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When it comes to designing a new home or even extending an original home it can become a stressful endeavour. By taking the time to make sure that you hire the right architect, you can lessen the level of stress drastically. This process does not have to be painstaking or overly complex. There are eight questions that you should ask an architect before hiring them. The answer to these questions will provide the lucidity necessary to make an educated decision.

1. Do you like their current projects?

As a general rule, an architect's portfolio reflects their passion — revealing the type of projects that excites them; however, there are those times that an architect's portfolio is so diverse that it requires that you ask them about their latest projects to get an idea of where they are currently at.

2. Which projects represent their best work?

Imagine that you have become familiar with the work of a particular architect, and you have developed an affinity for several of their past projects. By asking the architect to share their best work it will allow for you to determine if you share the same ideas and inspirations.

3. What is the potential of my project?

After an architect has visited the potential site, or in the case of a remodelling project, walked through your home, ask them what they see happening with the project. One architect may want to emphasise the view while another may want to accentuate the landscaping. You are asking this question to determine if you and the architect at least have some ideas in common.

4. How do they manage the permit review and regulations process?

Actually, the methodology is not as important as timing in this particular area. Whether the architect prefers to use a meeting or a checklist is irrelevant; however, when they start the process is highly important. This should be done immediately after they have been assigned the project, not after the design is finished.

5. How do they document decisions, and is there a way that you can refer back to previous decisions?

There can be 100's of decisions that a client may have to make over the course of a project from room dimensions to glazing types. Unfortunately, with many architects, the only way to reference these decisions is in the final construction drawing; however, there are some architects who keep a user-friendly document that displays all of the decisions for easy referencing.

6. How will they manage your budget?

The vast majority of architects will provide a preliminary estimate for the cost of the project. It is important to get this before moving past the schematic phase of the project. It is also important to determine how the architect will ensure that the works are within the allowed budget.

7. Will they be actively involved during the construction phase?

The majority of the architectural profession has moved from a purely design and consultation practise into a more project management role, especially on smaller projects. You will want an architect who either, includes construction services as a part of the fee or at least offers it as an additional option. If this is not the case, it should send up an immediate red flag.

8. What is and is not included in the final price?

Simply getting the final price is not enough. You will need to understand what will be included and what you may end up paying extra for. If at all possible, attempt to get an all-inclusive estimate.

Asking these questions should provide a solid foundation on which you will be able to make an informed decision. Once your residential project is completed recommend checking out Modernize for home design ideas!

Tim Smith

Dubai has changed a lot in the past 30 years, it's construction industry is now one of the most proficient in the world, and most buildings appear to hold some Record Breaking title, from World's Tallest Building (Burj Khalifa), to the most luxurious hotel (Burj Al Arab). It's no surprise then that, due to the endless amounts of money and investment available, architects are able to try out new groundbreaking designs, with limited risk.

Architect Dr. David Fisher, Founder of Dynamic Architecture has envisaged a slightly different future for the construction industry in Dubai, than what can currently be seen. He sees a way for buildings and skyscrapers to be able to become self reliant, constantly changing, and all whilst providing the comfort and home necessities that Dubai's elite have come to expect.

The firms latest innovation, known simply as 'Dynamic Tower', is a 80 floor, 420 metres high skyscraper, which is capable of generating it's own electricity via the output of 48 wind turbines mounted between each floor level. Our only concern would be how loud these wind turbines actually are, as the ferocious desert winds flow through the building.

There is another interesting addition however. As you may have guessed, each floor is able to rotate independently in both directions. This means that as you sit in your office, or read a book in bed, your view will be constantly changing every time you look up, sounds great, right?

Externally, things begin to get really interesting. The almost 'rectangular' floor sections create a constantly changing pattern, from fluid and smooth, through to random assortments of angles, which vaguely resemble a Jenga game gone horrendously wrong!
Only a concept at this stage, but a new design proposed by Australian based prefab architecture specialists, Modscape Concept, has had the Internet in a frenzy today as computer generated images were released of their new 5 storey 'Cliff House'. 

The positioning of the 3 bedroom house allows for 180 degree, uninterrupted ocean views, although we hope a thorough structural analysis has been completed on the rock face, as the house is supposedly cantilevered on steel pins.

One benefit we can see is that at least purchasing the land to build this house on will be extremely cheap!

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Home to some of the greatest pieces of architecture, Australia best presents itself as a land of free-spirited people if the designs of these masterpieces are anything to go by. 

If  you are planning to visit 'the land down under', there are numerous places that are a must-visit, purely due to the architectural prowess on display. Below are the 5 most amazing Australian architectural delights.

Sydney Opera House
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  • The Sydney Opera House was tendered in an open competition in 1956, receiving 232 entrants. Jorn Utzon's design only just won, since three of the four judges were unimpressed and rejected the design immediately. It took the foresight and imagination of the fourth judge, Eero Saarinen, to convince the other judges and eventually bring Jorn Utzon's design to fruition.
  • So significant is this architectural piece that it was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2007, aptly described as a 'masterpiece of 20th century architecture'.
  • The Opera House is constructed from a concrete frame and the roof was precast in sections and slotted into place. 
  • Completion of the project in 1973 meant that the total cost of the structure was around $859million in today's money.

Sydney Tower
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  • It is not only Sydney's highest view point at 305 meters, it also offers magnificent aerial views of the city.
  • In addition to an exhilarating view point, Sydney Tower also avails 4D cinematography showing the best views the city has to offer.
  • The architectural genius behind this outstanding structure was Donald Crone who envisioned a 'needle in the skyline'.

Stadium Austrialia (ANZ Stadium)
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  • The grand Sydney Olympic Stadium is to date, the largest facility ever constructed that is specifically used for the Olympic Games. 
  • Designed by Bligh V. Nied, the stadium is one of the outstanding pieces of architecture in Australia. What's more, the factors below make it worth mentioning in Australia's grandest works of architecture:
  • The roof is made from translucent material, thus making daytime transmission from the stadium seamless.
  • With Australian weather, the natural ventilation present makes the stadium a perfect temperature. In addition, the stadium also enhances environmental-awareness by using rain water for washroom purposes.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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  • Commonly referred to as the 'Coathanger' due to its design, this is Australia's (and the world's) tallest steel arch bridge, reaching its highest point at 440 feet above the harbour. 
  • Visitors who want to experience panoramic views of Sydney for a fee can take the Bridge climb for the experience of a lifetime, whether in the early morning or late at night.

Parliament House, Canberra
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  • The design of Australia's Parliament House was decided on following numerous applications from all over the world overseen by the Parliament House Construction Authority.
  • The House rises out of the Australia landscape, perhaps symbolic of true democracy. The designer of this grand structure, Romaldo Giurgola asserts that the House was not built on the hill as this would seem to impose power on the people.
  • The arms of the House extend downwards, seemingly as a welcoming gesture.
  • Notable features within this House include The House of Representatives, The Senate Area, the Ministerial Area as well as the public arena.

Anna Taylor

About the Author:
Anna is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she’s had a passion for writing. Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle and fitness. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest. Her articles where published on different blogs namely golfgurls, pricestylist and many more. She is a permanent Guest Contributor at ArchitectWeekly. Currently she works for Australian visa.
The America population is one of the populations in history with a vast social culture. The country has an astonishing number of states each with an array of unique man made features. 

Many of the structures built in America have a world-wide reputation of being an architectural work of art that have no equal. Statistics has it on good authority that the structures are well distributed among the states. 

There are over 150 structures that have made it into history books due to their unique nature and unparallelled beauty.

Golden Gate Bridge
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One of the greatest structures on record is the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California. It is a suspension bridge designed by Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow and Charles Ellis. The bridge spans a length of 3 miles between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by American Society of Civil Engineers. 

The project began in 1933 and had a total budget of $35 million. Unusually, for a bridge of this scale, the project was completed underbudget ($1.3 million), and ahead of schedule.

Lincoln Memorial
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One of the most striking structures with great historical significance is the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. It was built in the period between 1914 and 1922. The Memorial was constructed to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln who was an outstanding man and leader. 

It was built by architects Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester and was registered on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15th 1966. The exterior of the building is covered in marble and is surrounded by 36 fluted Doric columns, each to represent the 36 states in America by the time of Lincoln’s death. 

The Chrysler Building
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The Chrysler Building is a picturesque skyscraper in east Manhattan, New York City. The structure held a record of being the world’s tallest building for 11 months before being surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. Despite this, it still maintains the record of being the world’s tallest brick building. 

It is a perfect example of art deco architecture, with its jewel-like glass crown. In 2007, it ranked 9th on the List of American Favourite Architecture. It is also considered to be one of the finest New York buildings by many contemporary architects.

Washington Monument
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Another fine work of art is the Washington Monument. It is located due east of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The tall obelisk was built to commemorate George Washington, the first American President. The monument was completed in 1884, using granite, marble and blue stone gneiss as it's core materials. 

It is the world’s tallest stone structure, standing at 169.294 meters. The monument was damaged a few times in the Virginia earthquake and Hurricane Irene where it remained closed to the public during repairs. It is an iconic structure in Washington and has featured in several Hollywood movies.

The Brooklyn Bridge
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The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is a sight to behold. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was completed in 1883 by designer John Augustus Roebling. It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River and has a total length of 486.3 meters and was the flagship steel-wire suspension bridge constructed in America. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Anna Taylor

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About the Author
Anna is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she’s had a passion for writing.  Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle and fitness. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest. Her articles are published on many different blogs, namely golfgurls and pricestylist. She is a permanent Guest Contributor at ArchitectWeekly. Currently she works for esta.

Hong Kong covers an area of 1,092 square kilometres, and is officially recognised as being the most densely populated city on earth. There are twice as many skyscrapers (buildings of at least 14 stories) in Hong Kong, when compared to its nearest rival city, New York.

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Architectural influences are typically gathered from traditional Chinese designs. Feng Shui, the consideration of wind and water, is also taken into account by many Hong Kong based architects who aim to 'harmonize everyone with their surroundings'.

Due to Hong Kong's lack of available space, there are very few historical buildings left, as many have been cleared to create modern high technologically innovative skyscrapers. Hong Kong has, unbelievably, the most amount of skyscrapers, over 150 meters in height, compared to any other city in the world. This gives Hong Kong the right to be classed as having the best skyline in the world.

Prior to being a British Colony, Hong Kong was mainly dominated by traditional Chinese buildings, mainly temples, serving the population. 

After Hong Kong became a British Colony, the British introduced Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles in the mid 19th century. Notable buildings that have survived the test of time include the Legislative Council Building, the Central Police Station and Murray House.

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Traditional Chinese Architecture meets modern western Architecture
The first building in Hong Kong classified as a High Rise building was constructed between 1904 and 1905. It consisted of five buildings, each stacked 6 stories high. 

Most high rise buildings that were built after this time were mainly for business purposes, such as the HongKongBank, built in 1935, now replaced by the HSBC Main Building. 

In the 1990's the demand for high rise buildings was around the location of 'Central' (the main business district of Hong Kong).

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong is also home to the the Hong Kong International Airport, completed in 1998, and located on Chek Lap Kok island. Widely considered to be one of the most impressive feats of civil and structural engineering, and designed by English architect, Sir Norman Foster the island is mostly reclaimed land, designed specifically for the airport.

Bridges, roads, tunnels, services and rail routes where are included in the project, which had a very ambitious and optimistic 10-20 year programme.

Hong Kong International Airport is built upon an artificial island
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The View from the Shard is the new public viewing platform, occupying the highest habitable levels of The Shard. 

Shard Fact File:

  • 309.6 metres (1,016ft) high.
  • 11,000 glass panels.
  • 54,000 m3 of concrete.
  • The total piles supporting the building would measure 13.7km if laid end to end.
  • 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts.
  • 306 flights of stairs.
  • 95% of the construction materials are recycled.
  • There are 72 habitable floors.
  • The top 9 floors in the 'Spire' are open to the elements.
  • The Shard is the tallest building in Europe.

Spread over 3 floors, 69 through to 72, the viewing gallery allows awe-inspiring panoramic views over London. Floor to ceiling windows allow a 35-40 mile viewing range on a clear day.

The journey to level 69,  is comprised of two lift journeys. The first is to level 33 and from the their you travel the remaining distance. Both lifts travel at about 6 metres per second, meaning the entire time to get to the top is around 2-3 minutes, pretty impressive! 

When the lift doors open you are faced with a Western view of London.

The view from the lifts
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Level 69
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When you are satisfied that you've worked out were the most famous of London's landmarks are, it is time to take the 3 flights of stairs up to the 72nd floor. When you reach this floor you may be surprised to find that it is open to the elements, not a room as you may have imagined. This is lovely on a summers day, but otherwise...

Not for the faint hearted!
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Image Credit: Ryan Holland 2013
Image Credit: Ryan Holland 2013
In the foreground, the Walkie Talkie building
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Image Credit: Ryan Holland 2013
Level 72
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Don't forget to look UP!
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Image Credit: Ryan Holland 2013
Image Credit: Ryan Holland 2013
The south facade of the Public Library Car Park, in Kansas City has been transformed into a gigantic and rather striking bookshelf. We are no stranger to unusual architectural design on ArchitectWeekly, from buildings made of beer crates, to floating stadiums, but this is the style of design that really brings architecture to life.

Each book spine measures a colossal 9 feet wide (2.7m) and is 25 feet (7.6m) high. There are twenty two books shown, and each of them reflect the diverse culture of Kansas City. They were chosen by public members of the library via a poll.

China has an assortment of what we shall call 'experimental architecture projects'. They range from counter-balanced CCTV buildings, to a bird's nest inspired Stadium

A new development in Songjiang, China has to be one of the largest scaled projects attempted, and also the most unusual project yet. The proposal? A 19-storey, 428,000m2, 5-star quarry hotel, with almost all of the 380 hotel rooms being underground. All of these rooms will have a spectacular view over a thundering waterfall. We assume these windows will be soundproofed?

16 storey's below, with 3 poking out at the top
A proposed 'Experience Centre' located somewhere in the labyrinth of rooms will provide a stress free relaxation environment, with leisure and entertainment activities. The extreme sports section, making use of the unusual location of the site (the foot of the Tianmashan Mountain), will be more suited for the adventurous type of person, not something you'll see me on anytime soon. Activities include extreme rock climbing and extreme bungee jumping, not like the regular ones already scary enough! There is also a 10 metre deep aquarium located in the depths of the underground skyscraper for casual viewing before heading over to the restaurant.

The people in charge of this gargantuan project are the Shimao Property Group, with help from British firm Atkins. The Shimao Property Group already have a host of unusual projects, including the Hangzhou Shimao Qiantang Royal View. The senior manager, Li Xuyang states that 'the project features a magical and lively atmosphere, and perfectly meets the demand of city dwellers for a relaxing weekend outing, leisure trip and exciting theme park.'

Every Hotel room looks out over the expansive cavern and a view of the 'thundering' waterfall.

Construction Beginning? Final completion expected in early 2015

Located in Marina Bay, Singapore is The Float, a floating mixed use platform with space for a full sized soccer pitch and ample seating for 30,000 people. 

Measuring in at a colossal 120 meters in length, and 83 meters in width, The Float is even larger than the Soccer Field at the National Stadium. Better hope someone is ready to fetch the soccer balls out of the water!

In 2010, the platform was transformed into a Stadium which was used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Youth Olympics.

A number of concerts, exhibitions and sporting events are planned for the future of the platform, until the Singapore Sports Hub at Kallang is completed in 2014. 

Construction began in 2006 and was conducted through to completion by construction firm SempCorp Marine. After a 13 month build, from only Steel as it's core material, the platform was finally revealed to the country by the Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Welcome back to the third edition of this series' Architect of the Week. This week, we are celebrating the work of British architect, Sir David Chipperfield

Sir David Alan Chipperfield was born in London in 1953 and is best known for his modernist style buildings such as the America's Cup Building in Valencia, Spain. David first studied architecture at Kingston University in Kingston-upon-Thames in London before graduating in 1979 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, also in London. 

Before setting up his own practise in 1989, David worked with world renowned architects, Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. David Chipperfield Architects now employs over 250 staff from 15 countries, operating from one of his four offices in London, Milan, Berlin and Shanghai.

David Chipperfield was appointed a CBE for services for Architecture in England. Furthermore, in 2003, he was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and Design in 2003.

Below is a selection of works of David Chipperfield Architects, which have won numerous awards.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Turner Contemporary

America's Cup Building
In June 2013, we looked at some of The Worlds Largest Buildings in a compilation which coincidentally became the biggest article we have ever written on this site! Take a look back at some of the Worlds Largest Buildings with some exceptionally big stats!

The buildings, structures and towers that architects and engineers are designing are constantly reaching new heights. The innovative designs of these buildings are allowing us to push the limits of what we previously thought to be unreachable.  We always hear about new technological innovations that have rocketed us even higher into the sky, so we have rounded up the biggest projects that we can find. Prepare yourself for an article displaying the world biggest and best structures...

The World's Tallest Building | Burj Khalifa

(WARNING! If you do not like heights, look away now!) 

Since early 2010, the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest building in the world and has featured many times on ArchitectWeekly as well as in other publications, books, online, in videos as well as films. The Burj Khalifa was designed by American architect, Adrian Smith. The competition for The World's Tallest building is fiercely fought in many countries and with the development of sophisticated technology as well as more advanced architecture, it is likely that it will be soon surpassed and the competition will continue.   

BIG stats:
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Height (Tip): 829.8 metres (2,722 ft) 
Height (Architectural): 828 metres (2,717 ft) 
Construction Started: January 2004
Opened: 4th January 2010
Cost: $1.5 billion (£972,794,189)
Floor Area: 309, 473 metres squared or 3,331,100 sq ft
Floors: 163

Ever wondered what it is like to clean the windows of the Burj Khalifa? Find out now with the video below (Presented by Dallas Campbell)

The Worlds Tallest Tower | Tokyo Skytree

The Tokyo Sky Tree has been the the worlds tallest tower, after construction was completed in 2011, and the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. The tower was designed by Japanese architecture firm, Nikken Sekkei. There are nine TV broadcasters located within the tower complex, led by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

BIG stats:
Location: Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Height (Tip): 634.0 metres (2,080 ft)
Height (Top Floor)451.2 m (1,480 ft)
Construction Started: July 2008
Opened: 22nd May 2012
Cost: 65 billion JPY (806 million USD)
Lifts: 13 

The Worlds Biggest Building by Volume | Boeing Everett Factory

This is Boeing's aircraft assembly factory in Everett, Washington. It is the biggest building in the world in terms of volume. This is the central assembly line of Boeing's biggest aircraft including the 747 Jumbo Jet, 767, 777 and all new 787 Dreamliner. The factory officially opened in 1967 after the company was awarded a $525 million USD contract with Pan American Airlines for 25 747's.

BIG stats:
Location: Everett, Washington, United States
Volume: 13,385,378 m3 (472,370,319 cubic ft) 
Land Cover: 399,480 m2 (98.3 acres)
Opened: 1967

The Worlds Tallest Bridge | Millau Viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a Cable Stayed bridge which spans the Tarn River near Millau in the South of France. It was designed by British Architect, Norman Foster with French structural engineer, Michel Virlogeux to alleviate traffic which originally went through the town of Millau. This was a particular problem in the summer as a sharp increase of tourists travelling from Paris to Spain caused an unsually high level of congestion in the town. 

BIG stats:
French: Le Viaduc de Millau
Location: Millau-Creissels, France 
Height (Highest Mast): 343.0 metres (1,125 ft)
Height (Road)270 metres (890 ft)
Bridge Length: 2460 metres
Construction Started: October 2001
Opened: 16th December 2004
Cost: € 394,000,000 (£335,906,891)

The Worlds Biggest Capacity Stadium | Rungnado May Day Stadium

Yes, North Korea is home to the Worlds Biggest Capacity Stadium, also known as the May Day Stadium. The stadium can hold around 150,000 people for various events. The stadium was built in 1989 and was primarily designed to be used as a Football Stadium. The stadium is eight stories high and has a floor space of over 207,000 m². The stadium is also the 12th largest Sports Venue in the world.

BIG stats:
Location: Pyongyang, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Capacity: 150,000 people
Field Dimensions (Main Pitch): 22,500 m²
Field Dimensions (Floor Space): 207,500 m²
Opened: 1st May 1989

The Worlds Busiest Airport | Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States is the Busiest Airport in the world by passenger traffic and it has held this accolade since 1998. In 2005 it also became the worlds busiest airport in terms of landings and take offs. The airport accommodates 92 million passengers (252,000 passengers daily) and 923,991 flights! In 2012 the airport served 950,119 flight operations and 95,462,867 passengers. The airport has five concrete runways with the longest being 3,776 metres (12,390 ft). 

BIG stats:
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Serves: City of Atlanta
Hub For: AirTran Airways, Delta Air Lines, GeorgiaSkies, Silver Airways
Runways: 5 (Concrete)
Opened: 15th September 1926 (First Flight)

The Worlds Biggest Container Port | Port of Shanghai

The Port of Shanghai is currently the worlds biggest container port and is part of a ongoing battle for the Worlds Biggest Container Port crown. The battle for this award is fought fiercely and every year, it often switches between the Ports of Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Port of Shanghai annually holds and moves 736 million tonnes of cargo in 35.529 million containers (otherwise known as Twenty - Foot Equivalent Units.) The port is split into 3 working zones known as the Yangshan deep water port, Huangpu River and Yangtze River. 

BIG stats:

Chinese: 上海港
Location: Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China
Type of Harbor: Deep Water Seaport/Riverport
Annual Cargo (Tonnes): 736 million in 2012
Opened: 1842

The Worlds Largest Parliament Building | Palace of the Parliament

This is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania and is currently the Worlds Biggest Parliament Building containing both chambers of the Romanian Government. The Palace also holds the awards for the Worlds Largest Civilian Building with an administrative function, most expensive administration building and the Worlds Heaviest Building! The building was designed and constructed during the administration of Nicolae Ceaușescu and his Romanian Communist Party and was designed to be a symbol of power. It is also locally known as the Casa Poporului or People's House

BIG stats:
Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Architectural Style: Neoclassicism 
Height: 270 metres (890 ft) by 240 metres (790 ft), 86 metres (282 ft)
Stories: 12
Underground: 92 metres (302 ft)
Floor Space: 340,000 m2 (3,700,000 sq ft)
Car Parks: 2 Underground Car Parks
Rooms: 1,100
Construction Started: June 1984
Opened: 1997
Cost: € 3 billion (£2,566,150,586.46)

The Worlds Largest Royal Palace | Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
This is the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France and is currently the Worlds Largest Royal Palace (although it is not the largest Royal Residence which is used currently). Versailles was originally a country village but is now a wealthy suburb of Paris. The Court of Versailles has been a centre of power since 1682 and has been a symbol of the absolute monarchy in France. The Palace has some impressive BIG statistics which are below.

BIG stats:
French: Château de Versaille 
Location: Versaille, France (20km outside Paris)
Floor Area: 67,000 m2
Windows: 2,513
Rooms: 2,300
Staircases: 67
Number of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures and Engravings: 24, 759
Number of Pieces of Furniture: 5,210 
UNESCO World Heritage Site Type: i, ii, vi

The Worlds Largest Hemispherical Building | Ericsson Globe

This is the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and it is the Largest Hemispherical building in the world. It was constructed using a MERO Space Frame which uses hollow steel tubes of which are interconnected to create its eye catching design. It is currently home to Tre Kronor which is Sweden's national men's ice hockey team and the arena has also hosted some major concerts and events. The arena also has a small house on the roof, as well as a railway which can take visitors to the centre of the roof!
BIG stats:
Also Known as: Globen
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Capacity (Ice Hockey): 13,850
Capacity (Concerts): 16,000
Opened: 19th February 1989

The World's Biggest Building by Floorspace | New Century Global Centre

This is the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China and has been the World's Biggest Building in terms of floor space since the 1st July! It is one of the newest Worlds Biggest Buildings and only recently surpassed the long standing Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 building for the title. The New Century Global Centre is a multi-functional  space designed by renowned British - Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and will contain offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centres, hotels, an IMAX cinema, a "Mediterranean village", a pirate ship and skating rink. The Centre's main centrepiece will be an amazing 5000 square metre artificial beach with a 150 metre long and 40 metre high screen which will form the horizon and offer sunrises and sunsets.  The Centre has also earned the title of the World's Biggest Standalone Building. 

BIG stats:

Chinese: 新世纪环球中心
Location: Tianfu New Area, Chengdu, China
Floor Area: 1,700,000 m(18,298,600 sq ft)
Height (Architectural)100 m (328 ft)
Construction Started: 2010
Opened: 1st July 2013

The World's Biggest Religious Sites | Angkor Wat

This is Angkor Wat or officially known as Prasat Angkor Wat and it is the World's Biggest Religious Site. It is located in Angkor in Cambodia and is the Largest Hindu and then Buddhist temples as well as the largest religious monument in the world. It was designed at the peak of the Khymer Architectural style and has become a symbol of Cambodia, even featuring on the national flag. 

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It was built in the 12th Century by Khymer King Suryavarman II and was the capital of the Khymer Empire.

BIG stats:

Full Name: Prasat Angkor Wat 
Location: AngkorSiem Reap ProvinceCambodia
Floor Area: 1,000,000 m2(11,000,000 sq ft)
Construction: 12th Century
UNESCO World Heritage Criteria: Cultural: (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)

The Worlds Largest Museum | The Louvre

This is The Louvre Museum in Paris, France and is currently the World's Biggest Museum. The museum was established in 1793 and is now the worlds most visited museum with 8.8 million visitors going in 2011. The Louvre is now home to a significant collection of art including the world famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

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French: Musée du Louvre 
Location: Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
Floor Area: 210,000 m² (2,260,421 sq ft)
Established: 1793
Visitors in 2011: 8.8 million

The Worlds Largest Casino and Single Structure Hotel | The Venetian Macao

This is The Venetian Macao in China and it is currently the Worlds Biggest Casino as well as being the Worlds Biggest Single Structure Hotel (as well as being the sixth largest building in the world by floor area). It is currently owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and is home to 3000 Suites, 3200 slot machines, 800 gambling tables and 15,000 seat multifunctional, CotaiArena. The complex consists of 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) of retail and 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space. The building is 40 stories high and cost $2.4 billion to construct. 

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Chinese: 澳門威尼斯人度假村酒店 
Location: Cotai Strip, Macau, S.A.R. of China 
Total Gaming Space: 550,000 sq ft (51,000 m2)
Floors: 40
Cost: $2.4 billion
Opened: 28 August 2007
Architects: Aedas with HKS, Inc
Owned by: Las Vegas Sands

The Worlds Biggest Department Store | Shinsegae Centum City

(If you like Shopping, this is the place for you!)

This is the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store in South Korea and it is the Worlds Biggest Department Store. The Shinsegae Centum City has 509,810m2 (5,487,594.84 sq. ft.) of floor space in the centre of South Korea's second biggest city, Busan. The complex cost $1.09 billion (USD) and was designed by number one retail designers, Callison.

" Centum City is rapidly becoming the centre of Busan's retail industry. It offers something for everyone and has quickly become a hub for the immediate community and surrounding area. "
- Bill Lacey, Callison Principal
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Korean: 주식회사 신세계 株式會社新世界 
Location: Busan, South Korea
Floor Space: 509,810m2 (5,487,594.84 sq. ft.)
Cost: $1.09 billion
Architects: Callison
Owned by: Shinsegae