Friday, January 6, 2017

Some amazing buildings

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Mahanakhon Tower, Bangkok, Thailand


Mahanakhon Tower, aka Pixel Tower, is a luxury mixed-use skyscraper located in the central business district of Bangkok, Thailand and was opened in late August 2016. It was designed to fit into the Thai landscape, a pixelated ribbon swirling around the exterior, peeling back the surface layer to expose an inner layer (while also creating balconies with sweeping views of the city). This ribbon prevents the tower from overpowering the city that surrounds it, allowing the structure to, in a sense, dissolve into the landscape below. Its 77 floors makes it the tallest building in Thailand.



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Polygone Riviera, France


Polygone Riviera is a lifestyle shopping venue featuring iconic architecture, shops, culture and leisure areas, a multiplex cinema, dinning, an open-air theatre and artworks that have been laid out in an exceptional landscape. The above building is located in an open air mall and is called “Guetteur”, meaning "the lookout".


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Riverside Museum, Glasgow


The Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow, opened in 2011, was designed to reflect Glasgow’s shipbuilding past and seafaring history, being part of the city’s future waterfront regeneration. The design is meant to be evocative of waves and moving water.


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Former Research Institute for Experimental Medicine, Berlin:


German architecture is to architecture what German humour is to humour.

The Free University's Research Institute for Experimental Medicine (FEM, formerly ZTL – Central Animal Laboratory) in Lichterfelde is a colossal concrete structure with place for 88,000 test-animals. It is known colloquially as the ‘Mouse Bunker’ due to its solid, imposing appearance and its concrete ramparts sport ventilation pipes arrayed horizontally like cannons. Completed in 1980, during the ten years it took to build the original forecast cost of 4 million Deutschmarks had become 126 million.



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Roman Catholic Church, Paks, Hungary


This Catholic church in Paks was designed by Hungarian organic architect Imre Makovecz in 1988 and is constructed entirely of wood. The spires, with a sun, cross and crescent moon, the symbol of Islam, caused a furore in Paks when they were unveiled.






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