“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].
This beautiful tea house was designed by by Archi-Union Architects, a Shanghai base studio and located in the backyard of Archi-Union Architects’ office in Shanghai, China. The design tries to embody harmony by integrating enclosure and openness, delightful space and logical construction and other complicated relations. The design is around the tree, which is divided into three parts. A covered public area is formed towards the open space with the pool, with an enclosed tea house at ground level and library on the first floor where a small triangular balcony extends around the existing tree. Other more private spaces exist such as a lounge, reading room and service room which are arranged towards the rear of the building. It is indeed a unique tea house and really like the design to embrace tree inside the architecture. [source]