Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

When looking to nature for design inspiration, these architects needed to look no further than the ocean, creating fluid buildings that evoke cresting and undulating waves.

Advertisement

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, designed by Jørn Utzon in 1957, opened in 1973

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via ADTeasdale and Nick Wadge)

The Auditorio de Tenerife, a concert hall in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, designed by Santiago Calatrava, 2003

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement

(via Wikimedia Commons)

The Wave Resort in Broadbeach, Australia, designed by DBI Design, 2006

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement

(via Thienzieyung)

The Mantes-la-Jolie Water Sports Centre, Paris, France, designed by Agence Search

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement

(via Dezeen)

The Wave in Vejle, Denmark, designed by Henning Larsen Architects in 2009. It contains 115 luxury apartments on 150,000 sq ft (14,000 sqm).

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement

(via ArchDaily)

This wave-shaped residence in Osprey, Florida, designed by Sweet Sparkman Architects

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via Sweet Sparkman)

The new Porsche pavilion at Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, designed by Henn Architecten, 2012

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via ArchDaily)

The new Seoul City Hall, in Seoul, South Korea, opened in 2012

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via Wikimedia Commons and Jamie Carter)

The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, 2013

Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Serene Modern Buildings Designed To Mimic Ocean Waves

(via ArchDaily)

Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

Robot Downey Junior

To be a pedant, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by sails rather than waves. Utzon was a keen sailor and he was motivated by the harbour's maritime history.