Buildings that Defy Gravity

Buildings that Defy Gravity

Gravity is one of the determining factors for any architectural creation, this is nothing new. This has turned into a technical, theoretical and development challenge for several architects with the need for creativity and innovation. Here’s a list of five buildings that defy gravity and architectural conventions.

Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)

This building was developed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, and it is commonly known as Fred and Ginger due to the way in which it resembles a couple dancing, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. It stands out among all the buildings in its surroundings due to its bold and innovative style. The way in which the building leans is its main feature, which turns it into a captivating and intriguing work. 

Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This building is the most visited museum in Brazil since it was built in 2015. Santiago Calatrava developed this project inspired by the Carioca culture and by its natural surroundings. It has a 5,000 m² area for exhibitions and a 7,600 m² plaza around the structure. It has large overhangs that defy gravity and a roof with panoramic views of Guanabara Bay.

One Central Park (Sydney, Australia)

This building developed by architect Jean Nouvel features a mix of plants and flowers in vertical hanging gardens. This project is one-of-a-kind due to its innovative structure along with its way of interacting with its natural surroundings. It is one of the most distinctive elements of Sydney’s skyline, which has turned into a main attraction for tourists. It has mirror and light installations that turn the experience into something you must not miss when you visit the city.

NORD/LB Bank (Hannover, Germany)

This bank’s headquarters was developed by Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner. It provides space for 1,500 workers, and it is constructed by blocks set at varying angles. It is covered by a flexible coat of steel and glass that gives the building a unique, asymmetrical and expressionist style. It has a public courtyard on the ground floor, which has tree paths, fountains and beautiful vegetation.

Cube Houses (Rotterdam, Holland)

Dutch architect Piet Blom designed this innovative and edgy project. It is formed by cube-shaped houses which are tilted 45 degrees and placed on hexagon-shaped bases. Each structure resembles a tree, and all of them represent a forest altogether. The project’s purpose is to optimize the space inside by providing the possibility to organize the rooms inside in a better way.

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