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62 Art-Based Buildings

From Jello Palaces to Book Made Buildings, Architectural Art is Boundless

— April 18, 2013 — Art & Design
Architectural art is something that we’re surrounded by on a daily basis, but hardly ever take the time to ask questions about or study. This list of examples of phenomenal architectural artworks may feature structures you may find fascinating or just straight up bizarre, but it goes to show that the people responsible for constructing the buildings we eat, sleep and live in make magic with their designs.

Featuring everything from Liz Hickock’s edible architecture that sees this artist making miniature buildings out of jello, to Marjan Teeuwen’s destructive apocalyptic architecture, this list isn’t about the size or style of buildings, but rather what they’re being used to express.

Buildings and how we use their space can really be a fascinating adventure, which many of the artists on this list have chosen to use as a way to express themselves.
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Fire-Breathing Bridges
Fire-Breathing Bridges
This $85 Million Dragon Bridge in Vietnam Lights Up and Breathes Fire
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Wall-Ripped Artworks
Wall-Ripped Artworks
Unfolded Architecture Shows That Art Can be Found at Every Turn
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Looming Atmosphere Art
Looming Atmosphere Art
Thomas Lamadieu's Fills in Open Spaces with Quirky Doodles
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Organically Undulating Seats
Organically Undulating Seats
Mathias Bengtsson's Paper Chair Uses No Frame, Joints or Screws
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Fading Architectural Artwork
Fading Architectural Artwork
These Matt Bahen 'After The Wolves' Oil Paintings are Sombre
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Neon Architectural Artistry
Neon Architectural Artistry
Kervin Brisseaux Renders Futuristic Images Evocative of TRON
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Eviscerated Architecture Art
Eviscerated Architecture Art
Marjan Teeuwen Presents Chaotic Buildings on the Verge of Collapse
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Natural Galactic Pavilions
Natural Galactic Pavilions
The Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 References Nature
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Typographic Architecture Artwork
Typographic Architecture Artwork
Frank Magnotta Will Dazzle Your Eyes With Text Towers
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Colorful Stick Architecture
Colorful Stick Architecture
The Ekoda Sugamo Shinkin Bank is Cheerful and Playful
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Mountain-Mimicking Structures
Mountain-Mimicking Structures
The Slow Horse Hotel Resembles the Slopes of Ski Hills
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Abstracted Corridor Architecture
Abstracted Corridor Architecture
Working Blue Appears to Comprise Vertically Oriented Hallways
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Stunning Seaside Escapes
Stunning Seaside Escapes
Villa Kishti by Frank Alfred Hamilton and Cecconi Simone Inc is Refined
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Stringy Steel Sculptures
Stringy Steel Sculptures
Convergence by Chris Fox Flows Cohesively
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Abstractly Amalgamated Architecture
Abstractly Amalgamated Architecture
Contemporary Vernacular Expresses a Modern Indigenous Style
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Dinsaur-Modeled Homes
Dinsaur-Modeled Homes
The Jurgen Mayer H OLS House is Shaped Like Ancient Creatures
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Illuminated Structure Captures
Illuminated Structure Captures
This Collection of Bridges at Night by Cuded is Marvelous
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Aged Architecture Art (UPDATE)
Aged Architecture Art (UPDATE)
Matthias Haker Turns Forsaken Buildings into Unforgettable Art
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Chromatic Architecture Captures
Chromatic Architecture Captures
The Hong Kong Facades Series by Miemo Penttinen is Visually Bold
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Atavistic Architectural Art
Atavistic Architectural Art
Illustrator Thibaud Herem is Inspired by His Hometown
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Chic Penthouse-Style Cabins
Chic Penthouse-Style Cabins
This Renovated Georgian Bay Cottage by Altius Architecture is Flawless
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Imaginary Architecture Art
Imaginary Architecture Art
Denis Andernach Renders Abstract Structures within Barren Landscapes
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Elastic Environment Buildings
Elastic Environment Buildings
11 11 Triples as a Parking Garage, Restaurant and Yoga Studio
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Book-Made Buildings
Book-Made Buildings
The Book Cell by Matej Kren is an Octagonally Awesome Accomplishment
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Sleek Keyboard-Shaped Loungers
Sleek Keyboard-Shaped Loungers
The Keyboard Sofa by Zo_loft Will Have Office People Buzzing
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Urban Waterfall Architecture
Urban Waterfall Architecture
425 Park Avenue in NYC Gets a Makeover by Norman Foster
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Distorted Architectural Art
Distorted Architectural Art
Gabor Ekecs Digitally Alters Photographs of Disney Hall
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Sharply Angled Abodes
Sharply Angled Abodes
The Nth Fitzroy House by AM. Architecture is Modern and Sophisticated
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Revamped Farmhouse Designs
Revamped Farmhouse Designs
A2BC's Farmhouse Architecture Mixes Modern Style with Rustic Living
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Meticulous Seat Structures
Meticulous Seat Structures
The Screenplay Bench by Oyler Wu Collaborative is Complex
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Sturdy See-Through Homes
Sturdy See-Through Homes
The Rio Bonito House Features Clear Beams of Glass
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Abstractly Linked Architecture
Abstractly Linked Architecture
The CASIS Headquarters Embodies a Stylized Exterior and Circulation
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Artistic Fast Food Joints
Artistic Fast Food Joints
The McDonald's in Batumi, Georgia is a Feat of Fast Food Architecture
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Webbed Angular Architecture
Webbed Angular Architecture
The Hewlett House by MPR Design Group Epitomizes Modern Ideals
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Sculptural Structured Supports
Sculptural Structured Supports
A Monstrous Cardboard Squid by Wil Natzel
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Garden-Infused Staircases
Garden-Infused Staircases
The Ars Technica Staircase Project Includes Plants Under Each Step
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Protruding Window Architecture
Protruding Window Architecture
The Shipara Office Building Slopes Like a Vertical Skate Park
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Sci-Fi Pool Pavilions
Sci-Fi Pool Pavilions
The Aquarena Aqua Leisure Center Embodies its Futuristic Inspiration
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Optical Illusion Architecture
Optical Illusion Architecture
This Solar Powered Home Attempts to Trick the Eye
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Abstract Architecture Art
Abstract Architecture Art
Mattia Mognetti's Photography Distorts and Manipulates Buildings
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Intricate Transforming Towers
Intricate Transforming Towers
The Hydropolis Skyscraper Embodies and Elaborate Structure
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Mirrored Canopy Structures
Mirrored Canopy Structures
The Port Vieux Pavilion is Reminiscent of Chicago's Cloud Gate
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Slatted Barn-Like Buildings
Slatted Barn-Like Buildings
Proyecto Roble is a Mod But Fitting Feature in its Agrarian Landscape
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Skeletal Ripple Structures
Skeletal Ripple Structures
The Mosque Amir Al-Momenin is Designed with Sustainability in Mind
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Abstract Expressive Facades
Abstract Expressive Facades
Granular Spa Haus' Sculptural Cladding is Indicative of its Interior
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Brilliant Blinds Sculptures
Brilliant Blinds Sculptures
Haegue Yang Creates Sensual Experiences Through Her Architectural Art
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Timeless Stone Residences
Timeless Stone Residences
The Cassell Street House is Inspired by Byzantine Buildings
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Folding Facade Abodes
Folding Facade Abodes
Dolomitenblick by Plasma Studio Slices Through Its Spanning Landscape
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Surreal Architecture Artistry
Surreal Architecture Artistry
Jeremy Miranda Turns Living Quarters Into Painted Masterpieces
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Grid-Like Wave Canopies
Grid-Like Wave Canopies
The Lignum Pavilion Shows Off the Modern Uses of Wood in Architecture
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Stark Minimalist Homes
Stark Minimalist Homes
This New Addition to Spanish Architecture is by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquit
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Illusory Imploding Interiors
Illusory Imploding Interiors
'PuLSaTe' Uses Op-Art Architecture to Create a Captivating Showroom
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Arched Geometry Structures
Arched Geometry Structures
The Roskilde Dome Pavilion is Home to the Danish Music Festival
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Remixed Chapel Concepts
Remixed Chapel Concepts
The Notre Dame Haiti Cathedral Modernizes a Classic Design
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JELL-O Architecture Artworks
JELL-O Architecture Artworks
These Liz Hickok Creations are Spectacular Zero-Impact Edible Art
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Vibrantly Geometric Illuminators
Vibrantly Geometric Illuminators
These Geometric Light Sculptures Features Mesmerizing Displays
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Cubic Labyrinth Interiors
Cubic Labyrinth Interiors
The JAIST Gallery Design is Inspired by Cryptic Puzzles
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Laidback Luxury Beach Abodes
Laidback Luxury Beach Abodes
The Beech House by Altius Architecture is Modern Yet Liveable
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Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
AMC Pacific Place Cinema
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Avant-Garde Architecture Editorials
Avant-Garde Architecture Editorials
The Vogue Italia Suggestions Photoshoot is Mostly Geometric
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Origami-Esque Architecture
Origami-Esque Architecture
The DMAA Festival Hall Compositionally Mimics Magnified Paper Craft
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Eco Urban Tree Houses
Eco Urban Tree Houses
These High-Tech Tree Houses Bring Green Shelter to Urban Areas
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