Claire L Cardwell in The Naked Architect, Architects and Technicians, beBee in English Writer (The Naked Architect) • Blue Designs (+27 82 399 0180 / +27 66 232 3676 - WhatsApp) Nov 4, 2017 · 3 min read · +600

Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age Fantasy

I am a Sci Fi fan.  I also love weird and wacky architecture.  Here are some of my favourite flying saucers and the bizarrely beautiful futuristic buildings  :-

Bizarre Buildings Part Two - Space Age Fantasy

So tell me - people - wouldn't you love to live somewhere like this?  

It's so great that I couldn't resist posting another pic!

This was Mexican Architect Juan Carlos Ramos' last visualisation project for a competition.  It's well worth a look :-

I love this one - it really does look like a bit of a crash landing - this is the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific and Technical Reseach Development in Kiev....

Alien Ships can also look quite friendly...

This is the Futuro House - it was designed by Finnish Architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, unfortunately only 96 were built.  The pods are made of fibreglass-reinforced polyester and plastic.  The price of plastics tripled in 1973 during the oil crisis.  

Yes the Alien Ships were often flown into place...  This no doubt accounts for the Finnish chilled out attitude towards Aliens.

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Zaha Hadid - well known for her space age, fluid futuristic designs - also designed a space ship command centre in Moscow - this is owned by Naomi Campbell and her property magnate husband - Vladislav Doronin - he commissioned the house for her...  

Casa Tobogan or The Slide House was designed by Z4Z4    .Apparently the clients wanted a modern space that reflected their love of inter-galactic travel - sorry the article said Global - but seriously what globes did the clients visit?

Check out the interior :-

How about JFK's Terminal 5?

I love it!  Would be very interested to find out what any Aliens out there feel about this funky starship design!

The Encounter Restaurant at LAX ...   This building was designed by James Langenheim, of Pereira & Luckman.  Unfortunately it closed in 2013...

Orbit Gas Station in Sacramento, California.

You can now take tours around Bob Hope's House... Palm Springs, California by John Lautner.

John Lautner also designed this house in Malibu

No article on Space Age Architecture would not be complete with out a pic of the Goldstein Residence, LA, California - loving John Lautner's style!

Rendering of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium by Zaha Hadid

Lyon Saint-Exupery Train Station by Santiago Calatrava

Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland, architect - Mario Botta 
And of course - Frank Gehry's futuristic de-constructed Architecture...

Marqués de Riscal Restaurant, Spain by Frank Gehry.

and finally another classic :-

Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA, California by Frank Gehry.

I know I will have missed out a few of your favourites - let me know if you have a Alien Architecture Fantasy and perhaps I will add it to the list!

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Claire L Cardwell Nov 20, 2017 · #15

@Jerry Fletcher - thank you! I think a blog post on John Lautner is well over due - I particularly like the Malibu House I included here. I think it's stunning. Right now the only Lautner house I could afford would be if Lego brought out a model building kit of one!

Babak Bibak Nov 19, 2017 · #14


Jerry Fletcher Nov 6, 2017 · #13

Claire, Wonderful! the pyramid house is, for me, a design exercise but the John Lautner designs make me want to see them though I'd probably not find one I could buy.

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Claire L Cardwell Nov 6, 2017 · #12

#10 @Aleta Curry - I do really like the pyramid, but the Malibu house by John Lautner ticks all the boxes for me. Glad you enjoyed the article!

Aleta Curry Nov 6, 2017 · #11

#2 If you've got the money to buy it, @Ken Boddie, you aren't worried about getting the windows cleaned!

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Aleta Curry Nov 6, 2017 · #10

Wonderful piece, @Claire L Cardwell; informative and written with a lot of humour.

I love seeing this out-of-this-world architecture, even if many of them are to my mind 'a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there'.

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Claire L Cardwell Nov 5, 2017 · #9

Thanks for the share @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher!

Claire L Cardwell Nov 5, 2017 · #8

#7 That would be awesome @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! The only place I can think of that might have a collection of space age buildings would be China - I did a piece a while back about their copy cat architecture - whole towns and villages have been built with certain themes in mind - for example Paris, Venice and London