Mile-high Jenga.

September 16, 2010 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

While the buildings below may not really reach a mile high, the concept of stacking forms in architecture has seriously piqued my curiosity since a new Netherlands hotel was designed as if pieces of local architecture were “randomly stacked upon one another.”

I’m still undecided on how successfully this strategy executes, especially since I believe in respecting any project’s context much more than I believe in creating stunning but impractical designs. And as these designs have been primarily featured because of their aesthetic impact (as I’m doing here), I’m a bit hesitant to put my full support behind them.

Nonetheless, the following examples of stacked architecture look pretty amazing:

VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and completed in 2010.
via designboom / photo by Iwan Baan

Axis Viana Hotel in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Designed by VHM and completed in 2008.
via Architectural Record / photo by Nelson Garrido

Ironbank Building in Aukland, New Zealand. Designed by RTA Studio and completed in 2009.
via Contemporist / photo by Patrick Reynolds

Bumps Building in Beijing, China. Designed by SAKO Architects and completed in 2008.
via Wallpaper

September 16’s daily design idea is creating human-scale forms within a larger mass can help people connect with its potentially overwhelming presence.


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