Traveling is a pleasure that often takes us back in time. We visit places of historical interest, monuments that marked moments of great importance, and that make the world as we know it. But what if we could travel to the future? At Exoticca, we can’t time travel (yet), but we can offer you a glimpse of how most avant-garde architects see it. Here are some of the most modern buildings in the world that you can visit today.
At a time when the environment is a major concern, the most modern buildings in the world cannot fail to take it into account. The two large skyscrapers that make up the vertical Bosco in Milan are a perfect example of the combination of sustainable architecture and respect for nature.
These are two residential buildings in which the apartments coexist with more than 2,000 species of plants. One of the towers measures 80 meters, the other 112 meters and they shelter a multitude of human families, but also 5,000 shrubs, 300 small trees and 480 more or less large trees. The 1,500 square meters of urban land is equivalent to approximately 20,000 square meters of forest. Without a doubt, an example of sustainable development and respect for the environment.
The headquarters of Chinese television
The Chinese TV building got second place in our list of the most modern buildings in the world, not because of its height, but because of its concept. The design of the OMA is a loop that integrates all the functions that the country’s television needs. the different departments scattered around the city of Beijing, whereas today they are united and part of a production process that reflected in the same building. It is formed by two towers leaning towards each other which meet at the same time at the base and in the overhang. Together they form a loop that refers to closed circuits of television. Architects disassociated themselves from the race to build a building taller than those in their surroundings, focusing on creating a useful and meaningful structure. If you are visiting Beijing, do not hesitate to go and see it.
The City of Wine, in Bordeaux
This building is located in one of the most traditional French towns. If you like wine tourism, you can’t miss it. Among the classic buildings with stone facades and slate roofs, you will find a metal building whose shape is reminiscent of flowing wine when served in a glass. Some say it’s a huge jug.
If its metallic exterior resembles the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Sydney Opera House, its interior is completely different. Inside you will find 13,000 square meters devoted to wine, its places of origin, its elaboration, and everything related to it.
After the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, architect Arata Isozaki teamed up with artist Anish Kapoor to carry out a concert tour to the most affected places.
And why mention an art tour in an article about the most modern buildings in the world? Because this time it’s not just the orchestra that is moving, but the whole building. Arata Isozaki designed and built an inflatable concert hall that went on tour in 2011 and has continued to do so ever since. The structure shaped like a bean and its PVC-covered polyester exterior swells in every new city. It can accommodate up to 700 people.
The winner of the “Design of the Year 2014” prize awarded to the building located in Azerbaijan, more precisely in its capital, Baku. It is a cultural center whose rounded shapes seem not to touch the ground. Fragile and unstable in appearance, it hosts cultural events and exhibitions. It was built as part of the project to convert the country into a modern 21st-century city. We advise you to go and see for yourself if the architects have achieved their goal.
Tverrfjellhytta Reindeer Pavilion
We started the article by mentioning two skyscrapers that reflect concern for the environment and we end it with a building fully integrated into nature. Indeed, the Tverrfjellhytta Reindeer pavilion is located in Dovrerfjell National Park in Norway. A place dedicated to the observation of reindeer in their natural habitat. Its ninety square meters are open to the public, who can come to the facilities to contemplate the flora and fauna of the place. It is made of steel, glass, and wood, its cubic appearance on the outside contrasts with the warm and sinuous interior.