Architectural Highlights: Futuristic architecture

Futuristic architecture is transforming the skylines of cities around the world, as statement buildings rise up in place of traditional rectangular skyscrapers. The aesthetic is instantly recognisable: minimalist yet bold, using clean lines and offbeat design features to create visually arresting silhouettes. These ten examples of futuristic properties show that, despite some unifying characteristics, the only limits for this movement are in the imagination of the architect.

Architectural Highlights: Futuristic architecture

Cayan Tower, Dubai

Previously known as Infinity Tower, this 75-storey building is renowned for its unique twisted design. The top floor is offset 90˚ from the foundation: the rest of the building spirals gradually upwards.

Tjuvholmen Icon Building, Oslo

Designed by Renzo Piano, this arts and culture centre has rejuvenated a disused area of the city harbour. The use of Norwegian wood tones down the application of a sculptural glass roof, which shelters the three buildings in this complex. Each angular building is linked by bridges over man-made canals, while the outdoor space incorporates a sculpture garden.

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre, Astana

Architects drew inspiration from local nomadic culture to create this huge, transparent tent, which covers an area of over 100,000 square metres. The name, Khan Shatyr, translates as ‘Tent of the Khan’.  It provides much-required meeting space for the residents of Kazakhstan’s capital, as winter temperatures frequently plummet to -35º Celsius.

The Dancing Building, Prague

This collaboration between Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry juxtaposes futuristic glass and steel with the surrounding Baroque, Gothic and art nouveau architecture, taking inspiration from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to create a sense of movement within the fixed structure. 

Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs

This visionary building was built in 1963, yet stands up well amongst today’s futuristic designs. Rising 150 feet into the Colorado skies, the 17 pointed spires resemble fighter jets.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

This astonishing urban park bears closer resemblance to the CGI graphics in a science-fiction film than conventional architecture. Highlights include the Supertree Grove; vertical gardens reaching up to 16 storeys high. 

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Arguably a modern art piece itself, the Guggenheim was designed by Frank Gehry. Undulating shapes soften the impact made by the building’s enormous size – it covers a total of 24,000 square metres. 

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku

Futuristic stalwart Zaha Hadid took inspiration from the Möbius Strip in designing this sloping structure. The building provides a stark contrast to the monumental Soviet architecture that characterises Baku.

Tower Infinity, Seoul

An LED facade and clever camera work will allow this as-yet unfinished skyscraper to ‘disappear’, as a statement against the worldwide contest to build the biggest and most prominent buildings. 

Harpa Conference and Concert Centre, Reykjavik

Geometric shapes and a crystalline design play with light, colour and sound in this eye-catching harbour-side building. By night, the building’s LED lights reflect off the surrounding water.

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