Inspired Architecture: Building Light

Categories Inspired Architecture

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

image: Wise Architecture

Brandlhuber: Brunnenstrasse 9 House

images: Michael Reisch, Clemens Vogel

Caramel Architekten: Haus in Rodaun

image: Hertha Hurnaus

Chae Pereira Architects: Silver Shack

images: Park Wansoon

HL Architecture: Pavilion for an Artist

image: Thomas Lenden

Steven Holl Architects: Nanjing Sifang Art Museum

image: Iwan Baan,

Arquitecturia: Museum of Energy

image: Pedro Pegenaute


Herzog & de Meuron: Laban Dance Centre

images: Wikimedia, Larry Speck

Arkitema: Alpha and Beta

image: Arkitema

Studio MK27: Decameron

image: Pedro Vannucchi


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.

OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently – Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.