Architectural Digest Features Postmodern Buildings

When we start traveling again, I want to see some of these new types of structures. I can’t believe they exist. They are wild, whimsical, and way out there. Please note, two of these buildings are in Miami, so I don’t have to go too far.

Piramides by Soeters van Eldonk Architecten, 2006

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

two buildings in the shape of pyramids
Photo by Syntrus Archmea. Image courtesy of Phaidon. 


The Ordnance Pavilion by Studio Mutt, 2018

The Lake District, Cumbria, England

a slanted house with a giant pink sculpture and an eyeball
Photo by Steven Barber. Image courtesy of Studio MUTT.


Industry City Mural by Camille Walala, 2018

Brooklyn, New York

a tall skinny building with colorful tiles
© industry City. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Médiathèque by Mario Botta, 1988

Villeurbanne, France

two buildings with cutouts
© Pino Musi. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


M2 Building by Kengo Kuma, 1991

Tokyo, Japan

a building with a large roman column in it
© wakiiii. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Robot Building by Sumet Jumsai, 1986

Bangkok, Thailand

a building that looks like a robot
Photo by Dirk Verwoerd. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Hotel Zaandam by WAM Architecten, 2010

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

a building with green roofs
© WAM architecten. Photo by Peter E. Barnes. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Chiat/Day Building by Frank Gehry and Claes Oldenburg, 1991

Los Angeles, California

a building that looks like a pair of binoculars
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Ting 1 by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, 2013

Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

a building with colorful cutouts
Photo by Tord-Rikard Söderström. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Kindergarten Wolfartsweier by Tomi Ungerer and Ayla Suzan Yöndel, 2002

Karlsruhe, Germany

a building that is shaped like a cat
Photo by Dirk Altenkirch. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Museum Garage by Jurgen Mayer H, Workac, Clavel Arquitectos, Nicolas Buffe, and K/R, 2018

Miami, Florida

a colorful parking garage that is multipurposed
Photo by Fernando Alda. Image courtesy of Paredes Pedrosa arquitectos.


A House for Essex by FAT and Grayson Perry, 2015

Manningtree, Essex, England

a funky church that has a bunch of colors and shapes
Photo by Jack Hobhouse. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Church of Our Lady of Fatima by Mario Campi and Franco Pessina, 1989

Giova, Switzerland

a building far away that is made up of shapes
Photo by Simone Mengani. Image courtesy of Phaidon.


Best Products Showroom by SITE, James Wines, 1979

Miami, Florida

a building that looks like a chunk has been taken out
Photo by James Wines. Image courtesy of Phaidon. 


China Wharf by CZWG Architects, 1988

Bermondsey, London, England

a large red U turn stripe on a glass building
Photo by Jo Reid and John Peck. Image courtesy of CZWG Architects LLP.


5 thoughts on “Architectural Digest Features Postmodern Buildings

  1. Let us know if you find the BEST deconstructed building in Miami. The ’80s vintage car in that picture was a hint that it’s an OLD image, and when I looked it up, I found this wonderful description of many other BEST stores with similar creative architecture. But alas, one line in this story explains that after the company folded in the ’90s, many of the buildings in various cities eventually came to an end too.

  2. saw the building in Brooklyn…amazing looking…. plus some other yuppified apartment buildings… was glad in a way Waze sent us on a long way back

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Thanks for putting this together. To me, some of the most amazing buildings were the ones completed before the 21st century. Gary is right about those Best buildings. A lot of them are gone now.

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