City Spaces

Binoculars Building

The Binoculars Building, originally the Chiat/Day Building, is located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, incorporating the public artwork “Giant Binoculars” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen on its street-facing facade. Built between 1991 and 2001 for advertising agency Chiat/Day (now TBWA\Chiat\Day) as its West Coast corporate headquarters, it was designed by Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry, and was his last project in Los Angeles until the Walt Disney Concert Hall began construction in 1999.
The building is notable for the three different styles used in the main facade, particularly the massive “Giant Binoculars” sculpture covering both a car and pedestrian entrance. The entrance to the garage is between the lenses of the binoculars. The 75,000-square-foot building was delayed for a few years after hazardous materials were found on the site.
In January 2011, W. P. Carey & Co. announced Google was leasing 100,000 square feet of space in the building and two neighbouring ones, part of a major expansion to establish a larger employment presence in Los Angeles.

Dancing House, Prague

The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment) in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.
The non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous, and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles. The then Czech president, Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a centre of cultural activity.
Gehry originally named the house Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers).
The style is known as deconstructivist (“new-baroque” to the designers) architecture due to its unusual shape. The “dancing” shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension. On the top of the building is a large twisted structure of metal nicknamed Medusa.

Lake Point Tower, Chicago

Lake Point Tower is a high-rise residential building located on a promontory of Lake Michigan lakefront in downtown Chicago, just north of the Chicago River. The building is the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive.
Lake point tower literally stands alone, east of scenic Lake Shore Drive and surrounded by Lake Michigan on three sides.

Tower of Glass, Russia

This is another concept building, this time proposed to be built in the middle of the woods. Destined for Siberia, this building is designed to catapult the amount of solar electricity captured by solar panels from daytime reflections. Made largely of glass, the structure is truly impressive.

Singapore Pavilion, Singapore

The Singapore Pavilion is ingenious and inspiring. Shaped like a music box, this building is meant to represent citizens of Singapore from different cultures and backgrounds all living in harmony. This mind-blowing building has a unique design and also features a large rooftop garden.

COR, Miami

COR building is the first sustainable, mixed-use condominium complex in Miami, Florida which uses wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, and a solar-heated water system.

Perforated exoskeletal walls is innovative and futuristic and serve as windows for the occupants. The 480,000 square feet building includes 25,500 square feet of corporate and commercial space, plus 113 residential units. Everything is supported by cutting-edge sustainable technology like recycled tile floors, bamboo-lined halls, energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, and a grey-water processing system.