ALLIANZ ARENA MUNICH, GERMANY
I like the uniform design of the facade and the interior seats configuration of this football stadium. But most of all its massive envelop. There are 66,500 square meters of membrane shell, composed by illuminated air cushions. This allows the stadium to change the color of its facade on demand. An interesting fact is that there are two football clubs that play as home teams here. So the facade changes accordingly to the club playing that day. In this case the red color stands for Bayern Munich FC, Germany's biggest club.
I put this on my list because I'm a big football fan. When I visited the stadium it was a complete experience. You arrived in the day with a turn off facade, then you enter and the atmosphere inside is amazing, because the team always win and people inside are always happy. Finally you exit and the facade is glowing red.
WAYURI COMMUNITY PASTAZA, ECUADOR
Wayuri is one of Ecuador's native communities. All the materials they use on their cabins are locally grown. I noticed raw tree trunks as beams and columns. The floor was dry mud and the roof cover were leaves. I like the minimum environmental impact of the construction. Close to none.
I put this on my list over museums because exhibition places like this can transport you to the past. You can't find places like this in any developed city and for me that makes the experience unique.
DUOMO DI MILANO MILAN, ITALY
This gothic structure is Italy's biggest cathedral. All the facade is covered with raw alpine marble and the interior floor to dome height is 147 feet. When you go to the spire-laden roof you start noticing that there are statues everywhere. I didn't know it at the moment but there are 4,235 statues including humans, figures and gargoyles, most of them watching over the city of Milan.
I like the experience because you can tell a lot of talented and ambitious people worked here. You get a feeling of uncertainty because it looks imposible. Certainly a masterpiece like this can't be recreate this days.