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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

ArchiWorld: Some buildings that transformed cities around the world

World Trade Center Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava (New York)

Known as the Oculus, this state-of-the-art transportation hub quietly opened following a $4-billion construction. It was designed to resemble a white dove (a symbol of peace) taking flight with a skylight that retracts annually to commemorate the 9/11 attacks.

The Orange Cube by Jakob + Macfarlane (Lyon, France)

A five-story design center in a former docking district of Lyon, the Orange Cube is exactly what it says on the tin. Featuring a light, porous façade of pixelated metal, its huge atrium is created by a deep conical hole in the top corner, generating space and creating a singular presence upon the industrial landscape.

Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church by MAYU architects+ (Tainan, Taiwan)

A peaceful refuge among the city's residential buildings, the Tainan Tung-Men Holiness Church incorporates a cafe and a bookshop on the ground level, and a simple sanctuary above. The perforated-aluminum screens on its exterior are oriented in accordance to the Fibonacci sequence.

Salling Tower by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter (Aarhus, Denmark)

Built to satisfy the construction of a new waterfront neighborhood, Salling Tower serves as both an urban sculpture and a viewing platform. Folded, origami-like, at the edge of the city's docklands, it hovers over the historic trading port like a portholed nod the area's maritime past. At night, LED lights illuminate the arrow-shaped tower from the inside.

Cayan Tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Dubai, UAE)
Courtesy Tim Griffith
The Cayan Tower twists out of the architectural mishmash of Dubai waterfront, each floor rotating 1.2 degrees around a cylindrical elevator to create a 90-degree turnaround from top to bottom.
While the official reasoning is wind force reductions, the result is a subtle, swirling skyscraper with views of the marina promenade visible from the first floor, and the white sands of the gulf stretching out from the top.

Parish Church Señor de la Misericordia by Moneo Brock Studio (Monterrey, Mexico)

Courtesy Jorge Taboada
Best viewed against the backdrop of the mountainous landscape that surrounds it, the church is remarkable for its lack of ornamentation. While the façade is certainly contemporary, the shape is unmistakably church-like, rendering it modern yet familiar, perceptible yet strange.

Emporia shopping center by Wingårdhs (Malmö, Sweden)

Courtesy Tord-Rikard Söderström
Located to the south of Malmö, the Emporia shopping center drags you into its entrance. Its curved, amber glass creates an inviting esplanade.
Using colored atriums to give a strong atmosphere and identity to its retail hubs -- organized in a figure eight plan -- the building features office and residential spaces, as well as a rooftop park the size of four football pitches.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art by SO-IL (David, California)

Courtesy Iwan Baan
Uniting indoor and outdoor beneath a large steel canopy, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art acts as an abstract patchwork, tying together galleries for the University of California, Davis, as well as a courtyard, lobby and several study areas. Inspired by the surrounding agricultural landscape -- think the flat plains of California's Central Valley -- it is viewed best in the context of the area's expansive horizon.

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  1. Beautiful and fascinating buildings. i just the bird shape Transport Hub New York