#LuruLists: Bangalore’s 10 Most Stunning Structures!

1. Indian Institute of Management – Designed by the architectural genius himself B.V. Doshi, this iconic structure is almost a pilgrimage to present/aspiring students alike.

This design follows the ‘no divides, no doors’ policy and hence, conserves energy – human and mechanical, optimises technology and adopts innovative ways of building by using alternative materials. The best part about this campus, is how the landscaping, inspired by the courtyards and gardens of Fatehpur Sikri, effortlessly merges with all the concrete as though they were meant to be.

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2. Sri Sai Spiritual Centre – This aesthetically pleasing temple designed by acclaimed Architect Sanjay Mohe of Mindspace Architects makes the visitor go through a process of experiencing all their five senses of smell, touch, sound, vision and taste.

It makes you experience a smooth transition from outside to inside, light to dark, warm to cold, porous to dense, from the noise of traffic to the calm inside all accentuated by the sound of bells and fragrance of flowers.

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3. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) – This beautiful gallery functioning in the all-white Manikyavelu mansion on Palace Road houses approximately 500 exhibits that are spread across a corridor, tiny rooms and large spacious halls spanning within two floors. The lovely lawns and water features provide the art inside, stunning surroundings.

The art, classified according to different time periods, art schools and by artists – showcases artists such as Raja Ravi VermaJamini RoyAmrita Sher-Gil, the Tagore brothers, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of contemporary artists as well.

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4. World Trade Center – One look at the picture, and you know why this Brigade Group building features on our list.

In addition to its snazzy all-glass facade and funky curve, what adds to the cool quotient is the surrounding landscaping & the super awesome bars, restaurants, lounges and shopping in the vicinity.

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5. Oracle Financial Services Software – Previously known as i-Flex Park, this concrete beauty designed by DSP Design Associates pvt ltd., is one of the only buildings in India to have unique cantilever construction plus several energy saving measures including special provisions for natural light. Basically, no need for artificial lighting! Pretty cool we think!

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6. Vidhana Soudha – The seat of Karnataka legislature, this building is the largest legislative building in India. It follows a Neo-Dravidian style and was conceptualised under Kengal Hanumanthaiah our second Chief Minister.

With it’s massive central dome crowned by the likeness of the Indian emblem, this structure stands tall with a bold inscription at the entrance telling every passer by that ‘Government’s Work is God’s Work.’

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7. Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield – Designed by WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design, this contemporary building screams out chic in bursts of earthy colours. Its ultra-modern glass exterior with multi-level landscaping makes this a must-visit hotel for the design passionate.

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8. Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid – The world’s first & largest pyramid solely built for meditation can accommodate 5000 people and is fitted inside with over 600 natural Himalayan crystals to amplify the Pyramid energy. It’s geometric design collects, radiates, and stores cosmic energy and hence helps reduce stress levels and tension in the physical body!

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9.Karnataka High Court – This Graeco-Roman building is hard to miss amidst the beautiful Cubbon Park because of it’s eye-catching red and it’s infinite Ionic columns.

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10. The Bangalore Palace – The Maharaja of Mysore’s family home, this Gothic structure with it’s signature creepers half-way up stands the test of time. It’s equally palatial grounds have seen the likes of Elton JohnDeep PurpleThe Rolling StonesGuns N’ RosesMetallicaLudacris & Flo Rida to name a few.

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