What is it: Concert hall in Porto, Portugal

Why it’s awesome: Although Casa da Musica is a strange shape that appears to have landed in an open urban field, the colors, textures and play of angled spaces is captivating and engaging. From the floating staircase and angled entry door, to the glimpses of practicing musicians in their chambers, to the over-sized gold leaf clad plywood interior, this concert hall demands attention. Undulating acoustic glass, triangular foam walls and sloping surfaces add layers of whimsical interest to each space. This quietly seated concert giant welcomes visitors – will you be one?