This is our bi-weekly selection of five exceptional architecture projects around the world from firms doing the great work of keeping our landscapes beautiful. Don’t forget to check back frequently for the latest and greatest!
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Architect: Zaha Hadid
Named after the late President Heydar Aliyev of Azerbaijani, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijani houses a gallery, library, museum, and three auditoriums. The building was designed to inspire and promote studies of Azerbaijani history, language, and spiritual values.
The Center is draped in a white visage that gradually melts into the landscape and is lifted briefly to peak into the glass façade. Outside, the design continues to flow with cascading steps and waterfalls that sink into the grounds below.
Palaon Research and Experience Center
Architect: Holzer Kobler
Located in Schöningen, Germany, this mirrored building houses the towns 300,000 year-old hunting spears. Besides the exhibition area, it also contains restaurants, stores and an active research area.
Appropriately sharp in design and stealth-like in appearance, the Center still manages to blend into the background with its entirely reflective appearance. Against the azure, the severe edges quietly sever the structure from the sky.
Architect: Studio Arthur Casas
This 11,000 square foot renovated penthouse is located in Urca, a neighborhood near São Paulo, Brazil. It is tucked away on the Quinta da Baroneza golf course.
The contemporary house has a revealing concept throughout the house with many walls and ceilings that open to expose the beautiful views of the city, Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Clean, straight lines are paired with warm furnishings of the Brazilian style to make this airy home cozy.
Architect: Jacobsen Arquitetura
This Brazilian home was designed as a family retreat and also happens to be surrounded by serene golf courses.
The design combines contrasting textures and deep colors that complement one another. Sharp angles direct your gaze to various elements of the house as well as the inviting scenery. The block structure
is delineated with a mosaic of jagged rocks mingling with conventionally laid wooden planks as well as glassy pools.
Architect: Tony Caro
These apartments are fitted in six residential towers each with roughly 20 floors near Sydney, Australia. While the exterior appears slim and speckled with color, the interior of the apartments is sleek yet expansive. The design boldly balances variable linear flooring with its curvaceous ceilings. The structure invites natural light and harbor views through its windows while still providing enough privacy.