Karnak Temple, Egypt – The Karnak temple in Luxor, Egypt is one of the world's oldest surviving shrines. According to Adjaye, it is a "primal structure" that embodies the very essence of Africa.
The Buganda Shrine – The Buganda Shrine in Uganda was once the biggest thatch structure of the Buganda civilization. It was burnt down in 2010 but Adjaye says "its sheer power and meaning," had a profound effect on him.
Great mosque of Djenne, Mali – Another inspirational structure on the African continent, the great mosque of Djenne in Mali is "one big piece of architecture," says Adjaye.
Kyoto Tea Houses – The quaint and peaceful tea houses of Kyoto made a big impression on Adjaye when he visited Japan. "I think Japan made me realise how critical Africa was," he says. "It's ironic, i had to go to Japan to really aesthetically become more sensitive to what my culture had."
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Visitors queue outside the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany. Adjaye cites the structure as a "masterpiece" and "a temple of modernity."