It was recently announced that architecture firm, Oiio Studio, wants to create a truly innovative building: The Big Bend. Essentially, the building is shaped in the form of a large, upside-down U. With an incredibly slender and unique design, the Big Bend could potentially be the world’s longest building. That’s right, longest, not tallest. While most buildings strictly rise high above the streets, the Big Bend does just that, it bends. If you were to stretch the Big Bend out, it would stretch 4,000 feet, longer than any other building on earth. However, the building’s size is halved because of its titular bend.


Regardless, the design of the building is groundbreaking, and I thought that I would list off a few other designs that were innovative or impressive in their own right.


The Ontario College of Art and Design

Bryan Tate -The Ontario College of Art and Design

As its name suggests, the Ontario College of Art and Design is located in Ontario, and is Canada’s largest and oldest university for art and design. Probably because of the school’s history in art, the building’s design is quite innovative, albeit a bit strange. The Sharp Centre for Design has been described as a tabletop design; the building consists of a large rectangular building propped up by multiple colored pillars designed to resemble pencils. While the actual front facing design of the building is a bit strange—it’s littered with black and white checker boxes—the rectangular office building does look as though it is being held up by incredibly fragile pencils. I’m sure that during the construction process the developer and architect were worried about the finished product, but the project ultimately came together to become a widely recognized building.


Aldar Headquarters Building

Bryan Tate - Aldar Headquarters Building

The Aldar Headquarters building is, without a doubt, one of the most fascinating building designs I’ve ever come across. While most architects focus on achieving a rectangular or box-like design, the Aldar building instead chooses to focus on a circular design, looking like a coin that is resting on its side rather than one of its faces. It is a truly impressive design, and was even voted as the “Best Futuristic Design” at the Building Exchange Conference. The building accomplishes its design through the use of a structural diagrid. Although it does not break any height records—topping off at only 360 feet—the Aldar building is a must-see and it proves that architectural innovation is still alive and thriving.


CCTV Building

Bryan Tate - CCTV Building

China’s skyline is famous the world over for its various conceptual designs, but no building in China is more famous for its unique look than the China Central Television headquarters building. It is difficult to explain the building itself, but in a nutshell, it is comprised of six large rectangular office buildings all interconnected in a loop, with a large, blank space in its center. The design comes together to create something of a three-dimensional appearance. The two, large, cantilever office buildings that hang above Beijing even offer a look down to the ground below, which is sure to give thrill seekers a rush. As far as conceptual designs are concerned, the CCTV building is by far one of the most clever designs for a building in recent years.
Building design and construction will continue for as long as human beings exist, and this list shows only a sliver of the creativity and ingenuity associated with architecture. With new buildings like the Big Bend constantly pushing the boundaries of what we as a society consider possible, I am eager to see where future architects take us.