If you’re an architecture or design junky, it’s a must to charter a private jet to destinations that display your favorite styles. From iconic ancient cities to those that are up-and-coming, you’ll find that the locales listed here embody an era of architecture so much that you’ll feel like a time traveler with a magical private plane.
Destination: Istanbul, Turkey
At the crossroad of ancient culture and design are the two prominent displays of Turkey’s conquering empires: the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire. When your enter Istanbul, you’ll find that the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque exemplify both styles with its Islamic calligraphy and Ottoman minarets, as well as the colored mosaics and Byzantine dome.
Style: Moorish Architecture
Destination: Marrakech, Morocco
Moorish riads, opulent palaces or homes with interior courtyards and skylights, are an architectural design that was once specific to this region of the globe. In Morocco’s exceptional 12th– through 17th-century Moorish architecture, you’ll also find an abundance of traditional clay walls, a lack of street-facing windows, stunning mosaics tile designs and minarets.
Destination: Florence, Italy
Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the quintessential city to find an abundance of 14th century architecture. While the era adored embellishments (just take a look at former homes of the Medici family), you’ll find the structures to be geometrical and symmetrical, hence the popularity of domes and columns. Some of the most prominent examples of Renaissance architecture are the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo.
Style: Gothic Revival
Destination: Oxford, England
Inspired by Medieval stonework, Oxford’s mid-19th century architecture and prominent skyline keep the Gothic Revival style alive. Poet Matthew Arnold coined this destination as the “city of dreaming spires.” When you get a rooftop view of the city, you’ll see why.
Style: Art Nouveau
Destination: Barcelona, Spain
While art nouveau inspired a handful of architectural styles, no one took to it better than Antoni Gaudí. The 19th-century architect from the Cataluña region of Spain was inspired by modern Gothic design, the Far East and nature—sought to make an architectural style of his own. Throughout Barcelona, you’ll find examples of Gaudí’s stone and ironwork, as well as his stained-glass and ceramic mosaics in places like the Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, El Capricho, Casa Vincens, Finca Miralles and the Casa Batlló.
Destination: Mason City, Iowa
If you’re a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and modern homes, take a trip to Mason City, IA. Here you’ll find examples of Wright’s Prairie School style of architecture that’s known for its low profiles, horizontal lines, open floor plans, natural lighting and movement into exterior spaces. After designing G.C. Stockman’s house, other area architects copied Wright’s style, filling the streets of Mason City with the most Prairie-style homes you’ll find in the world.
Destination: Columbus, Indiana
Columbus, IN is a treasure trove of post-modern architecture with over 70 buildings designed by the likes of Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier and J. Irwin Miller. With the renovation of several public buildings and churches during the 1950s and 1960s, the American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus among the top ten U.S. cities for its architectural innovation and design.
Destination: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The contemporary architecture in Dubai continues to transform its skyline and landscape. This affluent region is home to the world’s first and only seven-star hotel, one of the tallest buildings on earth and a series of man-made archipelagos. Pay a visit and see works completed by the firms of renown contemporary architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid.
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