Scandinavia offers some of the best examples of contemporary architecture. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is particularly renowned for its contemporary buildings. Visit the amazing Royal Theatre erected on the Langelinie promenade along the water. Sip a coffee or cocktail in his coffee while you admire the views of the water, or take in a play or a world class comedy in one of its three theaters.
Brussels, capital of Belgium, is also considered the capital of Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. Characterized by beautiful rounded corners and sleek curves, Art Nouveau structures abound throughout Brussels. The walking tours are many and there is also a museum dedicated to Victor Horta, one of the founders of this style so distinctive.
Totalitarianism is a fascinating style of architecture and urbanism often found in Eastern European countries that were once Communist. A striking example is the Freedom Square in Bratislava, Slovakia (the webpage is not available in French). The cultural implications of the nature of totalitarianism are mainly policies and totalitarian buildings were designed to be impressive and imposing, and serve as a reminder of who really had the power. The growing popularity of tours makes these more accessible structures, and even inspiring, for lovers of design worldwide.