7. New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science in Queens was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. Designed by Wallace K. Harrison, the building has undulating walls that rise 100 feet tall with no corners or straight segments. Employing a technique called “dalle de verre,” more than 5,000 2 x 3-foot panels are hung by hooks, inlaid into the cast-in-place structure to make up the facade.
The weird-looking science hall has been called everything from medieval to futuristic, but unanimously as a rather unique experience by critics. Since the World’s Fair, the Great Hall has become home to a wide array of exhibitions and performances. One of its more publicized happenings was when Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork moved in for a five-show residency in 2012, to premiere her album Biophilia.