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Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:16:58 AM »

Please list the architecture that has left you speechless.

Today, while doing a bit of backpacking through Asia, I stumbled across and then managed to visit the recently opened Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The architecture of the building left me spellbound. A 200m high floating garden, restaurant and infinity swimming pool, suspended like the hull of a yacht on three curved skyscrapers - with the capacity of over 2000 rooms. Part of a complex that cost about 6 billion US dollars to build, this is possibly the most breathtaking building I have seen in my life.









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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 12:14:46 PM »

That is truly spectacular, but I get dizzy just looking at the pictures.... 
(...and no, it's not a problem with your photos...)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 02:10:19 PM »

I watched a program about the construction of this building, it is truly a work of art.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 06:21:24 PM »

as a piece of sculpture, it's interesting.

but architecture is more than exterior aesthetics.

do you know anything about:
- how the building functions for it's users?  enough elevators?  access for the disabled?  emergency egress? etc?
- what the interior aesthetics are?
- how green it is?  both construction, and operation?
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 06:33:54 PM »

My favorite building is the MIT Chapel

My favorite museum building is Wright's Guggenheim in NYC
Including the addition by Gwathmey.

My favorite monument is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

My favorite gothic cathedral is Chartres

My favorite unfinished cathedral is Gaudi's Sagrada Família

There are others.
I may post pictures, if I find the time
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011, 07:23:38 PM »

as a piece of sculpture, it's interesting.

but architecture is more than exterior aesthetics.

do you know anything about:
- how the building functions for it's users?  enough elevators?  access for the disabled?  emergency egress? etc?
- what the interior aesthetics are?
- how green it is?  both construction, and operation?

I've been inside the building and on the top floor, and I did notice many lifts and ramps for disabled access. It also looked awesome from the inside, along with the shopping centre in front (which contains a working canal underneath a suspended open-air restaurant). As for environmental construction, I don't know, but the entire area (like much of the Singapore central business district) is reclaimed land from the sea, which causes terrible environmental damage.

Also, what I'd like to know is, when the rest of the world is in the grip of recession and cutbacks, why Singapore manages to always remain so perpetually rich!
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2011, 07:35:28 PM »







I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2011, 07:40:47 PM »

[IMG]http://blah[/img]

[IMG]http://blah blah[/img]



I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
Not magical?  It's growing....   :headbang:
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011, 07:42:51 PM »


My fear of heights is so bad that just looking at that picture makes me feel a bit sick.  :icon_pale:
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011, 07:47:08 PM »

[IMG]http://blah[/img]

[IMG]http://blah blah[/img]



I get that the last one isn't so magical, but I fucking, fucking love it :)
Not magical?  It's growing....   :headbang:

It's aliiiiIIIiiiiIIIiiiIIiiIIIiiiIIIiiive!!!!! I am going to live in a moving living breathing house when I'm older. It'll have a voice and a personality and everything :)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011, 08:06:12 PM »


My fear of heights is so bad that just looking at that picture makes me feel a bit sick.  :icon_pale:

What got me about this design,
is how long the cantilever is,
and that so many people trust the structure
of the cantilever not to collapse.
(As close to walking on air, as most of us will get.)
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2011, 06:31:14 PM »

^ BASE jump time! or parkour suicide.



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 10:22:06 PM »

http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-Beelitz-Heilstaetten_Sanatorium#galint Look at all of the inside pictures. So pretty <3


Not exactly because of the structure though...  ;D
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2011, 04:54:50 PM »

you have to see this:   http://www.treehotel.se/en/rooms/the-mirrorcube


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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2011, 06:47:02 PM »





Spectacular.  My only major reservation about visiting Singapore are their police...  I heard about a girl and her mother who went to Singapore as the girl's 21st birthday present (as part of a cruse) and right off the boat military personal took the entire cruse into custody and strip searched them all thoroughly, than released them.

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2011, 12:32:10 AM »



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2011, 05:00:19 PM »

http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-Beelitz-Heilstaetten_Sanatorium#galint Look at all of the inside pictures. So pretty <3


Not exactly because of the structure though...  ;D

I have a weird urge to wander that building playing sombre songs on ukulele.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2011, 10:05:48 AM »



Prasat Bayon, Angkor Thom, near Siem Riep, Cambodia
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2011, 11:47:48 AM »




this just opened today: world's longest bridge over water, connecting Qingdao, China to some island offshore.

26.4 miles (about 40 km) offshore.

you could literally run an entire marathon on it.

not the prettiest bridge, but it was completed in just under 4 years.

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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2011, 03:59:42 PM »

Prague: the only place in the world with Cubist architecture. All other examples of that style of architecture were lost during WWII for the most point.



and Prague also has the Dancing House
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2011, 04:26:59 PM »

same bridge as above, further out along the span:




it does get prettier away from shore. :)

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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2011, 05:22:43 PM »

That's awesome! If only we could plant actual trees and have something organic and living generate the energy.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2011, 07:59:42 PM »

reminds me of the Lightning Field.

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2011, 11:02:04 PM »

the Santa Fe Opera House:




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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2011, 07:11:44 PM »



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2011, 09:08:56 PM »

Isn't that Indja's eco-hut?
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2011, 10:00:26 AM »

That's a smial.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2011, 11:47:27 AM »

here's one of its bigger siblings:



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2011, 11:41:41 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/G8L4bTxw6ic&amp;feature=player_embedded#t=287s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/G8L4bTxw6ic&amp;feature=player_embedded#t=287s</a>

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« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2011, 11:57:22 AM »

This had to be posted here. The Ground Zero memorial. Simple. Tastefully done, yet not in your face.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #35 on: September 12, 2011, 12:09:03 PM »

^ yeah, stunning job all around with that one. I was expecting a design disaster, to be honest. so glad that didn't happen.

anyway, next contribution on my part:



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« Reply #36 on: September 12, 2011, 12:25:34 PM »

The Ground Zero memorial. Simple. Tastefully done, yet not in your face.

true too. of the Petagon, Pennsylvania, and Boston Logan International Airport memorials
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« Reply #37 on: September 12, 2011, 12:40:24 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/G8L4bTxw6ic&amp;feature=player_embedded#t=287s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/G8L4bTxw6ic&amp;feature=player_embedded#t=287s</a>

neat to see the architects' design aniamations made into a video

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« Reply #38 on: September 12, 2011, 08:19:28 PM »



Every single time I go over either of the forth bridges, I am humbled by the presence of the rail bridge.
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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2011, 02:17:11 AM »

^   so gorgeous.  :)






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« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2011, 02:37:27 AM »

^ yeah, stunning job all around with that one. I was expecting a design disaster, to be honest. so glad that didn't happen.

anyway, next contribution on my part:



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #41 on: October 20, 2011, 12:34:36 PM »

proposed redesign of the Pontiac Silverdome, which is a few miles east of where I live:




...it's currently an enclosed 81,000-seat stadium with three tiers of seats and an air-supported roof. this redesign would have a 30k capacity soccer setup using what is now the upper tier of seats with a field on what would be the roof of the lower levels, which would be split between a 20k seat sports arena and a 20k seat amphitheater-type venue.

 

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« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2011, 05:20:06 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: October 27, 2011, 07:43:18 PM »

an old fave:



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« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2011, 02:28:42 PM »




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« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2011, 03:11:42 PM »

been obsessing over quonset huts lately; here's one taken to the nth degree.

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« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2012, 12:35:13 PM »

:o

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« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2012, 12:42:44 PM »

Yeah, I'm gunna set a bed up under one of those desks and never leave.
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« Reply #49 on: January 26, 2012, 12:43:51 PM »

reminds me of J.P.Morgan's Library
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« Reply #50 on: January 26, 2012, 05:20:15 PM »

^ looks like a book prison.

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« Reply #51 on: January 26, 2012, 08:53:37 PM »

^ JP wanted to see his books, not the guard rails.
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« Reply #53 on: April 21, 2012, 01:18:40 AM »

Aztec Art Deco!    :D


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...this place is just about as far east as you can get in Detroit and still remain within the city limits. If I had the $$$, I'd but it tomorrow and have it restored...ah, but I don't.

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #54 on: May 05, 2012, 11:36:50 AM »

bathroom built 15 stories up in an unused elevator shaft in a refurbished apartment/condo building:

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #55 on: May 16, 2012, 08:09:25 PM »

public restroom (women's-only) in Ichihara City, Japan:

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #56 on: May 16, 2012, 09:56:08 PM »

On the topic of odd public toilets, I'd still feel fascinated yet uncomfortable in one of these:



What if the mirrors suddenly stopped being one way while I was in there? ;D

Also, I'd feel weird walking past one just in case there was someone in there on the toilet staring at me without my knowledge...
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #57 on: May 17, 2012, 11:23:12 AM »

or some dude jacking off.

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #58 on: May 21, 2012, 02:05:12 AM »

there's an incredible video of an awesome architectural concept at this link. watch it:    http://io9.com/5911795/a-lotus+shaped-oasis-blooms-over-the-london-skyline


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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #59 on: December 04, 2012, 11:18:44 AM »

This is a beachfront sanitarium in some city named Druzhba:



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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #60 on: December 20, 2012, 10:49:21 AM »

This is going up in Phoenix:





view of interior:


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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #61 on: February 01, 2013, 08:07:19 PM »

This British research station in Antarctica will open this Tuesday. :D



Since the ice sheets current stations rest on move 1/4 mile every year, this one - every module is mounted on skis - can be towed to new locations by a single bulldozer.

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« Reply #62 on: February 02, 2013, 08:06:24 PM »

This British research station in Antarctica will open this Tuesday. :D



Since the ice sheets current stations rest on move 1/4 mile every year, this one - every module is mounted on skis - can be towed to new locations by a single bulldozer.
It'd be sooooo much cooler if it could walk....
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #63 on: February 03, 2013, 11:16:25 AM »

can't have everything.

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #64 on: March 24, 2013, 01:54:33 PM »

seriously, check this out and then go to the link in the article:   http://observationdeck.io9.com/awesome-reading-nooks-453332871

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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #65 on: March 07, 2014, 10:45:52 AM »

This is in Germany somewhere; it used to be an airship hangar:



now it's an indoor park:




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« Reply #66 on: March 11, 2014, 03:40:23 PM »

THat's the old Zeppelin facility, IIRC!
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #67 on: March 23, 2014, 12:21:04 PM »

It's a bit younger than that. :-)

It was build in 2000 and the company Cargolifter meant to construct freight airships there. Unfortunately they had to file for bankruptcy in 2002.
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Re: Architecture that leaves you Spellbound
« Reply #68 on: December 29, 2014, 01:42:36 AM »

suspended traffic circle for bicyclists!



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