Down with squares and rectangles! Long live parallelograms!
Of course there are plenty of examples out there of plain shapes capturing the public imagination. The Empire State building was probably one of the first, but, I think, the most beautiful of the New York lot has to be the Chrysler Building.
Especially true when compared to some of its contemporary structures…
But even this structure still follows the age old square base and brick (as in shape) walls. Modern skyscrapers have started to deviate from the brick, and it’s about time too.
Enter, Santiago Calatrava’s “Turning Torso” built in Sweden
But even this is tame by comparison to some of the things yet to come. As designed by NL Artchitects, the new design proposal for the Groninger Forum is nothing short of amazing.
More detail on the company web site.
But the real cream of the crop when it comes to asymmetric (and truly a balancing act form) architecture has to be the Beijing CCTV building designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren.
But unlike the Groninger Forum which is still just beyond the design stage, this building is already under construction.
Shannon mentioned the asymmetric Boston suspension bridge in the comments.
Which reminds me of this one in Spain also designed by Santiago Calatrava.