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Top 85 Architecture Trends in August

From Donut-Shaped Stadiums to Transparent Mountainside Pods

— August 1, 2015 — Eco
Many of the August 2015 architecture trends point to a changing understanding of the way we interact with the structures we use everyday. From innovative buildings that incorporate living plant walls to donut-shaped mega-stadiums that house luxury hotels and museums, there are plenty of awe-inspiring projects that represent the shifting of a culture toward one that prioritizes impact on the surrounding economy and the well-being of individuals.

A popular innovation is the incorporation of exterior plant walls that provide a literal breath of fresh air to condo residents, who will be especially grateful for the lessened effects of urban pollution.

Additionally, dramatic, over-the-top facades can often blend fashion and function, as is the case with the exterior steel cut-out seen on a new campus building at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
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Celebrity-Inspired Skyscrapers
Celebrity-Inspired Skyscrapers
This Beyoncé Building was Inspired by Her Music Video Called Ghost
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Translucent Rainbow Pavilions
Translucent Rainbow Pavilions
This Fully Enclosed Rectangular Pavilion Sits on a Slight Incline
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81
Tunnel-Based Farms
Tunnel-Based Farms
'Growing Underground' is the World's First Urban Underground Farm
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80
Psychedelic Floral Aquariums
Psychedelic Floral Aquariums
The 'Night Aquarium' by 'teamLab' has Fish, Flowers & Flashing Lights
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79
Wellness-Encouraging Skyscrapers
Wellness-Encouraging Skyscrapers
The 22 Bishopsgate Tower is Designed to Promote Occupants' Health
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78
Pop Star-Inspired Architecture
Pop Star-Inspired Architecture
Elenberg Fraser Designs a Skyscraper Modelled After Beyonce
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77
Church Rooftop Viewing Platforms
Church Rooftop Viewing Platforms
Amsterdam's Oude Kerk Gets a Viewing Platform for Summer 2015
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76
Doughnut-Shaped Stadiums
Doughnut-Shaped Stadiums
This Football Stadium Has a Retractable Pitch to Accommodate the UK & US
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75
Tornado-Proof Panels
Tornado-Proof Panels
These Tough Panels Can Withstand the Most Intense Tornado Winds
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74
Earthquake Protection Barriers
Earthquake Protection Barriers
The 'ViBa' is a Vibrating Barrier That Could Help Keep Cities Safe
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73
Forward-Thinking Eco Plazas
Forward-Thinking Eco Plazas
The Ecopolis Plaza Meets the Highest Environmental Design Standards
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72
Living Wall-Sheathed Villages
Living Wall-Sheathed Villages
The 8600 Willshire Community Will Be Wrapped In a Living Wall
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71
Rejuvenating Airport Parks
Rejuvenating Airport Parks
JetBlue's Rooftop Park is Designed to Lift Travelers' Moods
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70
Elemental School Courtyards
Elemental School Courtyards
This School for Kids Becomes a Splashpad in the Rain
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69
Risk Theme Parks
Risk Theme Parks
Architect Soon-min Hong Envisions a Death-Defying Amusement Park
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68
Shipping Container Pavilions
Shipping Container Pavilions
The X-Tainer Shipping Containers are Designed For Public Events
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67
American Commercial Spaceports
American Commercial Spaceports
Federal Aviation Administration Expands Space Tourism in Houston
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66
Miniature Concrete Buildings
Miniature Concrete Buildings
SPACES by Material Immaterial Studio Celebrates Iconic Architecture
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65
Converted Lighthouse Hotels
Converted Lighthouse Hotels
This Private Hotel is Housed Inside Iceland's Dyrhólaey Lighthouse
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64
Ceramic Cup Flooring
Ceramic Cup Flooring
These Stacked Ceramic Platforms Highlight Maruhiro's Tableware
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63
Mirrored Beach Huts
Mirrored Beach Huts
This Peculiar Beach Hut Took Six Weeks to Create and Install
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62
Garden-Shrouded Student Residences
Garden-Shrouded Student Residences
A Project at a Swiss University Will Have Plenty of Greenery
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61
Rooftop Airplane Runways
Rooftop Airplane Runways
This Airport Runway Design is Constructed Above the City at Rooftop Level
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60
Elephant Sanctuary Domes
Elephant Sanctuary Domes
This Elephant House Features a Wooden Roof and Swimming Pools
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59
Typographic Sculptures
Typographic Sculptures
These Abstract Sculptures Spell Words When Viewed at the Right Angles
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58
Charming Urban Accommodations
Charming Urban Accommodations
The Grand Pigalle Hotel Brings Stylish Lodgings to the Neighborhood
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57
Rainbow Rope Pavilions
Rainbow Rope Pavilions
This Rainbow Pavilion Sits in Ecuador for Milan's Universal Exposition
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56
Futuristic Alpine Architecture
Futuristic Alpine Architecture
The Semiotic Alpine Escape Rethinks Traditional Social Heirarchy
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Contemporary Plastic Tea Houses
Contemporary Plastic Tea Houses
This Members-Only Tea House is Made of Plastic Blocks
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54
Circular Infinity Bridges
Circular Infinity Bridges
This Wooden Bridge Boardwalk Goes a Full 360 Degrees From Land to Water
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53
Prefabricated Apartment Units
Prefabricated Apartment Units
The 'La Casa Por El Tejado' Project Aims to Combat Urban Sprawl
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52
Track-Supported Homes
Track-Supported Homes
The 'Small House on Tracks' Will Serve As a Commune For Artists
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51
Carbon Fiber Petal Pavilions
Carbon Fiber Petal Pavilions
This Pavillion Features a Paper-Thin Canopy, Speakers & LED Lights
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50
Water-Reacting Architectural Surfaces
Water-Reacting Architectural Surfaces
Student Chao Chen Designs a Shapeshifting Laminate
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49
Post-Apocalyptic Architecture
Post-Apocalyptic Architecture
Alice Theodorou's Skyscraper is Set to Survive the Next 10,000 Years
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48
Geometric Mirrored Mazes
Geometric Mirrored Mazes
This Giant Maze Can be Toured from the Ground or Viewed from Above
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47
Ultramodern Treehouse Playgrounds
Ultramodern Treehouse Playgrounds
The Garrison Treehouse by Sharon Davis Sits in a Grassy Meadow
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46
Modernized Urban Marketplaces
Modernized Urban Marketplaces
Barcelona's Ninot Market Recently Underwent a Design Overhaul
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45
Spherical Wooden Pavilions
Spherical Wooden Pavilions
The Around Pavilion by Christiansen & Andersen is Built in Copenhagen
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44
Balloon-Roofed Courtyards
Balloon-Roofed Courtyards
This Courtyard in France is Filled with Pink Balloons That Act as a Roof
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Glowing Pillar Pavilions
Glowing Pillar Pavilions
This Pavilion by Piuarch Expresses Shared Energy
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42
Pixelated Ceramic Installation
Pixelated Ceramic Installation
"Unexpected Hill" is a Creative Ceramic Sculpture in London
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Health-Restoring Home Renovations
Health-Restoring Home Renovations
This Virginia Farmhouse Was Updated with Wellness-Focused Design
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40
Super Slender Houses
Super Slender Houses
This Compact Dwelling Measures Just 1.8 Meters in Length
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39
Vortex-Mimicking Pavilions
Vortex-Mimicking Pavilions
This Pavilion Titled PortHole Looks Like an Optical Illusion Portal
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38
Rooftop Cloud Observatory Pods
Rooftop Cloud Observatory Pods
These Cloud-Like Pods are Actually Outdoor Cooling Devices
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Upcycled Office Interiors
Upcycled Office Interiors
This Sustainable Office Building is Made from Eco-Friendly Materials
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36
Understated Luxury Hotels
Understated Luxury Hotels
Each Room at the Boro Hotel Boasts Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
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35
Green-Toned Eateries
Green-Toned Eateries
Green Station is a Healthy Fast Food Joint Branded with Green Interior Decor
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Energy-Positive Homes
Energy-Positive Homes
Solcer House Generates More Energy Than It Needs
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33
Curvaceous Wooden Bars
Curvaceous Wooden Bars
Toronto's Bar Raval is Inspired by Spanish Art Nouveau Design
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Shipping Container Children's Centers
Shipping Container Children's Centers
This Industrial Children's Activity Center is in Australia
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Ornamental Campus Facades
Ornamental Campus Facades
This Stunning Building is Part of the U of Southern Denmark Campus
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Luxury Modular Villas
Luxury Modular Villas
This Coastal Living Concept Features a Series of Luxurious Floating Villas
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Tranquil Floating Villas
Tranquil Floating Villas
The SeaScape Floating Villa Features an Underwater Bedroom
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Mesh Mannequin Sculptures
Mesh Mannequin Sculptures
This Artist Places Massive Human Mesh Sculptures in Ordinary Settings
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Tropical Oasis Eateries
Tropical Oasis Eateries
This Exotic Restaurant Feels Like Tropical Vacation Getaway
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Minimalist Eyewear Boutiques
Minimalist Eyewear Boutiques
Ace & Tate is an E-tailer with a New Physical Outpost in Amsterdam
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3D-Printed Office Buildings
3D-Printed Office Buildings
These Fully Functional Cement Structures Will be Built in Dubai
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Bleacher-Themed Bookcases
Bleacher-Themed Bookcases
These Bookshelf Staircases are Found in Nikken Sekkei's Office Interior
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Unique Cascading Saunas
Unique Cascading Saunas
The Bands is a Spa Experience Designed by a Group of Design Students
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Oversized Shopping Centers
Oversized Shopping Centers
The Oasis Mall Will Contain 500 Shops & 17 Movie Theaters
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Upcycled Pub Interiors
Upcycled Pub Interiors
Hong Kong's Crafty Cow Gastropub Makes Use of New and Reclaimed Materials
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Bare Eyewear Shops
Bare Eyewear Shops
This Minimalist Eyewear Store Uses Bricks to Display Glasses
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Gigantic Public Saunas
Gigantic Public Saunas
The Arctic Circle Houses the World's Largest Public Sauna
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Upscale Low-Income Housing
Upscale Low-Income Housing
These Sleek Apartments Provide Social Housing for Homeless Individuals
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Elevated Housing Domes
Elevated Housing Domes
This 270 Square Foot Pod Home Resembles an Enlarged Tech-Made Lollipop
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Multi-Level Tree Houses
Multi-Level Tree Houses
This Play Place Offers Everything from a Homework Desk to a Slide Exit
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No-Wall Spa Resorts
No-Wall Spa Resorts
The Interior Design for 'Pure Spa' Uses Plants and Foliage Instead of Walls
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Opulent Private Islands
Opulent Private Islands
These New Private Islands are Part of 'The World' Development in Dubai
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Framework Dog Beds
Framework Dog Beds
These Cozy Den-Like Dog Beds Look Like Unfinished House Frames
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Cafe  Beauty Boutiques
Cafe Beauty Boutiques
The 'Beauty Library' Offers Self-Study Beauty Areas & Mass Shelving
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Modern Box Residences
Modern Box Residences
Office of Architecture's Brooklyn Hut Project Celebrates Simplicity
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Floor-Stored Dining Rooms
Floor-Stored Dining Rooms
This Tiny House Stores The Dining Table in the Floor and Bed in the Roof
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Continental Boutique Hotels
Continental Boutique Hotels
The Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam Offers Stunning Canalside Lodging
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Tiny Debt-Free Homes
Tiny Debt-Free Homes
Joel Weber Builds a 145 Square Feet House to Save on Room and Board
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Solar Panel Windows
Solar Panel Windows
This Innovation Turns Solar Cell Technology Completely Transparent
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Self-Sufficient Trailer Homes
Self-Sufficient Trailer Homes
The Wohnwagon Trailer Home Can Fend For Itself
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Flat-Pack Disaster Shelters
Flat-Pack Disaster Shelters
The Temporary Compact Structure Houses Displaced People in Emergencies
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Transparent Mountainside Pods
Transparent Mountainside Pods
These Peruvian Hotel Pods are Attached to the Side of a Rocky Cliff
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Space-Saving Homes
Space-Saving Homes
The Yo! Home Apartments Combine Multiple Rooms Into One
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Subterranean Cliff Houses
Subterranean Cliff Houses
Open Platform for Architecture's Casa Brutale is a Striking Glass Home
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Minimalist Juxtaposed Cafes
Minimalist Juxtaposed Cafes
This Coffee Shop Combines Timber & Concrete for a Raw Interior Design
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