|2022 World Cup Stadium, Qatar, Zaha-Hadid Dezeen|
|Villa F, |
Hornung and Jacobi
|Dupli Casa, Ludwigsburg, Germany, architects|
Georg Schmidthals and Thorsten Blatter
|Casa del Acantilado, |
(Cliff House), Fran
Spanish east coast
With the exception of Villa F (above, left) proposal by German architects, Hornung and Jacobi, all of these structures are either complete or under construction. I've included Villa F as an excellent indication of what the future holds as well as the holistic integration of form, function, beauty, and interior/exterior space. Dupli Casa (above, right) I've used before in discussing Minimalist Architecture. Casa del Acantilado, (right) is an even more daring Spanish take on Minimalism. And, though I don't expect all architecture of the 21st-century to be Minimalist, that does seem to be one of the few traits most of these "landmark" examples to some degree have in common. In selecting these groundbreaking structures, I've also tried to avoid warmed-over 20th-century traits and those which have gone out of their way to be strange simply for the sake of being strange. I think architects from later centuries will look back on these examples as some of the best this century (or at least its earliest decades) had to offer.
|The Colonnade House, 2011, ldeia da luz in Lagos, by the Portuguese |
architectural Studio of Mário Martins
|The Colonnade House sweeping curve.|
|Marmooka City, United|
|Rotating Tower of Dubai,|
United Arab Emirates.
The Arabs, principally in Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, seem to have a rare mixture of both money and good taste, though their architects are usually imported from other nations. In addition to the Qatar World Cup Stadium, Dubai has both the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, the tallest hotel in the world, the Burj al Arab, and soon, the most "twisted," building in the world, the Rotating Tower of Dubai, construction of which is in a preliminary stage (on hold at the moment, probably waiting for the price of oil to go back up). A similar structure is scheduled to begin construction in London soon. Marmooka City, (above, right) is delightfully wavy as opposed to being twisted.
|Ring of Life, Fushun, China,|
a landmark observation platform.
|Dezeen Sheraton Huzhou |
Hot Spring Resort by MAD
|China's Olympic "Bird's Nest" Stadium, designed by Swiss architects, |
Herzog and DeMeuron, and the China Institute of Design and Architecture.
|The Linked Hybrid buildings in Beijing|
|Dadun Village development in Lingshui, Hainan Province, China.|
Interesting photography but dehumanizing architecture.
|I couldn't resist including this. Either the architect had|
a sense of humor, or it was a government project.
Maybe it's simply for men who like to pivot as they pee.