Modern engineering techniques have given architects the freedom to go absolutely nuts as they run around cities and towns experimenting with all manner of crazy new structures. Like any artists given access to a wholly new set of artistic tools, the line between aesthetic choice and horrible mishap can prove somewhat fuzzy at first glance. Here we present some truly amazing buildings from around the world that — at first impression — appear to have either 1) suffered a big "uh-oh don't tell the foreman" moment in the construction process, or 2) come into contact with a devastating natural calamity. These are the amazing architectural mistakes that weren't. (Note: while there's a whole world of crazy buildings for the public attraction industry — we're specifically looking at architectural techniques used in everyday buildings that may/will slowly find their way into everyday use.)
Meet Lucasfilm Animation's new Sandcrawler offices. You may remember seeing it back in April when it was all just a blurry render. New details have trickled out and surprisingly, the office building with the 100-seat theater and state-of-the-art digital production facilities only looks like a Sandcrawler from one angle. Peak on throughout he other side, and it's a whole different story.
The Steampunk-ification of everything and anything is now complete with this steampunk-themed loft in New York City's Chelsea district. This loft isn't just a house with steampunk gadgets in it, the entire house is steampunk-ified itself. With a front a front door modeled after a submarine porthole, sepia colored concrete floors, large wooden gears that weigh 500 pounds, vintage recliners with cup holders collected from antique shops, a color changing blimp mounted on the ceiling and metal trinkets and fans everywhere, this is probably the place I want to have a party in once Halloween rolls around.
Apple's flagship cube store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan may be fancy-looking, but it's about to get even more fancy-looking, as Apple is planning to replace the glass with fewer, bigger panes.
Home sweet home. Can you still call a four-story home sandwiched between two buildings and ladders instead of a staircase a comfortable home? If you're an artist who's not claustrophobic, you might get a shot at living in this narrow house in Warsaw, Poland.
Ready for some driving? China's Qingdao Haiwan Bridge, the new world's longest bridge over water (bridges that are longer over land exist) is now officially open to road vehicles. Hope you bring some snacks!
Beijing has some amazing architecture like the beautiful Bird's Nest Stadium built for the 2008 Olympics, but this new massive hotel project looks like it could have been designed by a team of aliens.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's Wuhan Greenland Center might not reach as high into the sky like the Kingdom Tower or the Burj Khalifa, but when it's completed, it will be the world's fourth tallest building, third-tallest in China and ultra sustainable. At 1,988 feet hight with 119 floors, the Wuhan Greenland Center's "tapered body, softly rounded corners and domed top" don't just make the entire structure look slim and sleek, special vents at the edges of its tripod-like "legs" help "reduce wind resistance and vortex action" that usually causes a building to sway.
Up in the hills of Malibu, California rests the guts of a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet. These parts aren't just strewn around, however. They've been put to good use constructing the "Wing House," which, as you can see, is aptly named: those roofs used to be wings.
What do you do if you're super loaded and really into skateboarding? Build a house that's essentially one gigantic skateboard ramp.