In recent times, even architects have realized the importance of space-conscious and environment friendly designs and initiatives. When it comes to futuristic buildings, the structure alone does not tell the whole story. Such buildings are not only visually appealing, but also offer some key solutions to problems that lie ahead.
In the last few years, many buildings have been constructed with high-rise rooftop forests, water harvesting from the clouds, and charging stations for electric cars. All these buildings give us an idea about what the future holds. At least for a moment, they tell us what we can expect or anticipate from the future. Let us tell you about 6 most futuristic buildings in the world.
Tjuvholmen Icon Building, Oslo
This Arts & Culture center was designed by Renzo Piano. The building was opened in 2012 right beside an unused harbor just South West of Oslo’s City Center. In this building, three different sections are linked with bridges. These include a museum, culture center and office space. Canals have been formed from reclaimed land. You can even see a sculpture park sloping towards the sea.
This entire project has been designed and developed along a new promenade beginning from Aker Brygge and ending on the sea at a beautiful floating dock. Thus, the building provides uninterrupted visual contact with water. If you take an aerial route to view this building, it looks like a docked spaceship. The roof looks curved, dipping down to meet parklands.
Museum of Old And New Art, Tasmania, Australia
Unlike other such buildings in the world, this one tried to hide from plain sight. In order to design and construct this building, Art Collector and Entrepreneur, David Walsh hired Melbourne Architect, Nonda Katsalidis. The building has been constructed as a three-level structure in the cliffs around Berriedale peninsula close to Hobart.
A major section of the building was constructed underground to preserve to historical Roy Grounds Modernist Houses’ on this property. Moreover, David Walsh wanted a museum that could sneak up on visitors instead of broadcasting its presence. Subterranean areas in this museum have no windows. The visitors have to descend a staircase and work their way towards the surface. The theme of the museum seems based on avant-garde art, most of which concerns with death and sex.
Palazzo Lombardia, Milan
This office tower gave a completely eco-friendly and cool’ look to Milan’s Garibaldi-Repubblica district in 2011. This building has been designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. It stands tall at 525 feet and connects light-filled offices with outdoor areas.
This is one of the largest public spaces in the world. The roof of the building has been covered with transparent pillows’ made from a fluorine-based plastic called ETFE film. The building also includes other eco-friendly features like active climate walls, green roof, two layers of separated glass, rotating vertical blades for shade and geothermal heating system.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
This museum was opened for the public in December 2012. It is a huge 180,000 square foot museum. The architecture was designed by Pritzker Prize winner, Thom Mayne. Since his firm, Morphosis Architects, aims to create a beautiful urban environment for futuristic buildings, it adheres to all kinds of green principles.
Some features in this building include a 54-foot continuous-flow escalator in a tube-like glass structure, landscaping including a roofscape with drought-tolerant species and Leap Frog Forest’ with glowing amphibians.
Galaxy Soho Building, Beijing
China has always been famous for speedy and bold construction work. Hence, no one was surprised when this cool building arrived in 2012 in Beijing. The Galaxy Soho building has been designed by British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid. In fact, she was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize. This building provides an 18-story office space, with retail and entertainment complex.
It consists of various bridges, platforms and four-domed structures crafted from stone, aluminium, stainless steel and glass. The building has been inspired by nature and creates a harmonious effect on visitors.
The Crystal, London
This one is a dynamic, low-rise building made from glass. It was unveiled in 2012. Since then, it has been considered to be one of the greenest buildings in the world. It has been constructed in the heart of London’s Green Enterprise District, the Royal Victoria Docks. As the name suggests, The Crystal has been inspired by crystalline forms. It includes innovative and futuristic measures like solar heating, black water treatment, charging stations for electric cars and rainwater harvesting.
There are many other futuristic buildings in the world. However, these 6 have been the most popular and coolest’. There’s no doubt that we will see many more such buildings in the coming years.