In a time where increasingly higher sustainability demands have to be met for new constructions, a concern could be that this will result in dull and functional architecture. But quite the contrary is happening on the international architecture stage. New construction projects seem to come straight out of sci-fi films: futuristic architecture is already among us!
What will the city of the future look like?
When we look at the possibilities of modern technology, the future is most definitely now. Who would’ve thought that we built an entire metropolis in the desert (Dubai) or create buildings that have integrated green spaces (Singapore, Milan) that will create an overall better environment? Creativity in the architecture world is seemingly endless. Let’s view some examples.
- The Danish power plant and Ski slope
The Danish capital of Copenhagen isn’t exactly what one would think of when considering a skiing destination. However, that could change in the near future. The Amager resource centre is to become a sustainable energy plant (turning trash into energy, powering the city). But that’s not all: because the sloped roof of the plant will provide a 609-metre tall skiing slope and the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall.
These types of futuristic buildings are becoming multi-functional. A building like this occupies a large amount of space, it is becoming necessary they have multiple uses.
- Micro Apartments in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is perhaps the world’s most expensive city, and there is simply no space. As a way to easy Hongkong’s housing crisis, James Law Cybertecture developed micro-apartments constructed from concrete water pipes, measure 2.5. metres in height.
These pipe-apartments are aimed to fit right inside the gaps between buildings and are aimed to offer temporary relief in Hongkong’s ultra-expensive housing market. If this is the future, we are not sure if we want to be part of it.
- 3D printed office in Dubai
When looking at futurist architecture and new innovations, it’s hard to ignore the United Arab Emirates. A combination of money and a great sense of showing off what can be achieved makes for quite some impressive results. Let’s keep the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands on a side note here because those have been talked about a lot over the last few years.
No, Dubai’s latest stunt is called ‘the office of the future’: and it’s the world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed building. The beauty of 3D printing is its ability to substantially cut construction time of build, labour costs, and reduce waste creating a smaller environmental footprint. The whole office was printed in just 17 days and installed on-site in just two.
What will futuristic architecture look like?
If the abovementioned examples show anything, it is that futuristic architecture takes up many shapes and sizes. From insanely big powerplants to the smaller projects such as the 3D printed office, albeit no less impressive. There is a big demand for new techniques that will create an overall better, faster and more sustainable architecture and construction process. As an architect or 3D designer, now is the time to adapt and start creating for future generations.
Make your projects available online
So whether you are designing the next Burj Khalifa or a smaller office building: your designs can be as creative and futuristic as you want! In order to make your 3D designs come to live to your clients, Xuver has a platform that will make your designs available as an interactive 3D model inside the browser.
There is no need to download any special software and everyone involved will be able to walk around inside the model with their very own 3D figure, the avatar. You can try out Xuver today. The future is now!
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