Architectural curiosities: avant-garde projects

From day to day, thousands of architectural projects for infinite uses and purposes are constructed, the majority of which follow along the lines of traditional design, making them unnoticeable. However, a few individuals have dared to generate an impact on society, designing major projects with innovative framework and unconventional architecture. As a matter of fact, Ospinas showcases three major modern architecture projects that have honestly given the world something to talk about.

– Beijing National Stadium: This immense sports complex, which was the main stage for the 2008 Olympic Games, is a perfect example of avant-garde and innovative architecture. The “bird’s nest,” nickname that was given to this world architectural achievement due to its exterior structure, was designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron and has the capacity for 91,000 spectators. Even though the design resembles a bird’s nest, the initial inspiration for the conception of this external pattern was Chinese ceramic designs that can easily be found in this country’s markets. Without a doubt, these visionary architects took it upon themselves to generate immense controversy with this surprising design.

– Bilbao Guggenheim Museum: Considered today as the symbol of the city of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum is a perfect example of avant-garde architecture in the 20th Its structure, which was inspired by the shapes and textures of a fish, intends to break the lines of traditional design, evading symmetry and geometric shapes. Frank Gehry, a renowned North American architect, is the creator of this incredible building that broke all of our history’s architectural parameters.

– 30 St. Mary Axe: This building, located in London, is without a doubt one of the most recognized skyscrapers in the financial district of this important city. It was designed by the famous English architect Norman Foster in the year 2001, and since then, has been commonly referred to as “the cucumber.” Foster’s unconventional design received multiple negative comments due to the incredible contrast that was generated in a city with such immense cultural and historical tradition. However, today, as commonly occurs with a number of this type of new and daring projects, it is an architectural symbol of the city and tourists from all over the world visit it daily to observe its incomparable design.

 Curiosidades arquitectónicas: proyectos vanguardistas


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