12 of the Most Beautiful Buildings That Defy Gravity


If there is one requirement of architecture, it’s that the structure must remain upright. Forget any aesthetic purpose, architects would be out of a job if their buildings continually failed to meet this one test. Yet some architects push the boundaries, seemingly daring with Newton’s universal law of gravity, to design buildings that not only appear to defy logic, but are beautiful at that. These 12 buildings seem impossible to conceive, let alone build. Of course, all of these structures passed strict zoning laws before they were erected. What is not guaranteed, however, is whether merely looking at them will cause you vertigo.

Project Works. 1
Location:  Udine, Italy
Fun of myself fact:  The entire building 14 degrees to the south so the upper floors naturally shade the lower floors of the building, thereby conserving energy.


Project Works. 2
Location:  Rotterdam, Holland
Fun of myself fact:  The design for the 38 homes was meant to represent a village within a city, but practically speaking, the design was intended to optimize the space inside of the home set in an urban space.


Project Works. 3
Location:  Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, France
Fun of myself fact:  The Odeillo solar furnace is the world’s largest solar furnace. The location was selected because of the duration (more than 2,500 hours per year) and the quality of sunlight that hits the area.


Project Works. 4
Location:  Thorington, England
Fun of myself fact:  One one end of the home, visitors inside the space can experience nature at ground level. On the other end, however, they are able to view the world as if they were at tree height, a phenomenon that occurs without the visitor having to climb a set of stairs.


Project Works. 5
Location:  Herford, Germany
Fun of myself fact:  The art museum has a statue of Tupac Shakur at the entrance.


Project Works. 6
Location:  Prague, Czech Republic
Fun of myself fact:  The inspiration for the structure originally came from the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Project Works. 7
Location:  Hanover, Germany
Fun of myself fact:  The bank has invested in an extensive art collection, including some 3,000 works by such postwar artists as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, and Jannis Kounellis, among others. The works are displayed within the several company buildings.


Project Works. 8
Location:  Singapore
Fun of myself fact:  The design was meant to rethink the ways in which academic buildings are built, allowing students and professors to more easily interact in an open environment.


Project Works. 9
Location:  Sydney
Fun of myself fact:  With a mix of various plants and flowers on the structure’s exterior reaching nearly 165 feet high, the building’s vertical hanging garden is the tallest in the world.


Project Works. 10
Location:  Roskilde, Denmark
Fun of myself fact:  The city of Roskilde is filled with old cement factories, which makes the design for Ragnarock, a museum dedicated to rock music, all the more exciting.


Project Works. 11
Location:  Spanish region of Matarraña
Fun of myself fact:  While the building hasn’t been completed, the design will appears as though two upside-down concrete pyramids have been placed in the middle of a forrest, embedding modern architecture into nature.


Project Works. 12
Location:  Baku, Azerbaijan
Fun of myself fact:  The significance of the structure’s swooping design is all the more important, as it’s a distinct departure from the rigid Soviet-era architecture that once defined the region.


Per essere insostituibili bisogna sempre essere diverso.
Ci sono immagini affascinanti qui, e l’affascinante giornata di insieme! …xo Kanika

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