The Valpelline Bivouac – an alpine shelter on a rocky peak in Italy’s Morion ridge – prefabricated offsite and dropped into place by helicopter.
Made from composite wooden panels and steel, anchored to the rock by cables, it offers a base for climbers trekking over the ridge, with cooking facilities, storage and stunning views of Becca di Luseney, Monte Rosa, and the Matterhorn.
Taiwan’s recently opened National Kaohsiung Centre For The Arts, Weiwuying – a vast performing arts venue (the world’s largest by far) covering 35 acres of a 116 acre park in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.
The undulating structure, built by Dutch engineering firm Mecanoo and inspired by the undulating canopy of local banyan trees, incorporates a 2,236-seat opera house, a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 1,210-seat playhouse, a 434-seat recital hall, and an outdoor theatre built into the sloping roof.
The 2018 Aggregate Pavillion is a movable structure composed of 70,000 reusable star-shaped components. Created by researchers at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute For Computational Design and Construction (ICD), it’s the world’s first fully enclosed architectural space composed entirely of elements that hold their position by loose frictional contact.
The spiny ‘pavilion’ – whose construction, in essence, combines the properties of a solid shape and a shape-shifting fluid – was made by pouring the strangely familiar plastic shapes into a 8.8m x 9.7m enclosed space containing balloons (to create the negative space) which were then deflated and removed.
Mind now. You’ll have your eye out on that.
A selection of especially gravity-defying examples of Brutalist architecture.
From top: Grand Central Water Tower, Midrand, South Africa, (1996); Armstrong Rubber Company Building, New Haven, Connecticut, (1968); São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil, (1968); Praxis Home, Mexico City (1970); Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum, Austria, (2010) and De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, ( 2013).