Universities are well established as academic institutions with lots of focus on their courses and offers – much of this information can be found at websites like Promovendux.com. However, universities are often overlooked when it comes to their breath-taking scenery and buildings so here’s a top 10 list of some of our favourite university buildings from around the world.

10. Scott Arboretum (Swarthmore College)

The beautiful garden cottage at the entrance to the arboretum is surrounded by extensive seasonal gardens with bushes, flowers and trees of all shapes and sizes. You can take a tour of the grounds and learn about many different gardening skills, or take a seat in the outdoor amphitheatre, under the cover of tulip trees.

9. Ingalls Rink (Yale University)

Ingalls Rink, also known as “the Whale”, is a unique building, with its curved roof and ‘tail’ resembling the ocean mammal of the same name. It was built for Yale University in the 1950s.

8. Duke University Chapel (Duke University)

Duke Chapel is the centrepiece of the university in Durham, North Carolina. It is a working Christian chapel and is one of the tallest buildings in Durham County.

7. Bodleian Library (Oxford University)

The Bodleian is the main research library at Oxford University in England. It is also the second-largest library in Britain, after the British Library. The most aesthetic building of the five that make up the library is the Radcliffe Camera – it is completely circular and has a very interesting design.

6. Geisel Library (University of California San Diego)

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Named after Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), the Geisel library is the main library of the University of California San Diego. Its Brutalist architecture is iconic enough to be part of the university’s logo.

5. Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre (University of Hong Kong)

This media centre is located on the campus of the City University of Hong Kong and was completed in 2011. Its purpose is to be a school of creative media, computing, communication and English.

4. Philological Library (Freie Universität)

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Hoje vamos começar uma nova série de posts aqui no Arch To Be, que irá revelar algumas obras dos arquitetos que mais nos inspiram! O primeiro #ArquitetoDaSemana é Norman Foster: arquiteto inglês, fundador do escritório Foster and Partners. A primeira obra que escolhemos mostrar é a Philological Library. Essa biblioteca foi inserida na reforma do campus da Free University de Berlin, e, devido a isso, está completamente entrelaçada com os antigos prédios do campus, sendo vista em sua totalidade apenas em visões aéreas. Foster, como sempre, apresenta um projeto extremamente cauteloso e tecnológico em termos de eficiência energética, com iluminação natural durante o dia todo e climatização provida pela própria estrutura. As escrivaninhas para estudo estão localizadas de forma modular e sempre voltadas para onde há luz natural direta, proporcionando maior conforto aos estudantes. A obra foi inaugurada em 2005, mas ainda se mostra extremamente contemporânea! #NormanFoster #FosterandPartners #PhilologicalLibrary

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This library is in the main complex of the Freie Universität in Berlin. It was designed in the shape of a human brain and was opened in 2005.

3. Central Library (UNAM)

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is home to the central library, which holds one of the largest text collections in Mexico. The entire building is covered in a mural, named ‘Historical Representation of Culture’.

2. Weisman Art Museum (University of Minnesota)

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is located in the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. It was founded by Frank Gehry in 1993 and is extremely unique and even confusing to look at.

1. Flagler College of Liberal Arts – St. Augustine campus

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Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida is possibly the most beautiful college in the world. It made number one on this list because the entire campus is a bright, warm and breath-taking place to learn the liberal arts. While we wouldn’t recommend choosing a University just because of its architectural offerings, it’s clear that some universities offer a picturesque background to university life.

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