Every world that was created in popular science fiction novels or films has its own characteristic sci-fi architecture. But not all of these dazzling pieces of architecture are pure fiction. As construction techniques advance, more and more architects draw inspiration out of sci-fi. The result is impressive and interesting buildings that show us that the sky is the limit and the future is now! 

Examples of real-time sci-fi architecture

As we look further into the architecture world, we see how more and more large cities around the world have created architecture that was not so long ago regarded as sci-fi. From integrated ‘vertical forests’ (Milan) to a Tetris-like block structure designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam): these developments are hard to miss. 

Combining sci-fi architecture with greenery

A cool feature that pops up in the latest developments of architecture with a science-fiction touch is that a lot of it has greenery integrated into the designs. Besides the Milan example, there is another impressive creation that deserves some attention: the Marina One in Singapore. This futuristic-looking building might look like it hails from a different solar system, but in its core, you find a beautiful open garden with lush greenery and even some waterfalls. The days of grey concrete are most definitely in the past. 

Marina One Sci-fi architecture
Marina One in Singapore

Marina One is just one example of the new building styles that have elements that seem to come straight out of science fiction. For more examples of the impressive, the hypermodern and the downright crazy building styles, Asia is a true wonderland. In cities like Taipei, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur the sky is truly the limit, and even that is not a given fact. But besides the fact that construction designs seem to get crazier by the year, the cities themselves also grow out of proportion. 

A futuristic desert metropolis

And those developments are unfolding at dazzling speed. Who would’ve thought four, even two decades ago that Dubai would become the futuristic desert metropolis that it is in 2020? The 829.8 metres high Burj Dubai has set a new standard in possibilities; what seemed unthinkable for a long time has now become normal. Sci-fi architecture is all around us and will only become more and more common as cities grow. There’s a great need for more efficient use of space is, and therefore it is only logical that buildings will grow taller and taller. 

What can we expect for the future?

If the last two-or-so decades of having shown us anything is that sci-fi architecture is here to stay. So what can we expect for the near future? It is reasonable to think that there will only become more impressive and futuristic-looking designs available, as well as more architects, urban planners and city councils around the world wanting to have the latest and greatest prestige projects.

This rat-race is perhaps only tempered by a need for more sustainable and environmentally-friendly design. But as we’ve seen in examples such as Marina One: sci-fi architecture and sustainability go rather well together. Exciting times we live in: where sci-fi architecture meets a new, greener style of construction. 

And where do you stand as a 3D architect?

As a 3D architect or designer, you might not design the next Burj Al-Arab or Taipei 101, but even for more modest designs inspiration can be drawn from existing science fiction. As you create your work, it’s always great to see it as it is. With Xuver, that’s possible: you can display your 3D drawings (SketchUp, ARCHICAD, Revit or IFC) into an online, walk-through design that can be viewed inside the browser and together with all your clients: Are you ready for the future? 

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