Architectural design may be a science, but it’s also an artform that engages, exhilarates and inspires those who bear witness to these magnificent works. Great architectural works possess an almost indescribable quality that embodies not only design ingenuity but also the imagination. Is it any wonder why great buildings are often perceived as cultural symbols?
However, many of the architectural monuments found around the world today weren’t designed to be admired from afar, but as functional spaces that push the field of architectural design in bold new directions. In today’s article, SH Architecture spotlights five of the coolest, functional architectural designs from around the world.
Architectural designs from around the world
Petersen Automotive Museum
Redesigned by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (pictured above) is a stunning example of modern architecture that is exceptional in both form and function.
Founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie, the museum underwent an extensive $90 million renovation in 2015. The museum features an extensive collection of over 100 vehicles, including many used in film and television, such as the Batmobile from the Batman Returns movie.
RELAXX Sport and Leisure Center
Built by AK2 in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2008, the RELAXX Sport and Leisure Center is a highly rewarded architectural design project, featuring fitness and wellness facilities. In spite of being surrounded by highway traffic and near a railway, this building refines the busy environment of the surrounding city, capturing the dynamics of beauty and poetry in chaos.
Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi-British architect who became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Although not an individual architecture project like the rest of the buildings featured here, we’ve decided to include this architect due to her extensive portfolio of cool architectural designs.
Hadid is well known for creating unique and often fascinating buildings that also serve functional purposes. Some examples of her work include the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome, the Evelyn Grace Academy in London and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is pictured above.
The Barcode Project is a portion of the Fjord City redevelopment project taking place on the former dock and industrial land in Oslo, Norway. This architectural design project consists of several multi-purpose high-rise buildings. Although beautiful examples of architecture, the project was the subject of intense public debate due to the height and shape of the buildings.
The Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland, is a perfect example of how the marriage between bold architectural design and function can create something truly wondrous. Completed in 2011, the project was designed in collaboration by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold. The museum features a collection of over 3,000 objects and was the winner of the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award.
As you can see, architectural design is much more than just planning and constructing buildings. It’s a true artform that requires creative manipulation of building materials, technology, light and shadow all while merging function and aesthetic ambition.
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