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PSFK’s Trending Topic: Architecture That Thinks Outside The Box

Designers and artists are creating architectural forms that go against the norms.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on December 25, 2013. @leahgonz

While Corbusian forms and typical glass boxes seem to be all the rage these days, several architectural examples have popped up recently that are breaking the mold. From a building facade that doubles as an interactive LED Rubik’s cube to an upside-down building in the UK, designers and developers are putting effort into creating structures worth more than one glance.

See some of these unique architectural projects featured recently on PSFK.

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3D-printed Box Turns Building Facade Into Virtual Rubiks Cube

Artist and designer Javier Lloret created the Puzzle Facade, a 3D-printed white Rubiks cube connected to a digital display projected on the facade of the Ars Electronica building. As the player moves the 3D-printed cube, the projected LED lights change accordingly.

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Translucent House Lets Light In Without Sacrificing Privacy

Japanese architects Suppose Design Office constructed a house using translucent polycarbonate sheets to let natural light in without exposing the interiors. The House of Tousuien, three storeys and designed for a family of five, features translucent cladding. The ground floors housed the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The upper storeys housed the master bedroom and children’s rooms.

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Starbucks Opens a 1900s Apothecary-Inspired Cafe

Starbucks’s latest New Orleans store looks like an apothecary run by local merchants in the 1900′s. The coffee company used inspiration from the Louisiana merchants of the past and the surrounding neighborhoods. The store features vintage schoolhouse chairs, a chandelier made of vintage horn instruments, and a large mural reflecting the area’s shipping heritage.

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Upside-Down Building Merges With Its Surroundings

London-based artist and designer Alex Chinneck’s new public installation, Miner On The Moon, consists of an old building that looks like it has been turned on its head. The building was originally used as storage for horses and carriages. Chinneck constructed a new facade, complete with upside-down shopfront, windows, and doors. The installation was created for the Merge Festival in London.

 

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