‘Blobitecture’ The Latest Trend In Building Design

Kunsthaus Graz emporis blobitecture

Are “Blob” buildings Set to take over the world Architecture.

That’s according to Emporis, a database of construction projects which has made a list of some of the most  spectacular examples of blob architecture or so-called  “Blobitecture.”

The free-flowing form has popped up all over the planet in the past decade,  thanks to the advent of sophisticated computer software.

Blobitecture can now be seen from London’s new City Hall building to Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street in New York  City.

Whether you like it or not,  expect to see a whole lot more blobitecture in the world’s biggest  cities.

Now Take A Looksy

Spain’s Metropol Parasol (2011) claims to be the largest wooden structure in  the world. The building was designed to look like a giant mushroom, and visitors  can walk on top to see gorgeous views of Seville.

Kunsthaus Graz (2003) or the Graz Art Museum in Austria looks like an alien  spaceship compared to the red tile roofs of Graz’s old town. It houses  contemporary art and lights up at night.

Experience Music Project (2000) is an undulating museum in Seattle founded  by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The Seattle Center Monorail even runs  directly into the gold, silver, and violet building.

Frank Gehry’s Eight Spruce Street (2011) has been critically acclaimed since  it was completed in 2011. With 76-stories, the tower was built to look like it  was melting in the sun.

The futuristic Selfridges Building (2003), a shopping center in Birmingham,  England, is also known as the “Beehive” due to its honeycomb-like facade and the  busy comings and goings of its visitors.

The Sage Gateshead (2004) is a center for musical education, performances,  and conferences in Northern England. The organic glass and stainless steel  structure cost over $110 million to build.

De Admirant Entrance Building (2010) is a low-rise shopping center in  Eindhoven, Netherlands. The outer glass indents into the building to create a  visually interesting space both inside and out.

The Golden Terraces Building (2007) in Warsaw has a wavy roof, created from  4,700 separate glass pieces, and looks like frozen liquid that was once flowing  over the shopping center.

London’s new City Hall (2002) was recently described by a former mayor as a  “glass testicle.” People have also described the city administration meeting  buildings as a misshapen egg, a motorcycle helmet, or an onion.

 

Designed by Frank Gehry, DZ Bank Gebäude am Pariser Platz (2001) is an  office, conference, and residential building in Berlin. The domed glass atrium  is filled with undulating and reflective metal forms to add even more dimension  to the space.

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