars, economic crashes, mass standardization of commodities, etc.) put decorous and indulgent practices like these to permanent sleep.

But gold is experiencing a comeback of sorts in architecture. Buildings are once again using extensive material of the stuff—real or not—only this time round, to wrap simple forms that otherwise feature very little embellishment or detail. The effect is surprisingly appealing, especially when used as a fold with other building materials such as stone and concrete. These ten buildings make excellent use of the bling.

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Museum of Historical Markmenship
Duderstadt, Germany
Designed by Gnädinger Architekten

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Janus
Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
Designed by :mlzd

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Platform of Arts and Creativity
Guimarães, Portugal
Designed by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Maidstone Museum East Wing
Kent, United Kingdom
Designed by Hugh Broughton Architects

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Photo: Richard Bryant

Firstsite Arts Center
Colchester, UK
Designed by Rafael Viñoly

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The Hive
Worcester, UK
Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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Golden Glory
Münster, Germany
Designed by Modulorbeat Ambitious Urbanists & Planners

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Schiffsanlegestelle Zug
Zug, Switzerland
Designed by cometti truffer architekten

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RAG Résidence André de Gouveia
Paris, France
Designed by AAVP architecture

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Financial and commercial department of Voest Alpine Stahl
Linz, Austria
Designed by  Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

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Department of Islamic Arts at Musée du Louvre 
Paris, France
Designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti

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