Retro-futurism in structures is undoubtedly a thing, though it feels impossible to believe that they exist. The structures are way beyond our imagination and give that feeling of maybe they live in parallel universes. The buildings are created in the same way the creators envisioned them; combining designs from the era, they were constructed but incorporating futuristic elements. The final product feels like something that has come out of a science fiction movie. Most often than not, people stand awestruck on seeing these structures without realising that the world is changing rapidly.
The Fiction Novel Inspired Walden 7
Ricardo Bofill envisioned a housing structure inspired by the science fiction novel Walden Two and made it a reality in the year 1975. Located in Barcelona, Spain, The Walden 7 included 446 residences which were built in 18 towers. This resulted in the formation of a labyrinth which was organised around courtyards. The builder wanted to provide an urban residence that included space for gardens, swimming pools and an area dedicated for gatherings. Currently, the buildings still function as apartment complexes; however, some of the units are combined to make a larger space.
The Palace Of Bubbles- Palais Bulles
In the year 1989, the strange looking Palais Bulles was constructed on a cliff facing the Mediterranean Sea. The bulbous looking construction is usually a set for shoots and a venue for film festival get-togethers. This fantastic architecture is built in such a way that there is a lot of space and scope for moving around.
The House of the Future- Monsanto
Named as the agrochemical giant, not many people know Monsanto to have created a house of the future in the year 1957, that too at Disneyland. To get a glimpse of the future, specifically of 1987, Monsanto collaborated with Disney Imagineers to create the house which was situated at the entrance of Tomorrowland. The house was made of synthetic material and fibreglass and was placed on a pedestal to allow rotation. Brought down in the year 1967, This house of the future, stood its ground for two weeks making it difficult to demolish, and finally gave in.
The Unusual Habitat 67
With 146 residences and numerous networks of walkways and interlocking formations, the Habitat 67 was initially built only to accommodate the World’s Fair in 1967. This was conceived by Moshe Safdie, the architect, with a vision of maximising the space and natural environment in an urban environment thereby improving the quality of life. The architect wanted to build a large complex; however, he wasn’t able to move forward with his aims due to budget constraints.
The First Capsule Tower – The Nakagin Capsule
The first of its kind, this tower is a fantastic example of how the Japanese worked. Built post-war, this extraordinary capsule was the first to be developed for permanent use. The capsule is still in use even though a part of it has been abandoned due to deterioration.
Jenga Resembling Tbilisi Roads Ministry Building
The completion of this Jenga-like tower was in the year 1975, designed specifically for the Ministry of Highway Construction in Georgia. Redesigned as the Bank of Georgia, this structure has been renovated and modernised by building a glass cube entrance. The stacking structure allows for parking provision and garden space below.