Modern Architecture: Impressive Buildings That Challenge Gravity

If there is one condition of modern architecture, it’s that the construction must prevail standing. Yet some architects push the limits, obviously challenging with Newton’s universal law of gravity, to design structures that not only seem to defy reasoning but are excellent at that.

From a cantilevered shed created by the Dutch-based firm MVRD to an impressively accumulated construction in Hanover, by the Stuttgart-based firm Behnisch Architekten, these modern architecture buildings seem impracticable to conceive, let alone produce. Of course, all of these modern architecture constructions passed stringent zoning laws before they were built.


Building: Museum of Tomorrow
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect: Santiago Calatrava

Completed in 2015, 1.4 million people visited the Museum of Tomorrow during its inaugural year, far surpassing the predicted 450,000 visits. It is currently the most-visited museum in Brazil.


Building: Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank
Location: Udine, Italy
Architecture firm: Morphosis Architects

The architects tilted the whole construction 14 degrees to the south so the upper floors easily shade the under floors of the building, thereby preserving power.


Building: Cube Houses
Location: Rotterdam, Holland
Architect: Piet Blom

The design for the 38 homes was intended to serve a village within a city, but realistically talking, the design was meant to optimize the area inside of the home set in an urban space.


Building: Odeillo Solar Furnace
Location: Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, France

The Odeillo solar furnace is the world’s largest solar furnace. The location was chosen because of the continuation (more than 2,500 hours per year) and the state of sunlight that hits the area.


Building: Balancing Barn
Location: Thorington, England
Architecture firm: MVRDV

On one end of the home, visitors inside the space can feel environment at ground level. On the other end, they are capable to view the world as if they were at tree height, a phenom that happens externally the visitor having to climb a set of stairs.


Building: MARTa Herford
Location: Herford, Germany
Architect: Frank Gehry, Hartwig Rullkötter

The Marta Herford is one of the first museums in Germany to exhibit the interfaces between art, design, fashion, and architecture as a site for reflection and aesthetic articulation.



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Building: Dancing House
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Architect: Frank Gehry

The motivation for the construction formerly came from the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Building: NORD/LB Bank
Location: Hanover, Germany
Architecture firm: Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner

The bank has financed in a widespread art collection, including some 3,000 works by such postwar artists as Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, and Jannis Kounellis, among others. The works are presented within the various company buildings.


Building: Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University
Location: Singapore
Architecture firm: Heatherwick Studio

The design was meant to rethink the ways in which educational structures are built, allowing students and professors to more effectively communicate in an open setting.


Building: One Central Park
Location: Sydney
Architect: Jean Nouvel

With a mix of different flowers and herbs on the structure’s exterior standing nearly 165 feet high, the building’s vertical swinging garden is the tallest in the world.


Building: Solo House
Location: Spanish region of Matarraña
Architecture firm: Takei Nabeshima Architects

While the structure hasn’t been finished, the design will appears as though two upside-down concrete pyramids have been placed in the middle of a forest, setting modern architecture into nature.


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Building: Heydar Aliyev Center
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Architect: Zaha Hadid

The point of the building sliding design is all the more important, as it’s a distinct difference from the rigid Soviet-era architecture that once defined the region.


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