These Fantastic Buildings Are Like Wedding Rings For Giants

When a giant wants to put a ring on it, what can he or she do? Maybe reach for one of these beautiful marvels of architecture. Some of them are ring-shaped, some are other open shapes — but they all achieve an incredible marvel of negative space. » 2/17/15 3:00pm 2/17/15 3:00pm

Behold The Remarkable Variety Of Buildings That Stand On Legs

What's particularly neat about buildings that sit atop legs rather than directly on their foundations is just how varied they can be. Some are graceful and egret-like, while others are squat and functional ducks. Some resemble caterpillars, some musical instruments, and still others evoke nature and the alien all at… » 1/21/15 3:00pm 1/21/15 3:00pm

Barack Obama's Presidential Library Could Look Like An Alien Spaceship

A number of architects had designs among the finalists for the Obama presidential library, but our favorite is this one by Oslo/New York firm Snøhetta. It's variously described as looking like a coral reef or a teardrop, but to us it looks like a pretty cool alien spacecraft. » 12/23/14 6:33pm 12/23/14 6:33pm

The Stark Beauty Of The World's Tallest Unoccupied Buildings

Some of the buildings that tower high over city skylines are actually modern ruins in the making, their vast interiors abandoned or never completed. These tall buildings may be impressive on the outside, but their insides go unused. » 8/21/14 3:19pm 8/21/14 3:19pm

Hive-Inspired Buildings Would Be Comfy Homes For Gigantic Bee Monsters

Many architects are inspired by nature, and some look to beehives to inform their designs—with hive-shaped buildings, honeycomb motifs, and undulating walls. When the bee-shaped aliens descend upon the Earth, we will have the proper accommodations. » 8/19/14 3:00pm 8/19/14 3:00pm

Flower-Shaped Buildings Turn Cities Into Artificial Gardens

Amidst the more conventional towers soaring over city skylines, these flower-shaped buildings blossom, adding a bit of nature-inspired grace to their urban surroundings. » 8/07/14 3:00pm 8/07/14 3:00pm

The Joy Of Watching Huge Buildings Implode

We love staring at pictures of ruined and demolished buildings — but you know what's even more beautiful and thrilling? Looking at pictures of buildings that are in the middle of being imploded. It's a moment of transcendent beauty... and then it's over. But some of these wonderful instants have been captured forever. » 5/05/14 3:30pm 5/05/14 3:30pm

Here Are Some Of The Strangest and Most Artistic Rooftops In The World

Lots of cutting-edge buildings look best when viewed from the ground level — but some of the most astonishing buildings really have to be seen from above. These buildings have hidden gems on the roof: gardens, paintings, another buildings, colorful tiles, sculptures and some amazing things. Here are the most creative… » 4/25/14 4:00pm 4/25/14 4:00pm

Prefab Homes Take Us Back to Yesterday's Suburban Future

There's something inherently retrofuturistic about prefab houses, the kind that arrive ready-made, or only require some assembly. But their clean lines and beautiful curves look more striking and beautiful than a lot of buildings of today. Here are the most lovely prefab homes that were ever not built. » 4/14/14 3:10pm 4/14/14 3:10pm

These Buildings Have Animated Screens Instead of Walls

Cities are getting more colorful all the time. Just check out these cutting-edge buildings, which use giant LEDs to display cool animations — and turn your cities into massive Lite Brites. Here are the most outstanding LED facades in the world. » 4/09/14 3:28pm 4/09/14 3:28pm

Real-Life Locations That Would Make Badass Supervillain Lairs

If you're a supervillain, one thing you need to think long and hard about is real estate. Where can you store all of your evil gadgets? How can you stay off of a superhero's radar while remaining comfy? Where will the minions live? We have a few ideas based on real places from around the world. » 1/21/14 3:14pm 1/21/14 3:14pm

8 glorious buildings shaped like squids and octopodes

Architects frequently take their design cues from nature, but while some prefer the curves of budding flowers or the sturdy power of desert mesas, others give their buildings reaching tentacles, high, squid-like towers, or the occasional smattering of what looks like suckers. Here are a handful of buildings and design… » 11/17/12 2:00pm 11/17/12 2:00pm

Nothing to see here, just a bunch of architects dressed as the…

If you were a New York architect in 1931, the height of your social season was the Beaux-Arts costume ball. That's when fancy dress consisted of a costume based on your most famous architectural design. » 10/21/12 7:30am 10/21/12 7:30am

10 Scariest Futuristic Architecture Projects

The future of architecture is lightweight, streamlined, and sleek as a cat on a hot photovoltaic roof. But sometimes, you can't help looking at these futuristic architectural designs, full of space-age supports and gravity-defying structures, and think, "No way would I ever actually go up to the top of that thing." » 2/10/11 10:00am 2/10/11 10:00am

Carbon nanotubes will lift us to space

The idea of a 'space elevator' has been around since the late 1800s. Until now, there wasn't a material strong enough to build it. Then carbon nanotubes stepped in. » 12/27/10 4:30pm 12/27/10 4:30pm

Eco-friendly super-tower, "The Electric Razor," is named ugliest new…

Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are designed to be both sleek and eco-friendly. And then there's the Strata Tower, which improves urban density and has three wind turbines. And it's been named Britain's ugliest new building. » 8/13/10 6:30am 8/13/10 6:30am

Yesterday's House Of The Future Went Cheap

You missed your chance to own a piece of retro-futurist awesomeness. The Futuro House, a Finnish flying-saucer-shaped masterpiece built (wait for it) in 1968, sold at auction for only $50,000. Also auctioned: a Zen chair, and Buckminster Fuller blueprints. » 8/17/09 2:21pm 8/17/09 2:21pm

How Star Wars Changed Architecture

Star Wars may have transformed science fiction, but it also changed the look of our buildings. Like this trendy building, borrowing from the Jawa sandcrawler. A high-powered architecture journal honored Star Wars' influence, and here are some Star Wars-inspired buildings. » 6/16/09 2:36pm 6/16/09 2:36pm

Buildings That Look Like Spaceships You've Never Seen

Cutting-edge architecture, or weird starship design? Sometimes it's hard to tell. In our quest for buildings that look like famous spaceships, we came across some even more striking images that should be spaceships. Gallery below. » 12/30/08 11:00am 12/30/08 11:00am

Buildings That Look Like Famous Spaceships: A Gallery

Click to viewScience fiction's influences are all around us - even in your office buildings. Architects have drawn inspiration from the Death Star, the Borg Cube, and other famous spaceships, and here's a gallery to prove it. » 12/19/08 2:51pm 12/19/08 2:51pm