A combination of roadside attraction novelty and greater architectural freedom resulted in some very strange 20th-century buildings. Below are 23 examples of this novelty architecture. In almost all the cases, the owners wanted to use their buildings to proclaim what they were selling inside.
Designed by the architects Pero and Torres Armengol, with ceiling frescoes painted by Nazareno Orlandi and support columns sculpted by Troiano Troiani, the grand theatre first opened in May 1919 with a seating capacity of 1,050. In the late 1920s it was converted into a movie theatre and then retrofitted into a flagship bookstore in the year 2000.
Thursday, Jul 21st 2016 (12:00am)
Here in Phoenix, we have Metrocenter - Arizona's largest mall when it was built in the early 70's, now it's the dirt mall and dying fast. Take this virtual tour and marvel at its increasingly abandoned majesty, with 22 nodes of 360-degree panoramic views, set to the theme from Dawn of the Dead. Glorious.
Thursday, Jun 9th 2016 (12:00am)
For their Data Center Mural Project, Google has partnered with local artists to design and create unique and relevant murals to adorn the outer walls of their otherwise industrial-looking data centers.
Saturday, May 14th 2016 (12:00am)
Plans are to be called the Floating Seahorse, they will start to build a complex of 42 homes later this year. Click through for artist concepts and mock ups because everyone fantasizes about their windows on the world to be an aquarium.
Thursday, Apr 7th 2016 (12:00am)
Tree in the House is designed by Almassov of A Masow Architects as an inverted treehouse, intended to provide an escape from the "sweltering concrete boxes" of city life. It features a completely glazed and cylindrical structure to give 360-degree-views of a forest setting.
You would think that living in a subterranean home would be dark, dank, moldy, and musty. Not necessarily so. Soil may not be the greatest insulator but it does keep a very constant and comfortable temperature. Here are six beautiful takes on that theme.
Monday, Feb 22nd 2016 (12:02am)
Mark Foster Gage, an architect known for his wonderfully creative designs, is currently in the midst of building a highly ornate residential tower at 41 West 57th Street at the heart of midtown Manhattan. Because of the intricate dragon-like gargoyles that appear along the sides and atop the 102 stories, he tower has been nicknamed the "Khaleesi" after the Game of Thrones character, Daenerys Targaryen.
Monday, Dec 21st 2015 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
The SURE HOUSE started with a simple question: how can we design a home which both reduces its energy use and adapts to the realities of a changing, more extreme climate. Our answer emerged as a new direction in storm resilient coastal housing.
Over the years, architecture of the Alpine region has evolved from simple timber structures to innovative, sophisticated, and eco-friendly buildings which capitalize on the large amounts of sunlight and wind, as well as stunning snowbound landscapes. These eight examples of modern mountain houses provide all of the coziness and warmth of traditional structures, but do so with a modern twist and minimal environmental impact.
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Great Wall, The (2016)
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