Toychitecture

Architects channel childhood games to create nostalgic edifices

Implications - We've seen a renewed interest in childhood nostalgia, and architecture is one of the many industries in which this theme has presented itself. By channeling the shapes and styles of popular toys, classroom tools and video game features, sentiment is evoked in both passersby and inhabitants of these artistic buildings.
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Thunderstorm Architecture - Tornado-Like 'Helix' Building Blows Them Away in Abu Dhabi
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Thunderstorm Architecture
Tornado-Like 'Helix' Building Blows Them Away in Abu Dhabi
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Book Stack Architecture - Zaha Hadid Creates Offset Design for Edifici Campus in Barcelona
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Book Stack Architecture
Zaha Hadid Creates Offset Design for Edifici Campus in Barcelona
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Modern Ziggurat Architecture - Tiago Viegas' Crea Building Challenge Channels Ancient Cultures
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Modern Ziggurat Architecture
Tiago Viegas' Crea Building Challenge Channels Ancient Cultures
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Faux Pixelated Architecture - The Bodegas Ysios Winery Has a Mario Land-Like Roof
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Average 20,018 Clicks Pub: Aug 10, 09
Faux Pixelated Architecture
The Bodegas Ysios Winery Has a Mario Land-Like Roof
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Stacked Box Architecture - Marcio Kogan Creates The T-Shaped Osler House
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Average 23,716 Clicks Pub: Aug 25, 09
Stacked Box Architecture
Marcio Kogan Creates The T-Shaped Osler House
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Playground-Inspired Architecture - Salzburg's Lanserhofwiese is Colorfully Playful
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Warm 29,349 Clicks Pub: Sep 18, 09
Playground-Inspired Architecture
Salzburg's Lanserhofwiese is Colorfully Playful
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