This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings & sister site! Below you will see thematic selections of inspirational architecture & design, which might help you start your very own design project and get matched with design professionals.

Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough plastic used for a variety of applications, from bulletproof windows to CDs. The main advantage of polycarbonate over other types of plastic is unbeatable strength combined with light weight. In contemporary architecture, polycarbonate is mainly appreciated for its tender translucency, lightness, manageability and relatively low cost, which has also granted it an honourable place in the pantheon of sustainable building materials. In addition, the use of polycarbonate panels in residential and public architecture has been exploited very little so far, so there is still an exciting sense of novelty attached to the material.

Wise Architecture: Y House

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Wise Architecture

Brandlhuber: Brunnenstrasse 9 House

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimages: Michael Reisch, Clemens Vogel

Caramel Architekten: Haus in Rodaun

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Hertha Hurnaus

Chae Pereira Architects: Silver Shack

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimages: Park Wansoon

HL Architecture: Pavilion for an Artist

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Thomas Lenden

Steven Holl Architects: Nanjing Sifang Art Museum

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Iwan Baan,

Arquitecturia: Museum of Energy

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Pedro Pegenaute


Herzog & de Meuron: Laban Dance Centre

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimages: Wikimedia, Larry Speck

Arkitema: Alpha and Beta

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Arkitema

Studio MK27: Decameron

Inspired Architecture: Building Lightimage: Pedro Vannucchi