This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Not so long ago ornament in architecture was a crime – just like tattooed people were potential murderers. Is ornament making a comeback? From the psychedelic Arab World Institute of Jean Nouvel to the fashion flagship stores of Tokyo, architecture is no longer afraid to be talkative and graphic. Ornament in architecture has its roots deep in history, but alongside the unforeseen development of graphic culture these days, it is only logical that ornament – this time around wittily disguised as a pictogram and making the best possible use of modern technology – should make its victorious way back into architecture .

Jean Nouvel: Arab World Institute

Jean Nouvel: Arab World Instituteimage: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Isay Weinfeld: Midrash Building

Isay Weinfeld: Midrash Buildingimage: Leonardo Finotti

Kengo Kuma: The Opposite House

Kengo Kuma: The Opposite Houseimage: Picasa user Dennis Lee

Foreign Office Architects: John lewis Department Store and Cineplex

Foreign Office Architects: John Lewis Department Store & Cinepleximage: flickr user james_khamsi

KAVAKAVA OÜ: Kindergarten Lotte

KAVAKAVA OÜ: Kindergarten Lotteimage: Kaido Haagen

OMA: McCormick Tribune Campus Center

OMA: McCormick Tribune Campus Centerimage: Byrdhouse Travel

Jun Aoki: Louis Vuitton Ginza Namiki

Jun Aoki: Louis Vuitton Ginza Namikiimages: Ano Daichi

FAT: Heerlijkheid Park Community Center

FAT: Heerlijkheid Park Community Centerimage: FAT Architecture

Jun Aoki: Louis Vuitton Roppongi Hills

Jun Aoki: Louis Vuitton Roppongi Hillsimages: Picasa user japanezgirl514; Ano Daichi

Toyo Ito: Mikimoto Ginza 2

Toyo Ito: Mikimoto Ginza 2image: WAM Journal

FAT: Sint Lucas Art Academy

FAT: Sint Lucas Art Academyimage: FAT