Ever since the earliest times architects have striven to make a statement with the buildings they design. In doing this they have both invented new styles as well as referencing the past and drawing inspiration from the world around them. The result has been some remarkable constructions all round the world and here are just four of them.
“White Tree” is an imaginative structure crafted by Sou Fujimoto Architects, along with Nicolas Laisné Associés and OXO Architects. Influenced by both Japanese and Mediterranean styles, the 17-storey mixed-use tower will accommodate residential units, office space, an art gallery, restaurant and a panoramic bar. This 10,000 square meter structure grows organically out of the ground, with a natural form that looks like tree branches. The various “branches” or decks provide shade for adjacent properties, and the architects imagined it as a vertical garden. Each of the highrise’s residents will select a preferred floor plan from a list of possible layouts, encouraging ‘free choice architecture’ with a series of modular spaces. The tower devises passive strategies throughout its design in order to ensure a comfortable and livable environment that feeds off locally available resources.
A concert hall is a cultural building, which serves as a performance venue, chiefly for classical instrumental music. For sure, the performance & function design of a concern hall is the most important part. However, to make it outstanding among the others, exterior design can not be neglected. And some architects have stepped forward to create truly wonderful, unique works of architectural art. Here we handpicked 9 Modern and Unique Concern Halls which have been well designed and become land-marker of their cities.
1. China – National Centre for the Performing Arts
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and colloquially described as The Giant Egg, is an opera house in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.
No, you haven’t had too much to drink; nor has this building been warped with a bit of photo trickery. This irregularly-shaped building, called Krzywy Domek, is a shopping center in Sopot, Poland. Its name translates in to English as the Crooked House. Designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski, the multipurpose building boasts a unique look that was inspired by the fairy tale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The building has been likened to a child’s drawing that has been squashed and a cartoon fun house. Others say it looks as if it is melting. Ever since it was finished, the Crooked House has become Poland’s most photographed building, which is totally understandable. Such unique and fun-looking building! [source].