5 Real Buildings That Look Totally Photoshopped
The Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa — architectural wonders that illustrate what humanity can achieve with a singular vision and a complete disregard for workers’ lives. But just because most of our greatest hits are a few millennia old doesn’t mean we’ve stopped dazzling the world with architectural pornography. Here are a few modern buildings so bizarre that you’d think they were dropped here by clumsy aliens.
5: Bangkok Has A Pixelated Skyscraper
Ole Scheeren is an architect, which is kind of a shame, since he would’ve made one hell of a grizzled prospector with a name like that. But maybe he went into the right field after all, since his creations are mind-blowing wonders. Like this sucker:
That two-moves-from-a-game-over Jenga tower is Thailand’s tallest skyscraper, the 1,120-foot-tall MahaNakhon. This multipurpose building in Bangkok’s pricey central business district not only hosts retail spaces, eateries, exercise facilities, and an entire Marriott hotel, but also 200 apartments.
Those “pixels” are cantilevered balconies and observation points, as well as light-spewing focal points custom-designed to mess with passing stoners.
4: Stockholm’s Psychedelic Metro Stations
American subways are basically dirty holes in the ground that we reluctantly visit when our cars break down. Not so in Sweden, where the subways aren’t just nice, they’re works of art:
That’s the Tekniska Hogskolan stop, one of Stockholm’s many psychedelic metro stations. Since the 1950s, more than 150 artists have volunteered their time to transform Stockholm’s sprawling, 70-mile tunnel system into what some have called “the world’s longest art gallery.” It ranges from the purely aesthetically pleasing …
… to the cutesy …
… to hell on Earth: