This magical, 17-story tower is set to rise in Montpellier, France, after Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won a competition to design it this week. The complex's name? L'Arbre Blanc, or "the White Tree."
These buildings come from an alternate universe, one where architecture isn't bound by the rules of gravity—or perhaps even taste. Some of these concept buildings are pretty neat, but we get vertigo just looking at others.
Why is this forest floating 1000 feet above Taiwan's skyline, apparently sitting on a blue glow of anti-gravity beams? It's the Taiwan Tower, a giant steel superstructure that may become the most surreal piece of engineering I've ever seen.
This library in Japan is made with bookshelves. Which doesn't sound all that cool, right? A library in ordinary town, middle America has freaking bookshelves. But these bookshelves are 30 feet tall, line the walls and tower over the library.