It was famous architect Frank Gehry who once said, “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness“. We here at Furniture Fashion also subscribe to this point of view and want to highlight some of the most stunning architectural accomplishments that encapsulate ethos like ingenuity, vitality and subliminal design sensibilities.
When it comes to modern architecture marvels, chances are you will find more than one in the city of Dubai. Take for instance the Timelinks ZIGGURAT Dubai Carbon Neutral Pyramid which has been designed to house a community of more than one million! The pyramid will cover 2.3 square kilometers and the Egyptians will be mighty proud, we think!
Firm Atkins is the brains behind the proposed Songjiang Hotel. The project entails creating a state of an art hotel right in the centre of a quarry! The hotel will also be partially underwater and will be situated near the Songjiang district, near the Chinese city Shangai.
The Aliens have landed! Well not exactly. This isn’t from outer space but a structure that was commissioned by Chanel to house works by about 15 contemporary artists from across the globe.
They say “god is in the details” and the Leaf Chapel seems to epitomize this noble thought. The stunning chapel sits pretty in the serene location of the Risonare hotel resort in Kobuchizawa and from it one can enjoy views of Yatsugatuke peaks and Mt.Fuji.
The National Aquatics Center or the Water Cube was designed to host swimming competitions in China during the 2008 Olympics. Now it functions as a recreational center.
Worried about Global Warming? Well maybe the stunning “Lilypad” a prototype of auto-sufficient amphibious city may give you some hope. This floating Ecopolis seeks to provide housing to future climatic refugees. Lets hope that day never comes!
Architects from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture have been selected to design the Performing Arts Centre in Taipei and we absolutely love their prototype. The design includes a 1,500-seat theatre and two 800-seat theatres, which plug into a central cube that is clad in corrugated glass.
The Blue Planet is one the most surreal concepts we have come across. Overlooking the Ã˜resund strait, the whirl-shaped building acts like a connection between land and sea.
This is a design by Zaha Hadid Architects for a private house in the Barvikha Forest close to Moscow.
The Iceberg residential complex takes surrealism to a new level. Set in Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, the building will have 250 apartments and is located within the container terminal of Aarhus Harbor.
The Apeiron Island Hotel in Dubai (where else) is one those places that can become the playground of the rich and the famous. Unfortunately its still a concept and may just remain that. The hotel would feature a private lagoon, Michelin star restaurants and even an art museum!
Those who love the Great Outdoors and want to be connected with nature will highly covet the Stone House. Located in Nas montanhas de Fafe, Portugal, the house has been primary made of two humongous boulders.
If your idol is Ed Hardy and you love getting your body inked then you would also appreciate the Tattoo House, in Melbourne. Designed by Andrew Maynard Architects, a normal building was turned in an Object D’ Art by extending the house, using UV stable stickers and painting intrinsic graphical patterns.
Joanna Borek-Clement modernizes the prosaic houseboat. The Tafoni Floating Home not only is an architectural design wonder but also is ultimate in space and function. The 960 square foot home features a kitchen, living room, and bedroom area and in case you are wondering, California coastal pebbles have inspired the design.
Kevin Schopfer is the man behind the incredible BoA, short for Boston Arcology. Who knows this floating city may just one day become a reality. Built to LEEDS standards, the BoA has been designed to house over 15,000 people in hotels, offices, condominiums etc.
The 303 East 33rd Street has the distinction of being the first green development in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. A project by the Toll Brothers, the housing complex is a dramatic 165,000 sf, 12-story building that comprises of 128 studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes.
While most of the featured projects may never see the light of day one cannot deny that each project contravenes traditional A&D principles and makes a dramatic sculptural presence.