Bern/Berne, Switzerland

1406-1415; Architects/Builders: Heinrich von Gengenbach and Hans Hetzel

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Wikipedia article on the Berne city hall (in German)

On January 6, 1993, Christophe Bader, a militant member of the Swiss separatist movement Béliers, loaded his car with explosives, with the intention of blowing up the Berne city hall. He fell asleep in his car, however, and did not wake up until 3:00 a.m. the following morning. He turned on his car radio, which then detonated the explosive device, killing Bader instantly. ( Image here)

London, England

This is the city hall for "Greater London," and not the city of London proper

"The building has an unusual, bulbous shape, purportedly intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency, although the excess energy consumption caused by the exclusive use of glass (in a double facade) overwhelms the benefit of shape. Despite claiming the building "demonstrates the potential for a sustainable, virtually non-polluting public building", energy use measurements have shown this building to be fairly inefficient in terms of energy use, with a 2012 Display Energy Performance Certificate rating of "D". It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse and a motorcycle helmet." -- Wikipedia

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The Town Hall (Guildhall) of the city of London

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Rome, Italy

Erected in 1582; became the City Hall of Rome in 1870

Stockholm, Sweden

1911-1923; Ragnar Östberg, architect

Wroclaw, Poland

Developed from the end of the thirteenth to the middle of the sixteenth centuries; multiple architects

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

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