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In principle, if a building or artwork falls in the golden ratio, and is as close to the golden ratio as possible, then it is as beautiful as possible.
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1. 10 Downing Street in the United Kingdom
2. Jubilee House (Ghana)
3. Royal Palace of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
4. Presidential Palace (Poland)
5. The White House (United States of America)
6. Marienborg (Denmark)
7. Ak Orda Presidential Palace (Kazakhstan)
8. Imperial Palace (Japan)
9. The Grand Kremlin Palace (Russia)
10. The Hermitage Hunting Lodge (Denmark)
11. 24 Sussex Drive (Canada)
12. Prague Castle (Czech Republic)
13. The Lodge (Australia)
14. Presidential Office Building (Taiwan)
15. Sori Daijin Kentei (Japan)
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With a width to height ratio working out at 1.58 - just 2.42% off the golden ratio - 10 Downing Street, situated in the City of Westminster in London, is the most statistically beautiful official residence worldwide.
The Grade I listed Georgian property, built in 1684, is the official residence and executive office of the First Lord of the Treasury (the Prime Minister) and the headquarters of the Government of the United Kingdom. 10 Downing Street was originally three properties - a mansion overlooking St James's Park, a townhouse, and a cottage - before being joined as one, housing approximately 100 rooms today.
In second place, Jubilee House is the home and office of President Nana Akufo-Addo. Previously known as the Flagstaff House and costing a reported $45 million-$50 million to construct, the building has a height to width ratio of 1.49, with a 7.79 per cent difference from the golden ratio.
Situated on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of the country’s capital, Amsterdam, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam has a height to width ratio of 1.48 - a percentage difference of 8.44% from the golden ratio.
Built in the 17th century, the sandstone palace was designed as a city hall and opened in 1655. However, in 1807, King Louis Napoleon converted the hall into a royal palace and moved in the following year. Today, the palace is owned by the Netherlands and is used for entertaining and official functions during state visits and other official receptions.
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Originally built as an aristocratic mansion in 1643, the Warsaw presidential residence was rebuilt and remodeled several times in the process of its existence by prominent architects. The official residence of the former head of state and president of Poland.
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Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., The White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States and rounds off the top five most statistically beautiful official residences in the world. The property has a width to height ratio of 1.42, which is 12.24% off the golden ratio.
The north façade is the front of The White House and consists of three floors and eleven bays, with the ground floor hidden by a raised carriage ramp and parapet. The central three bays are behind a columned portico facing Lafayette Square, which was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban.
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Mariemborg is one of several properties famous for its beautiful scenery and surrounding meadows.
Marienburg is a mid-18th century country house built on a small hill 15km north of Copenhagen. Although it is the Prime Minister’s Office in Denmark, it does not function as the headquarters of the government.
Situated in Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan, on the left bank of the Ishim (Esil) River, the Ak Orda Presidential Palace is the official workplace of the President of Kazakhstan and houses the staff of the Presidential Administration. It has a width to height ratio of 1.26, which is a difference of 21.83% from the golden ratio, ranking the residence in seventh place.
The palace includes a blue and gold dome topped with a spire, and the colour gold features prominently throughout the complex. This golden statue on top of the dome, which is 80 metres in height, includes a sun with 32 rays at its apex and also includes a steppe eagle flying beneath the sun.
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The Imperial Palace is the home of the emperor. There are several buildings, including major palaces, imperial residences, museums and administration offices.
The palace lies in a large area of parkland located in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo and contains several buildings, including the main palace itself. The palace spans 0.44 square miles and, at one point in the late 1980s, was said to have been worth more than the real estate in California combined.
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Ninth place goes to Russia’s Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia - the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation since 1991. With a width to height ratio of 2.12, which is a difference of 31.20% from the golden ratio, this palace sits among the top 10 most beautiful official residences worldwide.
The Grand Kremlin Palace, built from 1837 to 1849, symbolises both Russian and Soviet power and authority. The palace lives up to its ‘grand’ name, as the building is 125 metres long, 47 metres high, and is around 25,000 square metres in area. Upon inspection, the building appears to be three storeys tall, however, it is two as the upper floor has two sets of windows.
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The Baroque-style residence, sitting at the top of a hill in the middle of The Deer Park, was built for Christian VI of Denmark between 1734 and 1736. Its main purpose is to host royal banquets during royal hunts in the town. No expense was spared when the palace was built, with the interior decorated with gold, silver, silk wallpaper and marble costing around 18,000 rigsdalers (the currency used in Denmark until 1875).
Ottawa is the home of the official residence of the Prime Minister of Canada, having been in use since 1951. The house consists of 35 rooms spread on four floors, including the basement, connected by an elevator and many staircases. It was originally built to reflect the Victorian style with high gables and extensive verandas.
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Built in the 9th century, Prague Castle was the powerhouse of King Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperor and Czechoslovak President. It is now the government office of the President of the Czech Republic and is the largest ancient castle in the world.
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The official residence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Lodge was completed in 1927 with a Georgian revival style in Canberra. Having been renovated several times, the PM’s residence has a ratio of height to width of 2.17, which is a 33.91 per cent difference to the golden ratio of 1.618.
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Located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei, the Presidential Office Building is a Baroque style famous historical landmark. In original design, the entrance hall of an ornate dome welcomed guests. After the collapse of World War II, the entrance hall was rebuilt with simple interior facilities.
Built in 2002, Sori Daijin Kentei is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Japan. It is also the place where important cabinet meetings are held, where foreign leaders are welcomed and entertained, and also serves as the national crisis management center.
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