6 Creative Architectural Building Designs
When many think of design, they think fashion and web design; few think about the design that goes into the very buildings to which we work, live, and are entertained. Design can be simple and expected, or it can be the unexpected, like the buildings below. Today I would like to showcase six of my favorite architectural masterpieces on planet earth. While judging the beauty, keep in mind all the mathematical calculation that the architects had to go through.
Mathematics and architecture have always been close, not only because architecture depends on developments in mathematics, but also their shared search for order and beauty, the former in nature and the latter in construction. Mathematics is indispensable to the understanding of structural concepts and calculations. It is also employed as visual ordering element or as a means to achieve harmony with the universe. Here geometry becomes the guiding principle.
Beijing National Stadium – Beijing, China
Designed by a team of architects, namely Chinese architect Li Xinggang and Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the concept behind this building was to make it as natural looking as possible. Construction took a little more than 4 years and required about 33 million dollars. The building is comprised of an open steel structure with waterproof semi-transparent air bubble film covering it.
Cubic Houses – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Designed by the now deceased Dutch architect Piet Blom, the design of these houses’ is one of his claims to fame. Deemed the “Cubic Houses,” each of these 1980s built homes, 40 in total, consist of three split levels; the bottom level is a living area, the middle level features a sleeping and bathroom area, and the top level is either a second bedroom or living area. According to Blom, this was meant to represent, “a kind of village within a main city, a safe haven in which anything could happen.”