Do You Know What Blobitecture Is?
Blobitecture also referred to as blobism, blobismus, or blob architecture is a term for an architectural school in which organic shapes are the aim, with bulging, cellular, amoeba-like buildings its expression. The architecture styling is believed to be a product of computer aided design as the manipulations of the algorithms needed to derive the forms are nearly impossible to do on paper. In this article we take a look at some of the most notable buildings exemplifying the blobitecture styling.
Museum of Pop Culture - Seattle, Washington, USA
Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and established in 2000, the Museum of Pop Culture is a non profit museum that is dedicated to contemporary pop culture. The structure was designed by Frank Gehry and was said to have been inspired by smashed guitars.
Selfridges Building - Birmingham, UK
Designed by architecture firm Future Systems, the Selfridges Building features a curved facade that comprises of 15,000 anodised aluminum discs mounted on a blue background which gives it the illusion of being a series of cells.
The Metropol Parasol - Seville, Spain
Taking the form of giant mushrooms, the Metropol Parasol is a wooden structure that consists of six parasols. It was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and was completed in April 2011.
The Sage Gateshead - Gateshead, England
The Sage Gateshead contains three individual performance spaces that cannot be seen on the outside due to the glass and steel shell. Once inside, however, individuals can walk between the three different buildings and see their detached forms.
Golden Terraces (Złote Tarasy) - Warsaw, Poland
The Złote Tarasy building was designed by The Jerde Partnership and was completed in February 2007. The transparent glass roof of teh mall gives the illusion of hills and covers an indoor courtyard.
City Hall - London, England
Designed by Foster and Partners, the City Hall building allegedly was designed to be bulbous in shape as a way to improve energy efficiency. The building was completed in 2002 and since then has been attributed to looking like Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, and a motorcycle helmet.
DZ Bank Building - Berlin, Germany
Between the headquarters of Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank and a residential apartment building, is this large atrium that is covered with glass and features a highly sculptural shell.
Louis Vuitton Foundation - Paris, France
Completed in 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation was designed by Frank Gehry. The buildings hosts 11 galleries of various sizes, a 350-seat auditorium, and multilevel roof terraces for events and art installations. The glass facade of the building resembles sailboat's sails inflated by the wind.