Forty years ago, a prominent designer received a call from an undergrad architecture student who told him that a design flaw in his 59-story Manhattan skyscraper could cause it to collapse during a storm. Initially he scoffed, then disturbingly, figured that she was right.
The largest brick building in the Americas is located on an uninhabited island 68 miles west of Key West.
Hitler and his architect Albert Speer believed in the “Ruin Value” of buildings. He aimed for every building that the Third Reich built to have aesthetically pleasing ruins 1000 years from their completion.
Lewis Bradbury asked a $5/week draftsman with no architectural training to design his $500,000 building in 1892. Wyman agreed after consulting his dead brother via Oija board. The Bradbury Building in LA is a National Historic Landmark and appeared in movies such as Blade Runner.
Stockholm has a 20-story light up tower and the color of every floor can be changed by anyone with a smartphone. It’s meant to be a statement on the power of democracy and the the public.
The design of the tallest residential building in the world, 432 Park Avenue in Manhattan, is inspired by a trash can.
The reason buildings in Hong Kong have gaping holes is to allow dragons free passage from their mountain homes to the sea.
A parking garage in Miami Beach was described as having a “stunning” design and has hosted weddings, wine tastings, and dinner parties.
There is a Buddhist Temple complex in Thailand made out of over 1.5 million empty beer bottles.
If you clap your hands in front of Chichen Itza’s El Castillo pyramid, the echo will sound like a chirping bird.