architecture stories

Several millennia from now, future archeologists will excavate through to our level of Earth strata and brush aside the layers of cigarette butts and Capri Sun pouches to uncover the remains of an architecturally schizophrenic civilization. These future Indiana Joneses will be forced to reconcile the lives of an ancient people who left behind humble, mostly square-shaped dwellings, but also erected gigantic asymmetrical behemoths that defy the very laws of physics and practicality. Were these towering multi-planed dwellings from the third millennium a tribute to some ancient war god, a misguided attempt to harness the Earth's magic, or just a terrible mess of engineering? Perhaps they will never know. Here we present 14 designs for brain-meltingly unique buildings from around the world that will be coming to a cityscape near you.
This Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great "unsinkable" RMS Titanic. To honor the lost souls, Hollywood re-released Titanic in 3D and Twitter broke out into a deluge dumb tweets from people who thought the Titanic was was just a movie. The Belfast Titanic is more suitable tribute to the largest ocean liner the world ever saw at the time. What better place to create a museum with recreations of the ship's interior than in the city where the Titanic was built?
Nestled in the tranquil waters of the Nai Pi Lae lagoon on Kudu Island in Thailand is this concept-turned-awesome-reality: the Archipelago Cinema. Designed by German Architect Ole Scheeren, moviegoers trade theater seats for outsized cushions, and dark walls for an idyllic tropical vista. The floating screen and its raft of an auditorium had its first screening late last month, and utilized construction techniques "used by fishermen to construct floating lobster farms," according to the architect. This goes right up there with our favorite water-borne theatres from Germany, though the audience floats at the Archipelago Cinema, too.