Latest architecture trends show that buildings are no more designed in conventional rectangular or square shapes. In 2017, some famous architects from across the world have come up with some of the exotic architecture designs boasting paradoxically authentic forms. From curvaceous chapels to futuristic working spaces, these innovative buildings are built with abstractly slanted angles and some truly mesmerizing features.
Following are the five amazing architectural designs that have been causing a stir on the internet in recent months.
Steyn Studio’s Bosjes Chapel
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In collaboration with South African studio TV3 Architects, UK-based Steyn Studio has created Bosjes Farm in Witzenberg district in South Africa. Featuring a flower-like layout, the picturesque building consists of rising and falling cast-concrete roof that forms a curvy layout around the building. The chapel’s curvy roof form dips into the surrounding pool. The 420-square-feet building with dramatic cross-shaped frames is the highlight of the place. The churches within the buildings have the minimalist interior with white-washed ceiling and ample windows that bring in natural daylight. Moreover, wooden benches adorned with dark blue cushions are fixed on either side of an aisle.
Pierre Boulez Saal Concert Hall
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The renowned architect Frank Gehry has designed the new Pierre Boulez Saal Concert Hall for pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Earlier the hall had a conventional look with straight lines. But such seating pattern is not favorable acoustically, as most of the sound dies while reaching to certain people inside the hall. For better reverberation and quality surround sound, Mr. Gehry presented an oval concert hall design. The orchestra will be at the center of the hall that can evenly deliver sound produced through musical instruments to each person sitting in the hall.
Bostanlı Footbridge and Bostanlı Sunset Lounge
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Bostanlı Footbridge and Bostanlı Sunset Lounge is an interactive public place contrived by designed studio Evren Başbuğ Architects. Combining two interventions at one point, this unique architectural design is the part of the ‘Izmirsea’ coastal regeneration project in Turkey. The new structure features an asymmetrical cross-section that’s made from several thermo-wood surfaces fixed on a solid steel frame. This section becomes a pleasant seating space for the visitors to sit and enjoy the panoramic view of the bay. Hence, it is a novel public leisure point that seamlessly blends with its surroundings and has been designed to reconnect people with the environment.
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Located in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley, this flying sausage-shaped building is the new headquarter of Apple. The tech giant has designed this all-new workspace with the help of architectural practice Foster + Partners. Dubbed Apple Park, this new glass office is anticipated to be ready for the employees by April 2017. Situated on a hill to offer stunning views of the surroundings, the building will include a 20-feet tall cylindrical auditorium and a 1,000-seat theater that will be named after Steve Jobs.
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Feltrinelli Building in Milan, designed by Herzog & De Meuron and DEGW, is going to be the new Italian office space of Microsoft. It will be a six-floor building that will be set up based on flexible work dynamics for the employees. The 7,500-square-meters office will feature an effortlessly flowing layout along with technological advancements. There will be no dedicated workstations in the office. In fact, the workers will be encouraged to move around the space and choose the desired area to work. Keeping the flexible work environment in mind, the interior of the office will also be light and lively. Hence, it will be a fun working place for the employees.
These visionary architectural designs are shedding some light on the future – showing tomorrow’s practical architecture will be a sight to behold.