3 Inspiring building designs around the World

The fundamentals of building design lead us to create amazing furniture, incredible space saving innovations and minimalist styles which can be used to define a futuristic building. Oak Furniture UK highlight what they call an “Inspiring Interior” every week over at their blog and here is a few of their highlights over the past couple of weeks that take us around the world to sample some of the most innovative building designs of modern times.

The Cube Houses of Rotterdam



Designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom (1934-1999), these iconic cubes were revealed unto the world in 1978, but construction wasn’t completed until 1984. Constructed using a wooden skeletal core, the houses are part of one single structure, which was covered with cement and fibreboard and insulated using stone wool.

The inside of each one has three levels, three bedrooms split across the middle and top floors and a Triangular lower level, which has the Kitchen and Living Room.

Costs of the whole project equalled around 20 Million Euros and costs to buy in 2001 were around 225,000 Euros. They represent a strong design idea and one of them, “the show home” is even open to the public for a 2.50 Euro entry fee.

The Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch


This fabulous building started life as a temporary building, replacing the old stone cathedral that lasted for 130 years and finally succumbed to the devastating earthquake of 2011.

The building itself is made from a variety of materials including 60 centimetre diameter cardboard tubes as well as wood, steel and polycarbonate. The building cost around £2 million and took around 18 months to build.

The inside is minimalistic, but the light radiates the incredible “stain glass” front, which turns the inside into a symphony of colour and light.

The Cocoon – Switzerland


The Cocoon was designed by Camenzind Evolution as an office for part of his Swiss Life project. Built from reinforced steel concrete, the building has six pillars which face outwards at three different inclining angles to support the ceiling slabs. It has been built to withstand earthquakes, and the large glass walls and windows help to reduce energy costs and sound proof the building. It also uses an air-source heat pump system for a reduced carbon footprint.

Inside, the interior uses whites and blacks to provide a minimalist feel and ensure that the visual focus point remains on the spiral staircase. The building is split into eight elliptic segments, creating 25 different levels. Rather than individual cubicles, the office is open plan to allow workers the opportunity to work together should they wish to.

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