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19 Examples of Retro-Inspired Architecture

From Life-Size 8-Bit Recreations to Retro Gas Stations

— June 27, 2013 — Art & Design
While most architects are looking to create structures that are modern or futuristic in design, these examples of retro-inspired architecture buildings are reverting back in time to themes and references that were popular back in the day.

What better way to stand out from all the sleek and minimalist-looking structures than by showcasing a building that references old school, vintage looks? These nostalgic pieces of architecture are infusing elements that were utilized years ago as a technique to draw in those accustomed to these iconic themes. From buildings that humorously resemble the 8-bit imagery from retro video games to beach homes that feature a vintage 1960s feel, these retro-inspired architecture designs will certainly have people stopping in their tracks to have a look.

If you're interested in taking a step back in time, then these examples of retro-inspired architecture will offer up some great cases of vintage design techniques.
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Life-Size 8-Bit Recreations
Life-Size 8-Bit Recreations
Enjoy Massive Retro Pixelated Images in HESAV S'Anime Time-Lapse Video
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Historic Building Replicas
Historic Building Replicas
Creative Architects Honor Their Heritage with Deceivingly New Buildings
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Retro Oceanside Escapes
Retro Oceanside Escapes
Casa Kimball Has a 70's Vibe to It; Thankfully, No Bell Bottoms
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Retro-Styled Abodes
Retro-Styled Abodes
The Jaime Lacasa Home is a Vintage Cozy Cocoon
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Mod Monolithic Architecture
Mod Monolithic Architecture
L'And Vinyards Hotel Embodies Luxury and Modernity in its Crispness
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Retro Retirement Homes
Retro Retirement Homes
The Armstrong Place Senior Housing is Full of Life
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Retro Sci-Fi Retailers
Retro Sci-Fi Retailers
The Dover Street Market London Makeover by Rei Kawakubo is Eye-Catching
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Reconstructed Castle Homes
Reconstructed Castle Homes
The Lymm Water Tower is Converted into a Modern Manison
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Retro Party-Ready Residences
Retro Party-Ready Residences
The Atenas 038 House by Dayala + Rafael Arquitetura is Stunning
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Vinyl Record Cratechitecture
Vinyl Record Cratechitecture
Raphael Vinoly's Atlas Building Channels Retro Music
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Remodeled Retro Abodes
Remodeled Retro Abodes
The 'House Lam' by Nico van der Meulen is a Modern Take on a Vintage Home
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Vintage Gas Station Bathrooms
Vintage Gas Station Bathrooms
An Old Fill Station Becomes a Quirky Rest Stop and Washroom
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Retro Beach Abodes
Retro Beach Abodes
The House in Palabritas Beach by Metropolis is 60s-Inspired
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Retro-Modern Masterpieces
Retro-Modern Masterpieces
Dupli Casa Blends Past and Future
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Retro Gas Stations
Retro Gas Stations
Top Architects Thought They Could See Future
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Bipolar Retro-Modern Homes
Bipolar Retro-Modern Homes
The Alvarado House is Conservative Up Front But Modern At the Back
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Eclectically Retro Eateries
Eclectically Retro Eateries
The Matto Bar and Pizzeria is Cozy and Rustic
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Retro-Industrial Beach Homes
Retro-Industrial Beach Homes
The 'Point Perry Beach House' by Owen and Vokes Architects
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