in contrast to realized projects, architectural visualizations have the power to dream up the impossible, pushing the boundaries of our imagination and conceiving buildings that are truly revolutionary. thanks to our readers portal here at designboom, we get to catch a glimpse into the minds of architects, artists and designers from all over the world, and see thousands of concepts that are both captivating and thought-provoking.
this year we have shared a huge variety of work, from mobile habitats that float and travel on sea, to dreamy renders of residences lodged deep into the rocky cliffs of canada. hoping to awaken your fantasy and creativity once more before we move into 2022, we highlight our TOP 10 reader submissions of 2021 – visualizations of the future.
image courtesy of david cirocchi and plinio vanni
italian architects david cirocchi and plinio vanni designed a new structure rooted in the water as housing for kite surfers in the lençois maranhenses in brazil. the project appears to the visitor like an oasis within white sheets of sand and sinuous blue shapes.
image courtesy of sony
with ‘2050,’ ‘tokyo,’ and ‘romance’ as keywords that define the overarching theme, sony designers and science fiction writers held workshops to explore life, habitats, senses, and well-being in 2050 — and their creative effort resulted in a series of design prototypes and short science fiction stories. each design prototype presents an idea for a service or product that is relevant to the messaging of each theme. and although many of the proposed ideas (which include an AI therapist, a floating house, a scent mask and a life simulator service) seem very realistic, on its official website, sony makes sure to mention that all information is fiction and has no connection to the brand’s current products and services.
image courtesy of anders berensson architects
in order to reduce the ‘green’ half of sweden’s carbon emissions—those that come from the country’s forest industries—anders berensson architects proposes the world’s largest timber structure: the bank of norrland. the purpose of this fictional bank is to store carbon dioxide; in the process, it will provide farmers with decent payment for their wood and ensuring continuity for the swedish building and manufacturing industries in a stormy and unpredictable world, and in times of reduced wood consumption.
image courtesy of KVANT-1
KVANT-1 created a new photo series as an ode to water, ecosystems, and life, strongly inspired by the picturesque city of bergen where the series was produced. tucked amongst the majestic mountains and fjords of western norway, with an impressive proximity to nature, the city of bergen is known to be ‘the wettest city in europe’ where the rain is an unavoidable part of life for its inhabitants.