A recent ranking of the most searched architectures on Google for each country presents a picture with some surprises. First of all, half of the buildings mentioned are located on European soil and almost all of them (with a couple of exceptions) in Western or westernized countries.
In first position, without much surprise, we find the tallest skyscraper in the world (at least for the moment): the iconic Burj Khalifa is the most searched for in no less than 71 countries scattered more or less around the globe, from New Zealand to Brazil. A marvel of modern engineering, the Burj broke several records upon its completion, including being the tallest freestanding structure, having the highest occupied floor, having the longest lift in the world, as well as the highest outdoor public observation deck.
The second name is perhaps the most copied urban landmark ever. The Eiffel Tower, with its archetypal presence, is the most searched for in 29 countries, including the United States and Australia, but it is not the favorite of the French, who prefer the long and complex history of the Musée du Louvre, in fifth place. There are a total of three Parisian architectures on the list, making it the favorite destination of tourists from around the globe, both physical and virtual. In fact, it wins a third name with the Notre Dame Cathedral, the most searched architecture surprisingly in Japan.
However, the most clicked on name in the boot is not in the country, but in India, where the imposing candor of the Tāj Maḥal takes the third step on the podium. The only Italian architect to appear is obviously Renzo Piano, taking a place in the ranking thanks to The Shard, the most searched building in the United Kingdom.