An underwater luxury hotel. A farm suspended over New York City. A rotating skyscraper.
Impossible? No. The stuff of dreams? Definitely.
We’ve picked out the most incredible architecture from designers around the world — some plausible, some possible, others currently in construction.
Prepare to be amazed by these 11 incredible buildings from the future.
My Dream, Our Vision
Design Act designed this incredible building, made up of permutated cubes, for the World Expo 2010 Singapore Pavilion competition.
Daniel Libeskind conceived this striking skyscraper for Gazprom City, St. Petersburg.
Graft Lab’s architects created this energy-efficient Vertical Village, to be built in Dubai, with the most advanced solar panels and cells to maximize solar energy production.
Dragonfly Vertical Farm
Vincent Callebaut’s architects designed the “Dragonfly” vertical farm for the New York City skyline. The 132-floor, 2,000 foot-tall structure (resembling a dragonfly’s wing) would contain residences, offices, farming space, and even areas dedicated to growing and studying both produce and livestock.
Songjiang Hotel, China
Atkins’ five-star resort hotel set would be set inside a water-filled quarry in the Songjiang, China. The 400-bed hotel would include underwater public areas and guestrooms. An extreme sports center, offering rock climbing and bungee jumping, would be suspended over the quarry.
Dynamic Architecture Rotating Tower
Architect David Fisher designed a skyscraper made up of pre-fabricated floors that can each rotate independently, resulting in a tower whose shape is able to constantly change. Each floor can complete a full rotation in 90 minutes. Residents, if they own the entire floor, are able to control the speed and direction of the rotation by voice command: wake up watching the sunrise, have dinner watching the sunset.
James Law Cybertecture International designed this 32,000 square-meter Cybertecture Egg, commissioned by Vijay Associate (Wadhwa Developers) for Mumbai, India.
Crescent Hydropolis Underwater Resort
Crescent Hydropolis, currently being constructed in Dubai, will be the world’s first luxury underwater hotel. To enter the 200 submarine suites, guests will arrive at a land station, then be transported via train to the main area of the hotel offshore. The 1.1-million-square-foot area will include a shopping mall, restaurants, movie theaters, and missile-defense system, all 60-feet underwater.
ACME United Nations Memorial Space
ACME, a design firm, submitted this stunning hive-like design to South Korea’s design competition, which called for designs for a memorial space in a United Nations Peace Park. Individual cells are combined to form this cube structure.
Cobra Towers, Kuwait
Part rumor, part legend, the Cobra Tower is a vision for a twisted skyscraper that would adorn Kuwait’s cityscape.
Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center
Zaha Hadid’s Performing Arts Center will form part of a multi-billion dollar cultural district in Abu Dhabi. Hadid describes the structure as a “biological analogy”, with branch and leaf-like components that are “transformed from these abstract diagrams into architectonic design.”