Modern Architecture on the Cutting Edge

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Robison Wells
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With all the talk of modernizing the industry, it’s also important to take a look at the amazing new innovations that are coming out of modern architecture. Here are some of the greatest new buildings that have flown under the radar. And many of these aren’t in grand operahouses or libraries, but are in quiet, utilitarian uses.

Stazione Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana, Italy

This whimsical structure is a railway station for a new high-speed line. It’s based on a flat plane, the tallest structure in an otherwise featureless landscape, and the designers decided to give it a distinctive wave pattern of concrete and glass. This creates shadows and light to dance inside, while also giving the outside observers flashes of red as the train crosses into the building.

Noisy-le-Grand, France

Just outside Paris, these round structures, nicknamed “Camemberts” after the wheels of French cheese, serve as housing, parking, and entertainment. Built in the 1980s, these startling edifices have served as backdrops for movies such as Brazil and The Hunger Games, due to their unusual, dystopian appearance.

Norddeutsche Landesbank Building, Germany

Taking on a different look from every angle, and seeming to defy gravity, this German bank takes up an entire city block. From the front door, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a normal office building, with glass and steel construction, and no inner ornamentation to betray the outside wildness of the building. But take a step back and you’ll see a true architectural marvel.

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