Jul
3
2014

A peek into the future of Architecture

A peek into the future of Architecture

A peek into the future of Architecture

Bold, environment friendly and innovative, the future of architecture will be all that and much more. From a dystopian styled building to an urban farm designed like a dragonfly’s wing, we look at some of the most innovative and crazy ideas in architecture that could actually become part of tomorrow’s homes.

Songjiang Hotel

 

Songjiang Hotel by Atkins Designs

Songjiang Hotel by Atkins Designs

Songjiang's amazing Architecture - Featuring a green roof, geothermal energy and an underwater  restaurant and guest room

Songjiang’s amazing Architecture

This amazing hotel will have a green roof, geothermal energy and an underwater  restaurant and guest room

This amazing hotel will have a green roof, geothermal energy and an underwater restaurant and guest room

A concept by Atkins Design, the Songjiang Hotel sits beautifully on a water filled quarry in the Songjiang district just outside Shanghai in China. Featuring a green roof, geothermal energy and an underwater restaurant and guest room, this innovative hotel was supposed to be completed by May 2009, but as of now, it’s still a concept.

LilyPad Island

 

Vincent Callebaut's floating city - LilyPad Island

Vincent Callebaut’s floating city – LilyPad Island

The concept behind the architecture of LilyPad Islands

The concept behind the architecture of LilyPad Island

Architect Vincent Callebaut should actually be applauded for dreaming up something as audacious as this. With a capacity of 50,000 inhabitants, this floating city will feature lakes and mountains and would be completely independent and self sustaining. LilyPad would be one big clean green mega city with its solar panels, wind tunnels and power stations to harness wave energy.

Dragonfly, a Metabolic Farm for Urban Agriculture

 

Dragonfly by Vincent Vallebaut

Dragonfly by Vincent Callebaut

The Architecture of Dragonfly

The Architecture of Dragonfly

Another one by Vincent Callebaut, this beautiful dragonfly inspired design aims to meet the food, housing and energy challenges of the future.  The entire structure would be powered by a combination of solar and wind power and the farming would take place on the 132nd Floor.

The Venus Project

 

The Venus Project

The Venus Project

Global warming and the growing human population are some of the challenges we’ll face in the future. Project Venus is a redesign of an entire way of living for the maximum benefit of the people and the planet. Circular cities with built-in-farms, public transits, and sea cities that can accommodate millions are some of the complex and visionary ideas of this mega redesign concept.

Dynamic, Wind-Powered Rotating Tower

 

David Fisher's Rotating towers

David Fisher’s Rotating towers

Once completed this tower will be a marvel in architecture

Once completed this tower will be a marvel in architecture

Italian architect, David Fisher’s first skyscraper will be an amazing feat in architecture once completed. Fisher wanted to design a space where the resident could enjoy both sunrise and sunset from the same room. So he came up with this brilliant idea of rotating floors. Every floor of this 80-story self powered building rotates according to voice command and a single rotation will take up to 3 hours.

Dystopian Farming in Manhattan

 

Eric Vergne's Dystopian farm

Eric Vergne’s Dystopian farm

This one resembles an insect nest and combines farms, housing and market places into one mega structure. Designed by architect Eric Vergne, the Dystopian Farming project was inspired by the skyscraper farming concept and was designed to create a sustainable vertical density. This beautiful escalating biomorphic structure will be a self-sustaining food source for the city.

Do you know of any other concepts that could define the future of architecture? Let us know in the comments section.

 

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While Nair loves his job as a graphic designer, he’s also a technology writer and an avid traveller. He claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after being held hostage for hours at many a do by people who want to consult about their next vacation!

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