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.
The beauty about Hong Kong's modern landscape is that it's an architect's dreamland for vanguard design. Nearly all of the city's new structures sprouting up are very untraditional. Naturally, the world's largest underground high-speed rail station is also filled with character.
This is the Phare Tower — also known as the Lighthouse Tower — a skyscraper designed by an American architecture firm for Paris's La Défense business district, which is already home to some pretty interesting architecture. One glance at this thing suggests it'll fit in just fine, as it's sporting quite a crazy design itself.
When you're loaded with cash, you don't question things. Take this 30-story high-rise concept shaped liked an ohm (Ω) and its balconies that double as glass pools. It's completely over the top lavish and our only regret is that we'll probably never be able to afford a stay here.
When I think of fun places to go on vacation, an abandoned industrial wasteland isn't usually high on my list. That's not going to stop the developers of this luxury resort near Shanghai, which has just broken ground.
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?
In 1992 there were plans — real plans — to transform the Las Vegas skyline with a $150 million, full-size Starship Enterprise with a fully realized interior from Star Trek: The Original Series. So, who's the Denebian slime devil who axed it?
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.
It may be an impossible question to even fathom for you and me, but the folks over at Berlin's Pinkcloud.dk design studio are asking what our world will look like when we're not so fixated on oil. The estimated 49,000 oil silos worldwide, the group argues, could be transformed into some pretty futuristic-looking homes.
You know how you know you've made it in life? When you're rich enough to afford not one, but two penthouses in New York's East Village and then have an architect come in and erect a steel slide to connect the two homes together. That's how.