The skyline of of Dubai showing Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai: From Barcelona to Budapest, and from Miami to Marrakech – the one thing these cities have in common is its fascinating architecture that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Conde Nast Traveller magazine has recently revealed the top 20 cities in the world in its latest publication, titled, “The World's 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”.

The international publication explained that whether it’s through urban planning or adapting to cultural movements, “the visual design of a city can transport you through time, while planting you firmly in a very specific place.”

Contemporary Architecture

The city of Dubai was described as being a home to contemporary architecture.


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“Over the course of ten years, Dubai's landscape has transformed. Home to the world's tallest building, a seven-star hotel, the Burj al Arab, and the only man-made archipelago modelled after the seven continents, Dubai's development has lured top contemporary architects like Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas to feed into its outdoor design frenzy.”

Top 20 cities for architecture

  1. St. Petersburg, Russia: Rococo
  2. Brasília, Brazil: Futurism
  3. Athens, Greece: Classical
  4. Budapest, Hungary: Art Nouveau
  5. Rome, Italy: Baroque
  6. Hanoi, Vietnam: French Colonial
  7. Miami, Florida: Art Deco
  8. Mason City, Iowa: Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School
  9. Tel Aviv, Israel: Bauhaus
  10. Barcelona, Spain: Catalan Modernism
  11. Seattle, Washington: American Arts & Crafts
  12. Chandigarh, India: Mid-Century Modernism
  13. Florence, Italy: Renaissance
  14. Istanbul, Turkey: Byzantine/Ottoman
  15. Columbus, Indiana: Modernism and Post-Modernism
  16. Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York: Victorian
  17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Contemporary
  18. Marrakech, Morocco: Moorish Architecture
  19. Oxford, England: Gothic Revival
  20. Portland, Oregon: Green Architecture