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Going spherical

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The world is round. That's not news, I know, but architects really seem to have caught on to the idea. Maybe it's a 21st century thing? Take a look at the designs for the Cybertecture Egg, a giant office space created by James Law Cybertecture International in Mumbai. They fly in the face of the rectangle, and the Egg is not alone.

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In fact it (above) looks a little like a familiar British landmark knocked sideways. Norman Foster's Gherkin (below) opened in London five years ago, and ever since then the design world seems to have gone spherical.

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Also dubbed 'The Egg' is the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, which opened in December 2007. Designed by Paul Andreu Architecte Paris, it's an ellipsoid dome surrounded in a mirror-like lake.

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Which demonstrates how well it merits its nickname.

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The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, designed by DP Architects and Michael Wilford & Partners, opened in Singapore in 2002 and boasts a pair of domes.   

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Prickly rather than smooth, the domes have been compared to 'two copulating aardvarks'. How lovely.

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If you hear of any other great new spherical buildings, do let us know. RM

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