1. FPT University, Vietnam.
An incredible building that is as much plant as it is stone, this university almost looks like it’s been taken over by trees.
The balconies are designed to give light to plants which will eventually grow into the building.
2. Sydney University Business School.
Designed by the controversial architect Frank Gehry, this building is affectionately nicknamed the ‘Crumpled Paper Bag’. The building characteristically plays with form and expectation.
3. The United States Airforce Academy.
The building itself is reminiscent of the functional, streamlined airplanes the cadets learn to fly inside & the repeating pattern calls to mind entire fleets and the collective force of the US airforce.
4. The Library of the University of Mexico.
This incredible building is fascinating to anyone who sees it. Decorated in intricate, native designs, the building is an art piece that connects its inhabitants to their history.
5. Tokyo Mode Gakuen Building.
Nicknamed ‘The Giant Cacoon’ for obvious reasons, this building was the winner of a contest that asked for building designs that were not rectangular.
6. The New School, New York.
Balancing the requirements of modern architecture with the class of Manhattan, this building manages to be new yet sophisticated. Digital-inspired, but respectful of its context.
7. School of art, design and media, Singapore.
This environmentally-friendly building reduces its footprint in more ways than one, blending into its surround and encouraging people to make use of the green space it offers.
8. Art museum, University of Minnesota.
Another twisted wreckage by Frank Gehry, this museum is as disjointed and incoherent as the collection of artefacts housed inside.
9. The entire campus of the Colorado Boulder University.
Nestled into the mountain ranges of Colorado, this beautiful campus has a coherence that makes it feel like one big village.
10. Cambridge University’s Faculty of History.
A masterwork of modernism, the sleek, factory-like design of this building makes it one of the best examples of modern, minimalist architecture.
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Incredible Indoor Equestrian Complex
This is one of the most impressive indoors we’ve built, with a 6 stall stable, a barn and dressage arena combined into a single space.
The entrance of the building looks fantastic, where two large wood sliding doors have been set up to greet riders. The huge façade was made of a deep blue metal, which looks great against the trees and grass surrounding the complex. It’s the perfect kind of understated style; it looks great without breaking up the overall feel of the environment.
The interior features a large sized dressage arena and a collection of horse stalls.
We loved working on this project with The Horse Shed Shop, who project managed this build on behalf of gold medal grand prix dressage rider Lone Joergensen. It’s always a satisfying experience to see such a grand project come together so perfectly.
Finding a way to realise our clients’ dreams is exactly what Central Steel Build is about. This is the perfect example of what happens when we work with a client to produce something truly great.
Ten of the Most Amazing Airports in the World
Shenzen Bao’am China.
A long, tube-shaped airport that looks similar to a plane itself. The buildings white, hexagonal motif reappears all over the building, often as glass windows that let in an abundance of natural light.
2. Spaceport America.
An airport of a different kind, this building will be the first airport to send tourists into space. The low-rise building echoes its desert surroundings, a humble beginning for a cosmic journey.
3. Old Hong Kong Airport, China.
This incredible airport was centred right in the middle of a busy city, so planes had to navigate amongst the sky scrapers to land.
It made for some pretty amazing photographs.
4. Madeira Airport, Portugal.
This incredible landing strip rises out of the ocean on concrete posts. Built into the coastline, this airport is unlike any other.
5. London Britannia Airport.
A proposed airport to be built on an artificial island in the Thames. The airport would have cost 47 billion pounds to build, and will likely never come to exist.
6. Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten.
This airport is famous for the low altitude aeroplanes that pass right over the nearby beach. It has become quite the tourist attraction to stand on the beach as enormous commercial airliners scream overhead.
7. Queen Alia International, Jordan.
Built from bubble-like dome roofing & extensive concrete interiors, this stark airport is unforgivingly functional, but also strangely beautiful.
8. Hong Kong International Airport.
This airport is breath-taking when seen from above – it covers an entire island & looks almost like a small city.
9. Gisborne Airport, NZ.
An airport with train tracks running right across the runway. The aeroplanes time their landings to avoid hitting passing trains.
10. Lyon-St Exupery Airport, France.
A double for amazing buildings, the airport has a futuristic circular terminal, and the famous ‘swooping bird’ building. Undeniably unforgettable.