A far cry from fiction, today architects are conceiving stunning buildings with futuristic shapes. Ready for a small world tour ?
The Emporia Tower of Malmö, in Sweden
Amongst the leading commercial centers of Scandinavia, this mid-town building of Malmö, in Sweden ressembles no other. Its golden facade is the work of Gert Wingardf, spanning 93 000 m², its 200 fashion and art of living boutiques welcome 25 000 visitors each year.
The Run Run Shaw Library, in Hong Kong
Drowned in the forest of skyscrapers comprising the Hong Kong metropolis, the University library was built according to plans by American architect Daniel Libeskind. And behind its asymmetrical windows hide many conference rooms, classes, a media center and exhibition spaces.
Regatta Hotel of Jakarta, in Indonesia
On the embankments of the Indonesia capital, this aerodynamic deluxe hotel commissioned its unusual design from the WKK cabinet, who conceived it in keeping with the nautical theme of the regatta, symbol of the handsome sailboats that navigate around this huge architectural « beacon » of the Java Sea.
Agora Tower, in Taipeh
Already lived in, this helicoidal-shaped fully equipped building is the brand new ecological structure of the Taiwanese capital created by French architect Vincent Callebaut. Self-sufficient in energy, large vegetalized balconies are piled up with 23 000 staggered trees in order to absorb surrounding carbon monoxide.
The Museum of Fire in Zory, Poland
With its composition and shapes covered with copper plates, resembling dancing flames, this urban UFO, recently built by OVO Grabczewska Architekci, is meant to promote in the eyes of its new inhabitants a small Polish town, whose name means fire or burnt. Mission accomplished !
Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Center, in China
The urbanism of the future is already a reality in several Chinese cities. As demonstrated by this cultural center, as large as a city, that spreads out its conference rooms, its theater and its museum of contemporary art until Festival Island. Visionary excess !
The Baku Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, in Azerbaidjan
Named after a former President of the country, this white post modern venue comprises a congress center, a museum, a library and a 9 hectare park. Since its implementation, it has become the symbol of the town and the place for major gatherings.
The Audemars Piguet Museum, Valley of Joux, in Switzerland
The Danish architects of the BIG cabinet will bring the finishing touch to the museum of the famous Swiss watch maker, dubbed House of the Founders. Showcasing an imposing spiral, this half-buried architectural prowess will be inaugurated at the beginning of 2019, and will gather rare time pieces from the in-house patrimony.
Bund Finance Center, in Shanghai
Conceived by Foster Partners and Heatherwick Studio, this building, located at the limit between the old and new city of Shanghai, features sails in movement. It is used as a platform for international artistic and cultural exchanges, as well as events of prestige.
The Riverside Museum of Glasgow, in Scotland
Considered like a wave or a pleated mouvement with its horizontal and vertical zigzag, the facade of this Museum of Transport, bordering the Clyde river, makes an allusion to harbor architecture. Covered with thick titanium, the building sustains 24 000 panels in zinc.