Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi
The London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners chose the form and flight of a falcon as the inspiration for the Zayed National Museum, slated to open in 2016. (Sheikh Zayed, after whom the museum is named, is a keen falconer.) The building’s steel feathers, which act as natural cooling towers, will soar as high as 410 feet from a reflecting pool.

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