10 of the world's 'blobbiest' buildings
October 9, 2013 -- Updated 0943 GMT (1743 HKT)
The Metropol Parasol is one of the world's largest wooden structures. Located in Seville, Spain, it stands in stark contrast to the city's historical and urban environment. Its architect, J. Mayer H., received the Red Dot Design Award in 2012 for its sophisticated design.
Architect: J. Mayer H.
Metropol Parasol (Spain)
Kunsthaus Graz (Austria)
Experience Music Project (United States)
New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street (U.S.)
Selfridges Building (England)
The Sage Gateshead (England)
De Admirant Entrance Building (Netherlands)
Golden Terraces (Złote Tarasy) (Poland)
City Hall (England)
DZ Bank Building, Pariser Platz (Germany)
- "Blobitecture" comprises buildings with few or no right angles and fluid, flowing forms
- Experience Music Project in Seattle, locally known as "The Blob," is a prime example
- Blob building Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, designed by Frank O. Gehry, to open in Paris in 2014
(CNN) -- "Gigantic, alien-looking buildings" that bring to mind melted guitars, mushroom-like parasols and UFOs.
That's how some of the world's finest examples of "blob buildings" have been described, by the company that wants to celebrate them.
Building data company Emporis of Hamburg, Germany, usually gives kudos to more traditional architectural triumphs, such as these new skyscrapers completed last year.
But this time "we felt that it's time to highlight this interesting and visually appealing topic," says Sarah Krenz, in the Emporis public relations office.
What makes a building a blob?
"Unconventional, right-angle-free geometric shapes," according to the report. It's also known as "liquid architecture."
Emporis cites the Experience Music Project in Seattle, locally known as "The Blob," as a prime example.
Others include the Golden Terraces in Warsaw, "whose wavy roof, created from 4,700 separate glass elements, rests like a frozen liquid over the atrium of this multi-story shopping center."
As well as standing out from other buildings in their vicinity, blob buildings often conjure imaginative responses from the public, not always complimentary.
While the Selfridges Building, a shopping center in Birmingham, England, is known as the Beehive due to its honeycomb-like façade, the London City Hall was once described as a "glass testicle."
This list anticipates the opening next year of another "blob" -- the exhibition building Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in Paris, designed by Frank O. Gehry.
What do you think? Are blob buildings creative and inspiring or ugly and over the top? Comment below.
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