Burj Qatar, Doha
French architect Jean Nouvel may have simply intended to create yet another sleek tower for the Doha skyline. But thanks to a conical shape, a pointed aerial spike, and a textured white skin exterior—a metal brise-soleil of Islamic design—his Burj Qatar (pictured on the right) strongly resembles the snout of the rare whale species known as the giant narwhal.

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