Innsbruck, Austria is famous for its historic downtown that features Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. Amidst the classic architecture is a serge of modern buildings as well. Internationally celebrated architect, Zaha Hadid, designed their Hungerburgbahn futuristic railway station. The mixture of classic and modern architecture can be controversial, as some believe the integrity of a historic city can be jeopardized by modern development. Yet, others believe in co-mingling the different architectural styles to showcase the technological advancements of the 21st century.
The world's largest and highly celebrated Louis Vuitton Flagship Store has opened In Tokyo, a city with a "constantly fluctuating, eclectic mix of urban topography,” as it is often described in specialist literature. The store's architecture responds to Tokyo's urban architectural versatility with optical adaptability, while embodying the traditional products of the House of Louis Vuitton. With his façade construction, architect and rising star, Jun Aoki, has created a building, which fluctuates as dynamically as the surrounding cityscape. At the same time, it stands as a synonym for the Louis Vuitton brand in all its variety – as the definitive ambassador of the brand name.
As a thriving cultural metropolis in South Australia, Adelaide attracts tourists with its Mediterranean climate, festivals and state-of-the-art infrastructure. One example of the continuous development of the city's transport links is the airport, located only a few miles from the city center. With around seven million passengers annually, it is one of the five largest airports in Australia. To meet growing passenger demand, a multi-story car park with direct connection to the main terminal building was completed in 2012. Since then, passengers have been able to cross a car-free forecourt to reach the terminal for a safe start or continuation of their journey. The highlight of the architects' extraordinary design concept is a sweeping stainless steel construction clad with Tigris metallic mesh.
The Tripoli Congress Center by Tabanlioglu Architects is located between the area’s Zoo and vast wilderness. In an attempt to utilize the land, while also preserving the surrounding trees, the architects built the center in a portion of woods where no trees existed at the time. Completely engulfed in wilderness, the two-story building’s exterior mimics it’s surroundings, utilizing a mixture of semi-transparent GKD Kiwi mesh with glass walls enveloping the interior. The pattern, created from the combination of the metal mesh material and the glass openings, was inspired by tree branches and allows the building to become a harmonious addition to its wooden surroundings.