The Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center building concept is mythological. Absolutely mind-boggling, it is loosely inspired by the Atlas statue by Lee Lawrie. Instead of traditional architectural pillars and other building supports, this stunning structure relies one very big golden man to bear most of its weight on his shoulders. Thankfully, he has some help from a few metal legs and a gold pyramid.
Designed by Norwegian Superunion architect studio as a proposal for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center competition, it is definitely one of the more unique submissions. Aside from its astounding aesthetics, this piece of architecture also has meaning. It not only symbolizes mankind, but also represents the importance of supporting science.