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The 36 Most Talked-About Starchitect Projects of 2014

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Rendering Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel / Beijing Institute Architecture Design (BIAD)

As they are wont to do, the planet's most famous globe-trotting architects were as prolific as they were bold in 2014. Nearly every few weeks an outrageous proposal was unveiled, or a ribbon was cut at some long-delayed project that had been bitterly fought over. Condos like champagne flutes? Thanks, Zaha Hadid. A "zootopia" where children gallivant with wild beasts? Nice work, Bjarke Ingels. A Star Wars museum that got sued as soon as renderings were released? MAD Architects must've been overcompensating after the Chinese president declared he was sick of all the country's "weird architecture." Thankfully, that didn't stop Jean Nouvel, who is building a perforated National Art Museum in Beijing that resembles a futuristic greenhouse (above). Below, 36 proposals and projects so ambitious only certified starchitects could pull them off.

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