Top 21 Recent Buildings

Vanity Fair asked 52 experts to choose the five most important buildings created since 1980, they named a staggering 132 different structures. You can find the top 21, in order of popularity, here. And to see the complete results of the survey, click here.

Refreshingly, the Top 21 list isn’t entirely dominated by Frank Gehry (though he did nab the top spot with his epic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, pictured above). There’s also a good showing by Sir Norman Foster, whose HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong and Millau Viaduct in France also made the cut. And Rem Koolhaas came in with three buildings: the Seattle Central Library, the legendary CCTV Building in Beijing, and the Casa da Musica in Portugal. There’s also Osaka’s Church of the Light by the self-taught prodigy Tadao Ando, and even (gasp!) a woman on the list: Maya Lin, whose design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has won worldwide accolades. The list itself is a testament to the ingenuity and brilliance that have only blossomed as technology catches up with these architects’ creativity.