Fifteen Visually Stunning Architectural Delights

Those who stay in apartments crave for spacious bungalows and those who live in landscaped acres dread the maintenance! So what really is the ideal size for a home? The multi-storey high-rises offer many titillating features and let’s not even get into their crazy architectural style. Offices, museums, theaters even live gardens in the middle of the 100th floor; we can expect all of this from modern architects. Till you find your ideal space to call home, office, whatever….here’s a recap of Fifteen Visually Stunning Architectural Delights for the future!

15) New Orleans Arcology Habitat or NOAH by E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA & Tangram 3DS; Kittery, ME

Fifteen Visually Stunning Architectural Delights

NOAH proposes to be a habitat for 40,000 residents who can benefit from the planned residential units, school system, commercial, retail, hotels, casinos, parking, and public works facilities. Its triangle shape is most captivating and literally stands out on the waterfront. Quite a design challenge actually, this place needs to overcome both the physical and psychological damages of recurring severe weather patterns.

14) Eko by 10 Raisons Architects


Critics may pan it for getting inspired by the romantic Eiffel Tower, but the giant Eko looks like a tower with webs on the side. It boasts of 24 floors, 8500 Square meters of Nano Solar, 350 palms, a bar, a library and a big exhibition hall and is proposed as a futuristic housing high-rise for Zaabeel Park, City Center in Dubai.

13) Campus Center for Miami Dade College by Oppenheim Architects


If Polo is the mint with a hole, then the Miami Dade College is a Super Building Campus Center for Miami Dade College is the architectural version of it. The high rise combines apartments, offices, educational facilities, and a lot of space for art exhibition. It’s supposed to get completed in the next two years time, can anyone in Miami confirm this?

12) Guggenheim Hermitage Museum by Zaha Hadid


Conceptualized as a floating structure above the fluid landscape in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is the renowned firm Zaha Hadid Architects’ brainchild. Featuring glossy, metallic surfaces, this building is a visual treat for true connoisseurs.

11) Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan


The “Klein Bottle” is a non-orientable surface, i.e., a surface (a two-dimensionaltopological space) with no distinction between the “inside” and “outside” surfaces. By constantly challenging our sense of perception, depth, linear orientation, interior/exterior space and pretty much any notion of what a dwelling should look like, the architects have successfully created a space that is surprisingly inviting and warm.

10) Torre Bicentenario by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)


Resembling 2 inverted pyramids bridged by a lobby where shuttles and elevators pass thru, the Torre Bicentenario is slated become the tallest building in Latin America. Completion is scheduled for this year to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence. Two voids penetrate the building at its widest point providing ventilation and natural light.

9) Dancing Towers by Zaha Hadid


With the spate of earthquakes hitting our foundations this year, the thought of dancing towers is not so appealing. Keeping aside such fears, these three towers are inter-twinned to share programmatic elements and rotate to maximize the views from the site towards the creek and neighboring developments. Another visual treat that defies common norms.

8 ) Landmark Building of Szervita Square by Zaha Hadid


Another Zaha Hadid gem that looks to mesmerize us with soft curves and defining structure.

7) The Cube at Dubai Sports City


When we see ambitious projects like The Palm and The Cube here, we can totally understand why Dubai went under the real-estate scare recently. Is proposed to be a five-star condo hotel, an eye catcher at the Dubai Sports City.

6) Seoul Commune 2026 by Mass Studies


When you want to cite an example of how to marry nature with tall buildings, please refer the Seoul Commune 2026. It’s the case where you can negate the concrete jungle effect with a little help from Mother Nature!

5) Expocenter Project by Zaha Hadid


Yes Zaha Hadid is a staple at YD, what can we say…phenomenal works do warrant appreciation and here’s another feather in the Hadid cap! The Expocenter Project offers Moscow city a new exposition venue, hotel, and residential development. Tall and long beautifully combined.

4) Millennium Tower World Business Center (WBCB) in Busan by Asymptote


Asymptote won the contract to build this tower based on its ground breaking design of three separate tapered towers rising out of a robust and powerful base. This one can be filed under sculptural beauty.

3) Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai by Nakheel & Atkins


With Trump attached to any property you can expect sheer extravaganza and nothing else! Likewise this 60-storey building features two asymmetrical halves forming a gateway to the Palm Islands of Jumeirah. The stainless steel, glass and stone faded arch-like structure includes a 300-room five-star hotel, 400 residential apartments, boutique offices, retail, gym and spa, restaurants and of course, access to private beaches.

2) Gateway Building for Ras Al-Khaimah by Snohetta


Like an oasis in the hot arid desert, the Gateway Building for Ras Al-Khaimah greets you with the magic and charm of the Arabs. A gateway to the city Ras Al-Khaimah, expect a Congress Center, Exhibition Halls, Shopping Center, and elite hotels in this complex.

1) Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid


Zaha Hadid Architects does it once again with the spectacular Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center. Fluid lines that transcend and meander through spaces to actually construct a Performing Arts Center! Its been described as a sculptural form that emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches.


  • Brett says:

    5 Zaha projects? Really? I think if you look at the design of them, they are actually really bad. After 4 years of architecture school, my opinion of her just continues to decline. Her designs pay no attention to any type of contextual information or history. She uses the same style for nearly every new project.

    • Luke says:

      Be careful Brett, if you become too constrained by contextual information and history, your creativity will fade.

      • Brett says:

        After 4 years of architecture school and going into grad school for architecture, I know how to create a design that is informed by context without losing creativity. Please stop assuming naivete on my part. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t completely ignore all context like Zaha does with nearly every project.

        Take a good look at Enric Miralles, Tom Kundig, or Peter Zumthor for good examples of architects paying attention to contextual information without having boring designs or ones that ‘lose creativity.’

        • design360 says:

          zaha hadid is briliant…and luke has a point. You’re still in architecture school so relax luke.

    • Muts says:

      What you say may be true, but in my opinion, she did practice the architecture that everybody expected from her when she was younger, eventually she came of her own, mastered her style. It is why all these people go to her for design masterpieces, surely she must be doing something right whether or not you like her work and for that, you have to respect her.

      • Dza says:

        Zaha does nothing, she has a 200 design practice with great architects who design what they imagine Zaha (as a firm, not as a person) should design. The projects posted here are pretentious and an example of Zaha Hadid's (as an architect) decline. Even Patrik Schumacher does more designing than Zaha in her own firm. Earlier Zaha works showed a lot more creativity than this newer generic – so called “parametric” projects that are mere formalism for the sake of the shape itself. They may be nice sculptures, but they are far from being great architecture.

  • Ivan ohhg says:

    All of the rocks! But i do have few favorites 1 2 4 9 11

  • Margot says:

    These are impressive and so different from usual buildings! They make me feel like I am on a different planet – a cool planet – but very different!

    • Flazna says:

      I agree with you, they take out of this orbit….just out there….they propel you into the vast Universe!

  • stephen russell says:

    I favor 15, 12, 6, 5, 1.

    Love to see #15 in Tokyo, Osaka, SF Bay CA,
    Australia, Hong Kong-Macau, Shanghai, Copenhagen,
    Tampa FL, Portland OR.

    Love #6 but need Hi rise escape pods to Ground level due to fire etc.
    I could see #6 as a College, Hotel, Medical center & or Hi rise Farms for a city worldwide.
    Love #6 shapes & # 15.

  • Zayin says:

    they’re alright, i wonder if can actually be constructed. then i’ll be impressed 🙂

  • manny says:

    Great article….interesting projects
    I believe good architecture is not just about aesthetics, its also about creating the most practical space

  • ceebee says:

    they look nice, but will they last for years?

  • Flazna says:

    Awesome architecture indeed! Wow! in the words of William Wordsworth, “Indeed! What man has made of man!”

  • guru says:

    its great architect.

  • very nice houses, these houses will also build a new city of the future, you begin to 15.4.2010 to build the first model city of the future in Europe.

  • Anthony says:

    They are awesome. How about the capital gate tower in Abu Dhabi?

  • mubashar says:

    Amazing designs and I am really appreciate Zaha’s work.

  • Vaida says:

    no. 12 is not happening, it was just a scam.

  • anom says:

    Modern architecture is such a sad thing

  • karl Schattner says:

    these are all … terrible. the last one by zaha is a nice little 3ds max rendering but its just that, an image. These projects are beyond standard and boring. and seriously, why all the massive, dubai skyscraper crap?

    zaha hadid has done some wonderful stuff (cincinnati?) but her parametric blobitecture in the desert is really tasteless.
    Zumthor, Piano, Holl, david adjaye even. any of these but please please PLEASE no more of this placeless masturbation.

  • Jules says:

    These are all so ugly I hope they never get built !

  • Jules says:

    These are all so ugly I hope they never get built !

  • Chelsea says:

    The one in New Orleans looks terrible. You cannot just place a huge 20th century building next to one of the most historic places, the French Quarter. That one is a NO GO.

  • Florinda Azavedo says:

    You must come and see the churches at Old Goa, in Goa, India. These structures have withstood the test of time, they are imposing and majestic. In Goa there is an architect Mr. Gerard D'Cunha who does some fantastic work with earth and stone, his work is honestly something to die for, and looks trendy.

  • EQ3 says:

    Those are some simply amazing shots!

  • EQ3 says:

    Those are some simply amazing shots!

  • Ahmed Salem says:

    I wonder if there is any one who can compete with Zaha Hadid??

  • dan says:

    well… YES! any other architect with enough decency to consider the context. As another commenter stated, this is nothing more then a “placeless masturbation”, or rather form for the sake of form, functionality taking the back seat.
    Deconstructivism ant Zaha’s suprematist influences were fun while they lasted in the ’90, but I firmly believe that what she’s doing now (and this applies to all controversial architects -Liebeskind, Gehry) is simply capitalizing on trademark-formalism. McArchitecture – no soul, no relation to the context, and a very weak concept… it’s all about the money

  • jeff says:

    Love the futuristic feel from these designs

  • Florinda Azavedo says:

    Seem fairyland structures. Now with more and more awareness of the environment, can these buildings usher in a sound environment around and within? After all the reality and practicality of life matters, isn’t it?

  • Jorden says:

    Seriously, jokes of architecture should never be made to seem like delights. Talk about insane cost in a failing global economy, complete ignorance of urban form and impact. Distructivism and Blobitecture is dead because they are inherently void of all humanity, appealing to only those most twisted of individuals who believe creativity of the selfish and loud should rule the rights to our perception. Just disgusting.

  • Steverino says:

    I’m a practicing architect. Taking only one example, the New Orleans project, I would hate to see a project like that built and ruin the skyline of that city. My mind is open to all kinds of “great” architecture. But this is just junk.

  • Andrew says:

    These must have been compiled by someone who has no backround in architecture. These projects are good examples of the world we nearly became. Obsessed with spectacle and searching for meaning in all the wrong places. Thank god for zumthor and the like who are willing to perfect the basic things architecture has to offer and cure the world of this absolute rubbish

  • TJ says:

    The image of the Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai by Nakheel & Atkins looks beautiful! I can only imagine how awesome it looks on a sunny day.

  • Marko says:

    Have to agree with you here. I do like the dancing towers, but the blob style is definitely nothing amazingly creative, the 70s-80s were full of it even if it wasn’t used in gigantic structures. There is no challenge at all in making these, she just relegates to lower architects, engineers and technicians for the realization, while it’s a disaster in terms of contextualization. The fact you did 4 years of architecture school doesn’t bring anything here though, you have more tools but it doesn’t give you a superior opinion or the ascendant in conversation about a design.

  • Jerry says:

    Pitiful, they look like hand dryers. Jeez!!

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