Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is an integrated resort with three 55-storey towers capped by a boat-shaped 340 meters long SkyPark with a 150 meters infinity swimming pool. This impressive resort developed by Las Vegas Sands and designed by Moshe Safdie Architects cost approximately S$8 billion (over US$6 billion) to build. The 16-hectre resort combines a casino, 2,560 rooms, two theatres, a shopping mall, restaurants, a Museum of ArtScience and world class convention facilities. The project’s foreground — composed of the ArtScience Museum, an outdoor event plaza along the promenade and the grand arcade — serves as a base from which the hotel towers rise.
Vitra Haus is the home of Vitra’s Home Collection located in the German town of Weil am Rhein which is a suburb of the city of Basel, Switzerland. Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, Vitra Haus is a five-storey building with the theme of stacked houses on the Vitra Campus, joining the Vitra Design Museum. The striking architecture and the complexity of the interior space create an atmosphere that is both grand and intimate at the same time. The white interior walls allow the furniture displays to stand out. At night, the illuminated interior glows from within.
Master Builder Markus Voglreiter who earlier designed the “Auto Residence” decided to build a bigger and sportier structure in the form of a restaurant and bar called “The Car. Das Auto”. Located north of Salzburg, Austria, the Volkswagen Beetle inspired restaurant cost approximately €1.6 million to build and was completed in 2007. The interior design is contemporary, and there is also an outdoor patio seating area for locals and tourists to soak up the atmosphere of this cool restaurant.
This eye-catching building is the home office of The Longaberger Company in Newark, Ohio. Longaberger — a basket manufacturer — commissioned NBBJ Architects and Korda Nemeth Engineering to construct the seven-storey building which was completed in 1997. The Longaberger gold leaf painted tags are attached to the sides of the building along with two basket handles on the top.
The Krzywy Domek “Crooked House” is an unusual piece of architecture located on Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, Poland. Completed in 2004, the building was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg as well as designs by Antoni Gaudí. The magical effect draws many visitors to the property which houses restaurants, cafés and shops.
The architecture and interior design of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank in Tokiwadai, Tokyo, Japan sought to create a relaxing and refreshing space for customers. Architect Emmanuelle Moureaux arranged 14 different colours in a distinctive rhythmical pattern for the windows of the building, and designed silhouettes of trees for the façade. A constellation of leaves in 24 different colours are painted on the interior walls and glass windows, blending with the real trees in the courtyards.
Situated in the heart of Dubai, the tallest man-made structure in the world, designed by architect Adrian Smith, stands as 828 meters (2,717 ft.). The design of Burj Khalifa is inspired by patterning systems in Islamic architecture. The cross section of the tower decreases as the tower rises in height. The tower is the centre for offices, hotel, shopping, dining, entertainment and luxury residences.
The Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan is a new kind of contemporary architecture that turns against the form of buildings as representation of iconic architecture. The design team at Foreign Office Architects created the cruise ship terminal as an extension of the pier ground. The fluid and uninterrupted lines are folded like an origami into an unique structural system that allows its boarding level to seamlessly connect to the city’s underground level. It is also especially adequate in coping with the lateral forces generated by the seismic movements known to affect the Japanese topography.