Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Aedas, 2013Standing 25 stories tall, these twin cylindrical structures ingeniously marry local customs with technical innovation. (The complex serves as the headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an arm of the government.) Embellishing the glass-and-steel buildings are second skins inspired by mashrabiya, the latticework window coverings often seen in Arabic architecture. Unlike the traditional carved-wood screens, however, these automatically react t…
The Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photo: Hufton + Crow Photographers
Plane House by K Studio
Now this is a wine cellar I could go for..
Designed by Castroferro Arquitectos, these extra-wide stone stairs with wood treads on top match the floating wood stairs above, all with enough room to store books on the sides.