Utilizing architecture and science with the aid of new-age technology, architects are able to build wonderful standalone pieces in the world that make a landmark feature in the place. While most structures and buildings are known to go the conventional ways and architectural techniques, some bold architects and companies have made terrifying yet marvelous structures and designs that were completely unthinkable. Pushing the boundaries of science and design, architects all over the world have made possible the construction of gravity-defying structures. This article is an ode to such inspirational state of art design cores that can take an idea and make a multitude of seamless opportunities with it.
From hanging walls and blocks of concrete to a simple shapeshifting architectural building, the formations have expedited physics and mathematics and made buildings that could change the trajectory of conventional building designs.
Torre Mare Nostrum
Gas Natural Building, also known as Mare Nostrum Tower, is an office skyscraper located in Barcelona, Spain. This 22 storied building inexplicably shows off modern architecture and construction techniques. Made by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue in high tech architectural style. The building displays a unique design due to the two horizontal blacks protruding and extending horizontally supported by one end only, from a flat vertical surface which in this case is the main building tower.
Built during the 2004 Beijing Olympics, formed by the OMA group, This exclusive building structure is formed by conjoining two L shaped towers which are linked with an angle creating a Z shaped crisscross pattern. Due to its irregular grid at the building façade with an angled forming a loop, This building grabbed its attention due to its gravity-defying structure and height.
SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
The Seattle Central Library was constructed in 2004, Giving way to an exquisite redefinition of the conventional form of libraries. Regulating the interior structure first, the library seems to be working from the internal floor plan rather than the external look. This architecture was designed by Rem Kool has and Joshua Prince Ramos, it is a book spiral with 275 seat auditoriums. The library has a particularly distinct appearance with glass and metal formed grid platforms that seem to be attached in different corners and surfaces that appear floating from the mainframe of the building.
One of its kind landmark structure, The Holmenkollbakken is situated in Norway. It is a Ski Hill which is a sports venue for various international and state-level ski championships. This marvel is made by Julien De Smidt. At the top of the in-run where the jumper runs down to generate speed before their jump is 346 feet tall from the ground. The hill area itself was modelled 19 times before the ski hill was finally formed with state of art facilities and anti-gravity-defying architecture.
Formed in 2013, De Rotterdam was built in The Netherlands. Its shape-shifting appearance from different directions and angular blocks placed differently makes it in the gravity-defying architectures of the world. It is a building for offices, Hotels and restaurants and apartments. It’s a 44 floored building that is the largest building in the Netherlands. With three buildings that are divided into upper and lower towers from outside, the three upper towers are shifted from the lower towers a few metres, in different directions. The unique shape allows for ventilation for the apartments and restaurants and the tall structure and allows for wind stability.
MUSEUM OF TOMORROW
Combining art, design and architecture, this science museum was built-in 2015 by Santiago Calatrava taking inspiration from nature and the city. This is the most visited museum in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and the structure seems to float on the sea due to its gravity-defying dome-like shape that extends several meters from the main building. As the name suggests, The museum depicts the future and along with its beautiful shape and design, it has sustainable futuristic installations to support that including recycled water, solar panels, rainwater and many such alternatives.
ENDLESS BRIDGE MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Made by Jean Nouvel, the Endless Bridge is a significant feature of Guthrie Theatre. This famous bridge protrudes from the Guthrie theatre in an odd rectangular for that narrow downs at the end. Its significance is dispelled by the Mississippi River and the structure is visible from the sea from all sides. Its 178 feet above sea level and declares a bold glass blue defying gravity structure. The theatre is a home for off-Broadway theatre performances, classrooms and amphitheaters.
Odeillo Solar Furnace
Odeillo Solar Furnace in France is the worlds largest solar furnace. It is 54 meters tall and 48 meters in width. The effective building design makes it experience large amounts of sunlight. The mirrors on the surface are placed to receive and retain sunlight through various layers of adjacent glass panels.
The parabola effect which was designed to make the building makes it appear gravity-defying. The structure combines sustainability and beauty to make it a useful, non-polluting source of energy.