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Top 85 Architecture Ideas in June

From Rotating Skyscraper Concepts to Louvered Bas-Relief Facades

— June 25, 2017 — Art & Design
It's funny comparing the June 2017 architecture trends to what the field of architecture originated as. Before architecture was a field -- indeed before it was even a word or a fully formed concept -- people needed to rely on ur-architecture in order to build shelter for themselves, their families, and their communities. Today, architecture still provides those basic needs, but it has moved up Maslow's hierarchy to far loftier goals.

One of the universal tenets of architecture is to never place form above function. Architecture is one of the few arts that not only has expressive abilities but also needs to serve people in their daily lives. Though many of the June 2017 architecture concepts might look egregiously form-focused, more often than not those aggressive forms yield functionality. For instance, 'The Bolt,' a pavilion built for Clerkenwell Design Week, looks like little more than an abstract gazebo. However, its oddly angled spikes are hand-placed to let in the precise amount of light throughout the day.
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Employee-Friendly Architecture Certifications
Employee-Friendly Architecture Certifications
'Just Design' Recognizes Good Labor Practices
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Hand-Glazed Ceramic Facades
Hand-Glazed Ceramic Facades
EPR Architects' Office Building is Covered in 10,000 Hand-Glazed Tiles
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Twin Tropical Townhouses
Twin Tropical Townhouses
MM++ Architects Holiday Homes Employ Traditional Gestures
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Galactic Sky Scraper Concepts
Galactic Sky Scraper Concepts
This High-Rise Structure is a Sky Scraper Built Atop an Asteroid
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Cantilevered Concrete Rooms
Cantilevered Concrete Rooms
Edificio Isabela's Facade is Marked by Protruding Concrete Volumes
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Crosshatched Concrete Balconies
Crosshatched Concrete Balconies
MFH Dali Rain Shows Off Cantilevered Viewpoints
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Angular Riverside Villas
Angular Riverside Villas
Atelier Boronski Built a House on the Banks of the Kamo River in Kyoto
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Mountain Range Housing
Mountain Range Housing
EFFEKT has Proposed a Housing Scheme Based on the Shapes of Mountains
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Granite Galician Arts Centers
Granite Galician Arts Centers
Zooco Estudio's Design Features Roughly Hewn Granite Facades
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Sharp Aluminum-Plated Buildings
Sharp Aluminum-Plated Buildings
'Central Embassy' is a Luxurious Building in Bangkok, Thailand
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75
Emojified Architectural Gargoyles
Emojified Architectural Gargoyles
Attika Architecten Designed a Building with Emoji Figures
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Lengthy Infinity Pools
Lengthy Infinity Pools
The Soderman Infinity Pool Will Stretch Along the Baltic Shoreline
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Shingle-Surrounding Cottages
Shingle-Surrounding Cottages
Mimosa Architects Built a Home Entirely Covered in Shingles
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Feminist Virtual Reality Apps
Feminist Virtual Reality Apps
'The Whole Story Project' Immortalizes Famous Historical Women
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Tortoise-Like Cycling Arenas
Tortoise-Like Cycling Arenas
Thorvald Ellegaard Arena Has a Roof Like a Reptilian Shell
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70
Embedded Buddhist Shrines
Embedded Buddhist Shrines
Arch Studio Carved This Shrine Into a Grassy Berm
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69
Contemporary Bog Museum Extensions
Contemporary Bog Museum Extensions
The Silkeborg Museum is Planning a New Wing
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Crowdsourced Architecture Guides
Crowdsourced Architecture Guides
The Architectour Books Curate the Best Urban Architecture
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Menorah-Like Jewish Centers
Menorah-Like Jewish Centers
Drexel University's Center for Jewish Life Features a Columned Facade
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Terra Cotta Farms
Terra Cotta Farms
DEAR FARM Features Oddly Placed Windows and Terra Cotta Shingles
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Tubular Airport Extensions
Tubular Airport Extensions
Oslo Airport has a New Wing Designed by Nordic Office of Architecture
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Diplomatic Friendship Pavilions
Diplomatic Friendship Pavilions
House of Switzerland Pavilion Honors Mexican-Swiss Relations
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Latticed Stone Pavilions
Latticed Stone Pavilions
The Stone Matters Pavilion Returns to Tradition with a Modern Form
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Art Deco Cultural Centers
Art Deco Cultural Centers
This 1930s Cinema was Converted into a Vibrant Cultural Center
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Friendship-Forming Bench Stunts
Friendship-Forming Bench Stunts
Nescafe's 'Hello Bench' Helps Strangers Break the Ice
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Circus-Inspired Architecture
Circus-Inspired Architecture
This Circus Arts Facility Puts a Modern Twist on the Big Top
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Converted Garden Studios
Converted Garden Studios
Silver & Co Designed an Art Studio from a Decrepit Garden Shed
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Geometric Home Extensions
Geometric Home Extensions
Benoit & Roselyne by DIXNEUFQUATREVINGTSIX Modernizes an Old Villa
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Holey Home Exteriors
Holey Home Exteriors
'Aperture Home' Features Interesting Natural Light Access
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Architectural Archaeological Coverings
Architectural Archaeological Coverings
Tsinghua University Made a Canopy for the Qianfoya Cliffs
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Repurposed Garden Highways
Repurposed Garden Highways
MVRDV Transformed a Seoul Highway into a Garden Promenade
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Shimmering Symmetrical Duplexes
Shimmering Symmetrical Duplexes
'Double Duplex' Features an Illusive Shining Facade
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Glass-Walled Viewing Rooms
Glass-Walled Viewing Rooms
Jan Skuratowski's House M Offers Views of the Town's Horizon
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Ringed Off-Grid Residences
Ringed Off-Grid Residences
Solo House II is on a Hilltop in a Remote Catalonian Forest
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Pool-Spanning Passageways
Pool-Spanning Passageways
Villa Safadasht Features an Elevated Walkway Over Its Courtyard Pool
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50
Twisted Log Cabins
Twisted Log Cabins
Bergmeisterwolf's 'Twisted House' Reinterprets Classic Building Styles
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Repurposed Garden Offices
Repurposed Garden Offices
Architect Created Industrial Garden Offices from Shipping Containers
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Rebranded Architecture Schools
Rebranded Architecture Schools
The School of Architecture at Taliesin is Frank Lloyd Wright's
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Materially Diverse Apartments
Materially Diverse Apartments
Bulgaria 533 is Built from Brick, Wood, and Concrete
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Exposed Brick Pulley Systems
Exposed Brick Pulley Systems
MZNO Architects' CoLAB Design Features a Raw Manual Forklift
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Beautiful Brutalist Gymnasia
Beautiful Brutalist Gymnasia
The Saint George College Gym Has a Low-Slung Horizontal Layout
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Spokeless Ferris Wheels
Spokeless Ferris Wheels
China is Now Home to the Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel
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Sustainable Prefab Homes
Sustainable Prefab Homes
This Home Was Made Using Only Recyclable and Reusable Materials
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Parallelogram Brick Facades
Parallelogram Brick Facades
'Woof Shadow' Features a Raised Brick Facade with a Unique Pattern
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Exposed Olympic Swimming Pools
Exposed Olympic Swimming Pools
The Kennedy Town Swimming Pool Features a Shell-Like Roof
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Folding Solar Shades
Folding Solar Shades
The New Dubai Apple Store is Shielded by 'Solar Wings'
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Mosaic-Covered Condo Buildings
Mosaic-Covered Condo Buildings
POP XYZ Features a Facade Covered in a Monochromatic Mosaic
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Dodecahedral Art Galleries
Dodecahedral Art Galleries
Trevor Horne Architects Designed a 12-Sided Building in London
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Homeless Veteran Housing
Homeless Veteran Housing
'The Six' Provides Housing for Homeless and Disabled US Veterans
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Converted Food Halls
Converted Food Halls
'Malmo Saluhall' is in a Once-Dilapidated Freight Depot
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Spiky Plywood Pavilions
Spiky Plywood Pavilions
'The Bolt' is on Display for Clerkenwell Design Week
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Cityscape-Building Modelling Systems
Cityscape-Building Modelling Systems
The New Arckit Set Lets Users Build Their Dream Cities
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Hybrid Concrete-Wood Towers
Hybrid Concrete-Wood Towers
C.F. Moller's Vasteras High-Rise Features Solid Wood and Concrete
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Socially Focused Refugee Tents
Socially Focused Refugee Tents
Maidan Tent Aims to Offer a Social Hub in Refugee Villages
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Herringbone Concrete Churches
Herringbone Concrete Churches
The Church of Santa Maria Assumpta has a Modern Design
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Bare-Bones Urban Houses
Bare-Bones Urban Houses
OMMX and Naked House' London Homes Target First-Time Buyers
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Stony Wooden Homes
Stony Wooden Homes
Sticks & Stones Home is in the Sydney Suburb of Hunters Hill
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Modular Brewery Buildings
Modular Brewery Buildings
BRLO BRWHOUSE Can Be Dismantled and Rebuilt If Necessary
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Unbuilt Architecture Museums
Unbuilt Architecture Museums
'Never Built New York' Illustrates Architecture That Never Came to Be
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Louvered Bas-Relief Facades
Louvered Bas-Relief Facades
GS1 Portugal's Facade has an Angular, Sculptural Mural
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Architectural Emoji Decorations
Architectural Emoji Decorations
Attika Architeckten Added Unique Grotesques to a Building
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Design Store Headquarters
Design Store Headquarters
The West Elm Corporate Headquarters Recently Moved into a Brooklyn Space
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Tropical Brick Houses
Tropical Brick Houses
'Tropical House Urveel' Uses Creative Bricklaying for Airflow
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Stilted Seaside Bathhouses
Stilted Seaside Bathhouses
The Kallbadshus Offers Immediate Sea Access After a Sauna
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Beautified Bunker Abodes
Beautified Bunker Abodes
Bar Orian Architects' Tel Aviv Home References Brutalism
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Faux-Stilted Country Cottages
Faux-Stilted Country Cottages
Hemishofen House Features Illusive Columns on the Ground Floor
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Merged Modern Industrial Homes
Merged Modern Industrial Homes
'Truss House' Pays Homage to Its Industrial Past
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Rotating Skyscraper Concepts
Rotating Skyscraper Concepts
The Dynamic Tower is a Rotating Skyscraper Set to be Built by 2020
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Customized Apartment Pods
Customized Apartment Pods
The Vending Machine Skyscraper Concept Contains Reusable 3D Printed Pods
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Precipitous Home Patios
Precipitous Home Patios
Skyline House Offers a Patio That Appears to Extend Into the Air
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Climate Change Sculptures
Climate Change Sculptures
Lorenzo Quinn's Sculpture Reminds Viewers of Environmental Effects
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Lavish Bank Vault Bars
Lavish Bank Vault Bars
The Bar in 'The Ned' was Formerly London's Midland Bank's Vault
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Vivid Tropical Eateries
Vivid Tropical Eateries
The Madero Café Fuses Lush Greenery with Neon-Colored Beach Decor
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Futuristic Bio-Dome Designs
Futuristic Bio-Dome Designs
Florida's Waterfront Will Be Revamped with Bio-Climatic Domes
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Modular Rearrangeable Buildings
Modular Rearrangeable Buildings
Substrate Factory Ayase is a Community Space with Removable Walls
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Embedded Hillside Homes
Embedded Hillside Homes
Habitat Andergassen Urthaler is Built Into a Natural Area
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Suspended Cubic Homes
Suspended Cubic Homes
DE BAEDTS House is Raised on Concrete Supports
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Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Andersson-Wise's Bunny Run Boat Dock is on Lake Austin
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Urban Tree Installations
Urban Tree Installations
This German Start-Up Aims to Reduce Pollution Using Vertical Planters
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Cutesy Woodland Cottages
Cutesy Woodland Cottages
The Wooden House by Studio PIKAPLUS Sits in the Hills of Slovenia
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Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Grimshaw's 'MySpace' Cubby House Lets Kids Design Their Play Space
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Rugged Prefab Cabins
Rugged Prefab Cabins
Gapahuk is Designed to Handle the Harsh Weather of Norway's Mountains
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Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Manofactory Designed 'Nestinbox' Houses to Hang from Cliffs
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Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Mami House is Stylish While Sticking to a Budget
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Charred Timber Prefab Houses
Charred Timber Prefab Houses
The Muji Hut is an Affordable Prefab Cottage
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