Architecture is moving quickly past the four-walls-and-a-roof paradigm made popular for fast construction and efficiency, returning to its center a field lush with potential and rich with innovation. Take, for example, this rendering of a home in Normandy, France, by French architect Cyril Lacenlin. Built from baubles and parametric orbs, the visually-dense structure belies the space’s airiness. Visually, the balls add a rich texture and depth to the building’s grid-based blueprint. There’s something utopian to the house: A hint at futures to come. To see more from the forefront of architectural innovation, browse our books The Tale of Tomorrow and Inside Utopia.
The retro-futuristic epoch is one of the most visually spectacular in architecture’s history. The utopian buildings of the 1960s and 1970s never go out of style. This book compiles radical ideas, rediscovered photos, and visionary structures.