Vonder has a wide international portfolio of over 30 locations, we choose cities that emphasise experiences within a vibrant community. Take a look at these architecturally interesting buildings located near our all-inclusive living locations.
The Building That Never Sleeps in Dubai
When it comes to architecturally interesting buildings, Dubai has an abundance of choices. But described as “the building that never sleeps”, The Opus set a new standard for building design and was an obvious choice. Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, who was known for her innovative and controversial approach to architecture, the building is home to a hotel, serviced apartments, offices, and numerous restaurants.
Set in Dubai's Burj Khalifa district, the Opus is a mirrored glass building. From the outside, the building appears to be a giant cube with an unstructured hole in the center. Although it is two towers connected at the top and bottom to create the void effect. "The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus' elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its centre," explained Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) project director Christos Passas. It is a sight to behold, especially at night when the inside of the void is lit up by a constellation of lights set into the undulating glass.
See all of London from the top of The Shard
The Shard is the tallest building in the UK, standing 309 metres high and coined as a ‘vertical city’ where people can live, work, and relax. As a mixed-use building incorporating retail, offices, hotel, apartments, restaurants, and a public viewing gallery, the building encompasses everything and more that Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer had envisaged.
Located just a 2-minute walk from London Bridge tube station, it is easily accessible to all Vonderers staying in our co-living London apartments. For the best views of the city, head to the top of this breath-taking skyscraper, to The View from The Shard, and take in the 360° panoramic views day and night.
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw
The Palace of Culture and Science can be seen in almost every part of Warsaw. The architectural design of the building resembles other Soviet skyscrapers of that period. Today the palace stands out as one of the most photographed attractions in Warsaw.
With an easy 10 minute drive from both our all inclusive apartments in Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science is worth a visit. Besides the theatres, bars, and museums on the ground level, if you’re looking to further explore the building you should book an organised tour, or just head up to the 30th floor to take in the gorgeous views from the viewing terrace.
The Heart of Berlin - Potsdamer Platz.
The Potsdamer Platz is not one building but a cluster of buildings creating a unique, popular shopping and nightlife district. As with a lot of buildings in Germany, it is steeped in history, and if the walls could talk they would tell stories dating back to around 1685. Potsdamer Platz stands as one of the most striking examples of the urban renewal that turned Berlin into the "New Berlin" in the 1990s.
Potsdamer Platz attracts up to 100,000 visitors a day. So what can you expect when visiting? You could join the crowds to stare in wonder at the ever-changing colours of the Sony Centre dome, visit various museums including The German Spy Museum. Try various food types at multiple eateries, take the kids to Legoland or ride Europe's fastest elevator, which whisks visitors up 100 metres to Panorama Point in just 20 seconds. And while you’re there, make sure to look downwards where a metal strip laid in the ground marks the route of the Berlin Wall.
A Frescoed Church in Munich
With over 400 000 churches across Europe, our list would not be complete without featuring at least one. Asamkirche - Asam Church in Munich is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture you can see. It was built from 1733 to 1746 by a pair of brothers, sculptor Egid Quirin Asam and painter Cosmas Damian Asam, who intended to keep the church for personal use, but reluctance from the neighbours meant they were forced to open it to the public, which is good news for us.
Located less than a ten-minute walk from the main square of Marienplatz and an easy 20-minute drive from Vonder’s co-living Munich apartment, the breathtaking designs throughout are worth a visit. From the moment you step inside the building is an incredible vision of gold, frescoes, and opulence. The ceiling mural "Life of Saint Nepomuk" is considered a masterpiece and the details throughout are incredible.
The Viewing and Trading of Corn Kernels in Leeds
From the outside this circular building looks solid and indestructible, with an interior space that is completely open. The Corn Exchange, originally used for the viewing and trading of corn kernels is definitely one of the most interesting-looking buildings in Leeds. Dating back to 1861, the building is currently used as home to an eclectic mix of independent vendors and restaurants. Described as “a historic centre of commerce, reimagined for a new century.”, this Victorian stonework building is definitely worth a visit. This grand building in the city centre also has the most amazing ceiling, so remember to look up while wandering around this exciting location in Leeds, home to our first UK location outside of London.
Make sure to get out there and enjoy all that the community around you has to offer.