The Amazing Architecture That Captivated Us in 2015
Between its vegetable-shaped forms, urban generators, clever reuses, tech palaces, tree-scaped towers, and shiny stadia, the architecture of 2015 has wowed, seduced, and, occasionally, astonished us.
Out obsession with “gee whiz” forms seems to be settling down. Not long ago, employing advanced computer technology to deform a building into shards or blobs was enough to capture our imaginations. Today, it requires something more, be it formal sophistication, environmental innovation, intricate detailing, sophisticated materials, diverse programs, flexible layouts, or a connection to the surrounding landscape. To pull this off, architects are collaborating more closely with engineers, landscape architects, scientists, artists, and planners, and they’re relying more on internal research studios to look beyond basic client needs.
Sure, we’re still suckers for a great façade. (And, of course, many new buildings are still overwrought and gimmicky.) But at their best, architects are solving difficult challenges, lifting our spirits, and creating humane, inspiring settings for living, learning, entertaining, and working.