The form in this picture is familiar—it's a double helix, the basis for life, and we've seen it over and over. But in 1952, James Watson and Francis Crick laid eyes on these strands for the very first time.
It's easy to understand why the town of Järfälla, Sweden, chose Tham & Videgård's Double-Helix Tower as the winning design in a competition held to select an observation deck from which to watch the progress of on the Barkarbystaden urban development project, just west of Stockholm.
It's an average morning in your quiet suburban subdivision. You kiss your Xanax-addicted wife and 2.5 kids goodbye, then hop in your stock Prius for your daily mind-numbing commute to your soul-crushing cubicle job. As you contemplate how life could get any more dull—BOOM! Death Grips in the rearview! You're welcome.
The DNA inspired double helical design would look especially great in any mad scientist's lair, or geneticist's dining room. Tough to believe this popped out of a 3D printer.
It seems like something out of a movie (and hey, it is), but there's some scientific evidence that we actually carry the memories of our ancestors with us in our genetic code. Apologies in advance to my hypothetical descendants.