These Buildings Will Make You Take a Second Look

These Buildings Will Make You Take a Second Look

Who said artwork needs to be confined to a canvas? In this article we view how these architects have applied their creativity to buildings through the use of facades. 

image © animal alex 

image © animal alex 

Designed by BIG and JDS Architects, these V and M shaped buildings were crafted with people in mind. In an interview the architect mentioned the inspiration for the building by expressing "If people are different then why are all apartments alike?". To express the individuality of the tenants there are 80 different styles of apartments

image © Ron Cogswell 

image © Ron Cogswell 

Located In Washington D.C., the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture designed by Adjaye Associates has a facade that is comprised of highly detailed bronze filigree.

image © ArchiMedia 

image © ArchiMedia 

This Sugamo Shinkin Bank designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux is located in Tokyo, Japan. The facade features silhouettes of trees and an assortment of both large and small windows in 14 different colours. While the colours may seem random, according to the architect they are arranged in a distinctive, rhyhmical pattern. 

image © George Showman  //Aqua Tower

image © George Showman  //Aqua Tower

While the Aqua tower located in Chicago has one of the largest green roofs in the city, that isn't the feature that makes the building remarkable. Instead it is the facade that the building has that resembles a vertical landscape featuring hills, valleys and pools.  

image © Rob Young Harpa Concert Hall

image © Rob Young Harpa Concert Hall

The Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, Iceland is clad with geometric shaped glass panels of various shades of blue. The facade is meant to mimic the basalt landscape of Iceland.

image © HITcards  //VIA 57 West

image © HITcards  //VIA 57 West

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group the VIA 57 West Apartments feature a twisted triangular structure in order to give as many residents as possible a view of the Hudson River. 

image © Olaf Pictures // The Antwerp Port House

image © Olaf Pictures // The Antwerp Port House

In order to accommodate the growing number of staff, the Antwerp Port House hired Zaha Hadid Architects to design the modern attachment at the top of the building. 

image © Maddl79  // Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

image © Maddl79  // Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg was constructed on top of an old warehouse and is a cultural centre and concert hall designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The top of the building resembles rippling water while the glass facade features curved cutouts that disrupt the iridescent glass. 


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Sources: Design Milk, Arch Daily, Sugamo Shinkin Bank, Studio Gang, Wikipedia

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