Parliament Buildings Around The World

6 07 2011

The Palace of Parliament (Romania), is the largest building in Europe and the building that holds three records homologated by the Guinness Book of World Records: for the largest civilian administrative building in the world, the heaviest building in the world and the most expensive administrative building in the world.

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The US Congress meets in Washington at the Capitol building. Construction of the building began in 1793, and it was first occupied in 1800.

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The French National Assembly or lower legislative chamber of the French government meets in this palace since 1798.

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South Africa’s Parliament, which was completed in 1884 and it’s based in Cape Town.

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The Reichstag, home to Germany’s Parliament, boasts a glass dome designed by British architect Norman Foster.

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Canada’s parliamentary buildings, drew inspiration from the gothic architectural tradition. The main buildings were constructed between 1859 and 1866, and the tower, which bears a striking resemblance to the clocktower in Westminster housing Big Ben, was added in 1927.

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The Diet National Parliament Building was constructed between January 1920 and November 1936 in Tokyo.

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Russia’s lower house, the State Duma, ¬†meets in an imposingly brutalistic building since 1994.

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The designers of Australia’s Parliament drew inspiration from the shape of boomerangs as they planned an extensive renovation of the dilapidated home of Australian legislators, completed in 1988. Much of the building’s office space is concealed underground to provide some respite from Canberra’s summer sun.

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In Brasilia, architects and town planners were given the chance to realise radical design ideas. This building hosts Brazil’s bicameral legislature.

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