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One of the trippier buildings I've been in is the stalinist cathedral in Rio De Janeiro:

Outside
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3498/3187393759_8eca745e78.jpg

Interior
http://visualrian.com/storage/PreviewWM/3248/60/324860.jpg
http://www.alamy.com/thumbs/6/%7B9151DC67-1D5A-4F6A-8017-4589EA192342%7D/A1166D.jpg

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Hollings campus in Manchester - a.k.a. the 'toast rack'. From the outside it's a toast rack next to a giant fried egg, and I seem to remember a bit inside that's like looking up at a mushroom.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Fallowfield_campus%2C_Manchester_Metropolitan_University.jpg/800px-Fallowfield_campus%2C_Manchester_Metropolitan_University.jpg

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Coventry's massive sports centre.

It has waves in the roof over the swimming pool...
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Coventry_sports_and_leisure_centre_26l07.JPG/800px-Coventry_sports_and_leisure_centre_26l07.JPG
- and an 'elephant' stuck on the side.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2296/2253991033_6b5cdc34d4.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3288/3150738193_08f4f1e6df.jpg

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glad this thread is back, but our IT dept have implemented something that now blocks photo's which are presumambly deemed 'naughty'.

http://www.theprintproject.co.uk — letterpress printing

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This bank building in Austin, Texas has conspiracy theory nuts all worked up due to it's evil symbolism and the fact it looks like an owl:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/Toejamphotos/SA0NypX95sI/AAAAAAAABec/5gPdCSuNlsM/s800/DSCN0435%20copy.JPG

Also, if you're into that kind of stuff ... Denver International Airport, crazy place:

http://justgetthere.us/blog/uploads/DenverAirport3.jpg
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/imagenes_area51/denver_airport_mural1.jpg
http://www.sheepkillers.com/images/denver6.jpg
http://www.deepspace4.com/pages/chemtrails/chemtrailcro/chemtrialcomonfiles/pics/picsfullsize/ostalo/dead.jpg

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In the pyramid you hate

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The Baha'i Lotus Temple in Delhi. I was lucky enough to visit this a few years back and it's quite something.
http://www.eso-garden.com/images/uploads_bilder/bahai_lotus_temple_delhi_1.jpg

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This isn't real, but can you imagine if it was?

There was a competition to come up with ideas for something to join Alaska to Russia over the Bering Strait. That website seems to be down, but there are some pics of the winning ideas...

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_01_medium-528x368.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_09_medium.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_07_medium.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_13_medium.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_12_medium.jpg

http://www.archdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/bering_strait_off_arch_06_medium.jpg

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I've seen that Jaws film with the water park enough to know that that particular idea is no good and will inevitably result in me being eaten by a shark.

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Also I know The Gherkin splits opinion (I personally don't particularly like it) but I think the way it's designed is pretty impressive

The building uses energy-saving methods which allow it to use half the power a similar tower would typically consume. Gaps in each floor create six shafts that serve as a natural ventilation system for the entire building even though required firebreaks on every sixth floor interrupt the "chimney." The shafts create a giant double glazing effect; air is sandwiched between two layers of glazing and insulates the office space inside.

Architects limit double glazing in residential houses to avoid the inefficient convection of heat, but the Swiss Re tower exploits this effect. The shafts pull warm air out of the building during the summer and warm the building in the winter using passive solar heating. The shafts also allow sunlight to pass through the building, making the work environment more pleasing, and keeping the lighting costs down.

The primary methods for controlling wind-excited sways are to increase the stiffness, or increase damping with tuned/active mass dampers. To a design by Arup, Swiss Re's fully triangulated perimeter structure makes the building sufficiently stiff without any extra reinforcements.

http://plus.maths.org/issue42/features/foster/gherkin_outside_web.jpg

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This is a really good blog written by a guy who knows his stuff, which is (mostly) about architecture: http://nastybrutalistandshort.blogspot.com/

"Before I give my own review of this book I just want to say that I am a huge harry potter fan, to the extent that I actually have a deathly hallows tattoo on my bottom. I'm also quite ill right now, but I fought against my horrid cold to read this book. "

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AlexN wrote:

Also I know The Gherkin splits opinion (I personally don't particularly like it) but I think the way it's designed is pretty impressive

I like it a lot personally. Could be due to its phallic nature.
The curved shape also means that it goes inwards towards the base, so that it doesn't take up all the land at the bottom leaving a nice plaza area to sit in

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Ed wrote:

This is a really good blog written by a guy who knows his stuff, which is (mostly) about architecture: http://nastybrutalistandshort.blogspot.com/

Thanks for this, although the pics aren't working at the moment. Looking at the side shows me just how many interesting blogs there are out there! I'm glad i have some spare time now

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Pandasrule wrote:

One of the trippier buildings I've been in is the stalinist cathedral in Rio De Janeiro:
Outside
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3498/3187393759_8eca745e78.jpg

Took me a while to get my head round this, I thought it was an extreme upward shot with the building firing off into the distance but it's actually a cone-shape. Cripes

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More prospective Dubai ludicrosity:

http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/0dayview1.jpg

The Cloud - A resort that resembles a cloud 300 metres in the sky.

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wtf

best/worst thing i've ever seen

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Two different bone churches

http://www.vagabondish.com/wp-content/uploads/prague-bone-church-4.jpg

http://eternallycool.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/bone-church-4.jpg

and an indie culture reference

http://www.canyouseethesunset.com/uploaded_images/make-believe-bone-church.jpg

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AlexN wrote:

I can't get rid of the impression that Dubai is the tackiest place in the world!

It is, but fascinating at the same time. Everything is over the top, the buildings are huge and some of them are fantastic but the place has no town planning at all. Everything is a taxi drive away, some places are actually pretty much impossible to walk to.

http://realestate.theemiratesnetwork.com/developments/dubai/palm_islands/images/palm_jumeirah.jpg
awful place part from the amazing water park at the end!


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QlR4hl7D3d4/SByuIh20N-I/AAAAAAAAAYw/lpG8_XZzRX4/s400/zayedmosque2.jpg
http://lukman3k.googlepages.com/sheikh_zayed_grand_mosque_25.jpg
http://lukman3k.googlepages.com/sheikh_zayed_grand_mosque_01.jpg
Thats the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Its the only building ever leave me in total awe and I only got to see the outside of it as its only open for one tour a day and we got to Abu Dhabi too late.

Even Abu Dhabi airport is really cool. This is the departures and arrivals bit
http://www.paul-andreu.com/images_coul/bb_b.jpg

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Found a great website today - http://www.besthousedesign.com/

http://www.besthousedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/the-east-beach-cafe.jpg
Apparently that is a cafe by the beach in Littlehampton of all places.

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Last time I push this back up, but I've just discovered there is a place called Ordos in Mongolia that is soon to become an architects playground.  A rich chap has commissioned 100 massive one off houses to be built.  No idea why, could look absolutely mental.

http://hammer.ucla.edu/newsblogs/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/16ordos-100-models-at-art-museum.jpg

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http://www.stylishandtrendy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Chateau-dIf-prison.jpg

http://images.france-for-visitors.com/images/large/1005.jpg

Chateau d'If off Marseille. The original Alcatraz. So eerie in there. Something about being in a charred room where you know Catholics burned loads of Protestants to death is unnerving...

windofpain wrote:

I really like grey concrete brutalist stuff:

You might like the horrible building I work in then.

http://www.flaktwoods.com/25400d6c-853f-476b-900b-5bfc2d098106

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more."

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http://lh6.ggpht.com/_dlkAw43cLC0/SR1rarVGkJI/AAAAAAAAAsE/V0ZaPsds5zo/s800/20-unusual-churches-p1-caldari.jpg

http://www.havewheelswilltravel.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/l1010385.JPG

The church at the top of Reykjavik. It looks even more incredible in the flesh.

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more."

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Church was totally covered in scaffolding when we were there. Shame.

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http://englishrussia.com/images/rls_duga/7.jpg

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Two more from Marseille:

http://www.premierfrenchleaseback.com/images/uploaded/Marseille_Cathedral_de_la_Major.jpg

The Cathedral.

http://www.popattractions.com/data/media/166/notre-dame-de-la-garde-marseilles.jpg

And Notre Dame de la Garde.

All of Marseille is filled with amazing buildings actually. You should probably just go there.

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less, but Nature more."

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The Damanhur temple is awesome - it's set in a small village in Italy called Valchiusella... since 1978 a man called Falco and a group of volunteers have been recreating visions that Falco claims he has seen since he was 10 which are from a past life where people worked together in a sort of highly-evolved commune. This is what it looks like from the outside:

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But 100 feet underground there are temples, tunnels, mosaics and all kinds of other crazy shit like this:

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It looks incredible - apparently it was only discovered when police came round because he hadn't been paying his taxes. Now it's a totally self-sufficient eco-community with it's own university, schools, organic supermarkets, vineyards, farms, bakeries, etc. Cool as fuck, kind of like Rampart meets the Sistine Chapel.. www.damanhur.org

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On a totally different note, I thought the hole in t'road in Sheffield was dead cool. A pretty hefty bomb exploded in the city centre during WWII which created a massive crater. Naturally, our first instinct was to make it look like a topless UFO then turn it into a roundabout:

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There were fishtanks in it and everything, although the whole thing stunk of piss and the fishtanks had the brownest water and the shittest fish ever inside... it is Sheffield after all. It's been covered up for at least 15 years to make way for the tram, which is probably more practical but definitely doesn't look as good. It reminds me a bit of another awesome piece of architecture, the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio:

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I like this thread a lot, especially all the weird Soviet-inspired concrete stuff.