If you're looking to design a Cool Building, you could do worse than taking your cues from the current crop springing up all over the world and making it look like it is in the midst of collapsing in on itself. It worked for Coop Himmelb(l)au with the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France. (Really, it did—check out the inside of that place.) It's also working for other big name architects.
In Vancouver, architect Ole Scheeren has drawn up plans for a condo tower that has spurred comparisons to the game Jenga, in a which you build a tower that falls down.
Scheeren's isn't the only Jenga tower, of course. There's also Herzog & de Meuron's in New York...
...and a very similar one in China.
But you don't have to be a huge condo tower or a fancy museum to look like you're going to fall down. This very cool new house in Japan by APOLLO Architects & Associates accomplishes it just fine with only two floors. The lesson is clear: being a building that falls down is bad. But being a building that looks like it's going to fall down is the best.
· coop himmelb(l)au presents new images of musée des confluences in lyon [designboom]
· Wrap House / APOLLO Architects & Associates [Arch Daily]
· Jenga-Like High-Rise Helps Residents Connect With the World [Wired]