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71 Innovative Public Buildings

From Giant Cheese Concert Halls to Underwater Museums

— December 8, 2009 — Eco
While Trend Hunter covers all types of architecture, from treehouse homes to elite eco skyscrapers, this cluster of innovative public buildings comes with its own appeal as it can be appreciated by the masses.

A click through the slideshow will show everything from world class theaters to elaborate museums and incredibly modern libraries. While some are still only concepts, others are standing and ready for your visit.

Implications - Browsing the featured images may have you planning your next vacation. These fabulous buildings stand in places such as Taiwan, Buenos Aires, Germany and Paris. Surely wherever you travel in the world there will be some amazing architecture around you. Don't forget to stop and take it all in!
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Tilting Cultural Centers
Tilting Cultural Centers
The Nabito Architects Theater Complex Has Swagger
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70
Translucent Skinchitecture
Translucent Skinchitecture
Sundsvall Arts Center to Feature Futuristic Outer Layer
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69
Museo Aero Solar
Museo Aero Solar
Plastic Bages Form Flying Museum
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68
Musical Cities
Musical Cities
The National Music Center Creates a New Music District in Alberta
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67
$7.5 Million Movie Theatre
$7.5 Million Movie Theatre
Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA
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66
Architectural Culture Hubs
Architectural Culture Hubs
Shenzhen Creative Centre Embraces Urbanity & Open Space
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65
Golden Community Centers
Golden Community Centers
La Candida Brings Community Together, King Midas Style
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64
Hot Pink Theatres
Hot Pink Theatres
The Melbourne Recital Centre has Funky Shapes and Electric Colors
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63
Crescendo Superstructures
Crescendo Superstructures
The Energetic Zaha Hadid Maxxi Museum in Rome
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62
Underwater Museum in China
Underwater Museum in China
Shipwreck Could Have 80,000 Treasures
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61
Scalable Design
Scalable Design
Single Plan for City Center and Sitting Center
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60
Blooming Flower Buildings
Blooming Flower Buildings
Michael Jantzen's Majestic Wind Farm Celebration Center
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59
Modern Factory Makeovers
Modern Factory Makeovers
The Revamped Red Diamond Dance Centre and Theatre
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58
Spring-Inspired Buildings
Spring-Inspired Buildings
Graz Music Theater
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57
Art Wrapped Architecture
Art Wrapped Architecture
'Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation' on Side of Hong Kong Museum
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56
Captivating Colossal Cinemas
Captivating Colossal Cinemas
IMAX Theatres From Around the World Dazzle Movie-Goers
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55
Iconic Transit Hubs of the Future
Iconic Transit Hubs of the Future
World Trade Center Transportation Hub
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54
Snail-Shaped Music Halls
Snail-Shaped Music Halls
Manchester Art Gallery Hosts JS Bach Chamber Theatre
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53
Theater Quote Walls
Theater Quote Walls
Melbourne Recital Center Redesigned With Giant Word Wall
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52
Flying Saucer Curvitecture
Flying Saucer Curvitecture
The Dish-Shaped International Conference Center in Ouagadougou
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51
Checkered Architecture
Checkered Architecture
Linz09 Info-Center Fuses Modernism, Tradition, Hospitality
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50
Lacey Auditoriums
Lacey Auditoriums
UNStudio's Dazzling Dance Palace Theatre for the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet
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49
Peek-a-Boo Theatres
Peek-a-Boo Theatres
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre Pairs Blackout Blinds With Glass Walls
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48
Literature Tribute Architecture
Literature Tribute Architecture
Knut Hamsun Center Pays Homage to the Norwegian Writer
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47
Wal-Mart Art Museum
Wal-Mart Art Museum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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46
Modish Medical Centers
Modish Medical Centers
The Hague Surgery Building Contemporizes the Classic Hospital
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45
Athletic Fun Houses
Athletic Fun Houses
Paris Sports Center Makes Kid's Sports Psychedelic
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44
Public Angletecture
Public Angletecture
Leaning Learning Center Going Up in Vienna
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43
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
Glow-in-the-Dark Libraries
The Exterior of the Aberdeen University Library Responds to Light
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42
Oversize Opera House Pearls
Oversize Opera House Pearls
The Tornado Tower Taipei Performing Arts Center Concept
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41
Crowning Architecture
Crowning Architecture
Nord Architecture Healthcare Center Design Wins Competition
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40
Vertical Farms for Animals
Vertical Farms for Animals
Paington Zoo Environmental Park to House VertiCrop Garden
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39
Giant Cheese Concert Hall
Giant Cheese Concert Hall
Czech's Honor Famous Composer Antonin Dvorak
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38
Peak-A-Boo Glacial Canopies
Peak-A-Boo Glacial Canopies
The Ribbons Open Air Theatre Weaves Through Space
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37
Nestle Chocolate Museum
Nestle Chocolate Museum
Sweet Mexican Factory
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36
Massive Media Facades
Massive Media Facades
The Taipei Pop Music Center Will Feature Eco LED Technology
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35
Elegant Exotic Car Museums
Elegant Exotic Car Museums
Porsche Panache Set in New Stuttgart Showcase
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34
Tunneled Art Museums
Tunneled Art Museums
The Museum Liaunig Takes Artistry Underground
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33
Contemporary Colosseums
Contemporary Colosseums
Cepezed Architects Design a Modern Amphitheater
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32
Multi-Cultural Projects in Dubai
Multi-Cultural Projects in Dubai
Museum of Middle East Modern Art
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31
Papercraft-Inspired Buildings
Papercraft-Inspired Buildings
Unexpected Polish Architecture for Shanghai Exhibition Hall
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30
Green Museums
Green Museums
California Academy of Sciences (UPDATE)
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29
Texturized Modern Castles
Texturized Modern Castles
The Kanayama Community Center by Kengo Kuma
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28
Eco Museums
Eco Museums
San Francisco's Academy of Sciences
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27
Outdoor Book Rooms
Outdoor Book Rooms
The 24 Hour Library and Community Space in Magdeburg, Germany
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26
Otherworldly Art Museums
Otherworldly Art Museums
Waterflux Alpine Ice Research Station Looks Extraterrestrial
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25
Castle Amphitheatres
Castle Amphitheatres
Cloud Castle Concert Hall Entertains in Vienna
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24
High-Rise Waterfall Zoos
High-Rise Waterfall Zoos
The Towering Eco-Friendly Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires
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23
Egg Cup Architecture
Egg Cup Architecture
Check Out the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City by Lar & Fernando Romero
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22
Massive Indoor Sport Centers
Massive Indoor Sport Centers
The 'Indoor Golf Arena' To Be World's Largest
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21
Cheese Grater Architecture
Cheese Grater Architecture
The Arching Rotterdam Market Hall by MVRDV
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20
Zen Stone Architecture
Zen Stone Architecture
Rocking New Taipei Performing Arts Center Uses Slabstones
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19
Mercury Drop Architecture
Mercury Drop Architecture
The National Library in Prague is Futuristic Fantastic
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18
Movie Theaters of the Future
Movie Theaters of the Future
The Pusan Cinema Center in Korea
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17
Drive-In Museums
Drive-In Museums
China's Automobile Museum Never Makes You Get Out of the Car
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16
Ice-Age Superstructures
Ice-Age Superstructures
Herzog & De Meuron's Elbe Philharmonic Hall
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15
Crop Circle Architecture
Crop Circle Architecture
The Morocco Mall is a Sustainable Shopping Center in Casablanca
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14
Ribbon-Like Amphitheatres
Ribbon-Like Amphitheatres
The Urban Oasis Pavilion is a Sustainable Structure Made from Bamboo
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13
Latticed Libraries
Latticed Libraries
University of Helsinki City Campus Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects is Swank
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12
Iconic Museum Makeovers
Iconic Museum Makeovers
Plans Revealed for Upgrade of London's Tate Modern
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11
Otherworldly Architecture
Otherworldly Architecture
China's Dalian Int'l Conference Center Looks Like It's From Mars
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10
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Futuristic Looped Libraries
Bjarke Ingels Group Wins Competition to Design Astana National Library
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9
Shuttered Volcano Architecture
Shuttered Volcano Architecture
The Taichung Convention Center Ecorupts in Taiwan
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8
Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
Futuristic Movie Theatre in Hong Kong
AMC Pacific Place Cinema
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7
Constantly Changing Museum Hotels
Constantly Changing Museum Hotels
The Museumotel Utopia
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6
Folded Buildings
Folded Buildings
Rio de Janiero's Museum of Image and Sound Looks Layered
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5
Tidal Wave Architecture
Tidal Wave Architecture
Tsunami Museum is Covered in Water Walls, Filled With History
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4
Cracked Glassitecture
Cracked Glassitecture
The South Korea Gimpo Art Hall by Gansam Partners
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3
Shipping Container Theatres
Shipping Container Theatres
Platoon Kunsthalle is an Eco-Friendly Space for Artistic Works
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2
Insect-Inspired Architecture
Insect-Inspired Architecture
The Taipei Cicada Pop Music Center Mixes Bold Forms with Pop Culture
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1
Cube-Shaped Architecture
Cube-Shaped Architecture
Taipei Performing Arts Center is a Building for Blockheads
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