Why do we still need architects to design facades, as opposed to engineers, or perhaps by public referendum?

Because otherwise facades would look like this one shown below (one of millions of almost identical buildings built behind the iron curtain by headless bureaucrats,  and this particular one is located in Warsaw, Poland). Growing in a landscape like this, people are bound to be depressed, which explains why Poles have such sad faces:

if engineers would design buildings

Thankfully, modern architects with their right-brain awkwardness  and mediocre salaries, still are allowed to make a difference, as illustrated by these pictures of façade design below:

01. Aqua Tower(Chicago, US)

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01. Device to Root Out Evil (Vancouver, Canada)

This is one of many upside-down buildings, which function mainly as a local tourist attraction. We show only two examples  here for consistency and comparison with similar concepts.

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02. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

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03. Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Brazil)

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04. ING Headquarters (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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05. Experience Music Project (Seattle, Washington, USA)

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06. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

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07. Druzhba Holiday Center (Yalta, Ukraine)

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08. Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)

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09. Forest Spiral Building (Darmstadt, Germany)

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10. The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)

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11. Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland) 

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12. The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)

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13. The Ufo House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)

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14. Stone House (FAFE, Portugal)

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15. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, USA)

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16. Stata Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

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17. The Hole House (Texas, USA)

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18. Ryugyong Hotel (Pyongyang, North Korea)

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19. Container City (London, UK)

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20. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)

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21. Solar Furnace (Odeillo, France)

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22. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

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23. Beijing National Stadium (Beijing, China)

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24. CCTV Tower – China Central Television Headquarters (Beijing, China)

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25. The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, USA)

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26. Ripley’s Building (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

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27. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

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28. Fuji television building (Tokyo, Japan)

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29. Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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30. Blur Building (Yverdon-les-Bainz, Switzerland)

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31. The Puerta de Europa towers (Madrid, Spain)

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32. Gas Natural headquarters (Barcelona, Spain)

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33. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)

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34. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

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35. Manchester Civil Justice Centre (Manchester, UK)

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36. Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, California, USA)

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37. Shoe House (Pennsylvania, USA)

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38. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

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39. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

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40. Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, USA)

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41. Fashion Show Mall (Las Vegas, USA)

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42. Edificio Mirador (Madrid, Spain)

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43. Luxor Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, USA)

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44. Grand Lisboa (Macau, China)

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45. Dome House (Florida, USA)

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46. Gherkin Building (London, UK)

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47. Tempe Municipal Building (Tempe, Arizona, USA)

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48. National Architects Union Headquarters (Romania)

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49. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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50. Nord LB building (Hannover, Germany)

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51. Turning Torso (Malmö, Sweden)

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52. Lloyd’s building (London, UK)

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53. Wozoco Apartments (Amsterdam, Holland)

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54. UCSD Geisel Library (San Diego, California, USA)

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55. Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, USA)

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56. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

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57. Great arche of defense (Paris, France)

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58. Ferdinand Cheval Palace (France)

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59. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)

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60. Errante Guest House (Chile)

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61. The Museum of Play (Rochester , USA)

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62. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (Dubai, UAE)

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63. Burj al Arab (Dubai, UAE)

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64. Raffles Dubai in Wafi city (Dubai, UAE)

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65. National centre for the performing arts (Beijing, China)

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66. Digital Beijing (Beijing, China)

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67. Water Cube (Beijing, China)

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68. Atlantis (Dubai, UAE)

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69. Nordpark Cable Railway (Innsbruck, Austria)

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70. The Valencia Opera House (Valencia, Spain)

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71. Water Tower (Zaragoza)

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72. Pabellon de Aragon (Zaragoza)

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73. Eden project (United Kingdom)

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74. Royal Ontario Museum Expansion (Toronto, Canada)

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75. John Curtin School of Medical Research (Australia)

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76. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Nice, France)

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77. Kunsthaus (Graz, Austria)

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78. State Department for Traffic (Tbilis, Georgia)

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79. Tenerife Concert Hall (Canary Islands, Spain)

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80. Berlin Zeiss Planetarium (Berlin, Germany)

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81. Montreal Biosphère (Canada)

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82. Esplanade Theatres, Singapore

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83. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)

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84. National Congress Building (Brazil)

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85. Hongkong City Landscape

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86. GT Tower East(Seoul, South Korea)

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The ‘Waldspirale’ (Forest Spiral) in Darmstadt, Germany by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

View of the 'Waldspirale' (Forest Spiral), the last architectural piece of art by late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sep.6, 2000. The building with its 105 appartments was inaugurated on Friday, Sep.8, 2000. Hundertwasser died in February this year. (AP Photo/Frank Rumpenhorst)

Robot Building in Bangkok, Thailand,  by Sumet Jumsai

Robot Building  by Sumet Jumsai

ТК “Штрих Код” – (barcode) - St. Petersburg, Russia

ТК "Штрих Код" St. Petersburg, Russia

Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka, Japan

 

Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka, Japan

Elephant Building – Bangkok, Thailand

The elephant is an extremely important animal in Thailand, as it represents royal power. Since it’s used ubiquitously in Thai art, it only makes sense that there would be a building fashioned in the likeness of an elephant. This particular elephant is 335 feet high.

The elephant is an extremely important animal in Thailand, as it represents royal power. Since it’s used ubiquitously in Thai art, it only makes sense that there would be a building fashioned in the likeness of an elephant. This particular elephant is 335 feet high.

Urban Cactus High Rise – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Urban Cactus High Rise – Amsterdam, Netherlands  It’s fascinating how architects can flex their creativity when designing these extraordinary buildings, yet at the same time, fail to devise an equally ingenious name. While this building does vaguely resemble a cactus, it’s actually located in Amsterdam.

VM Apartments – Copenhagen, Denmark

These apartments are designed in V and M shapes (hence their clever name) and the extra pointy bits allow for each resident to have daylight, privacy, and a view.

VM Apartments – Copenhagen, Denmark

MVRDV Stackable High Rise – Rødovre, Copenhagen

MVRDV Stackable High Rise – Rødovre, Copenhagen

Suite Vollard – Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

360-degree rotating apartment complex in Brazil.

Suite Vollard – Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil 360-degree rotating apartment complex in Brazil.

Burj Al Fateh Hotel, in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan

Burj Al Fateh Hotel five-star hotel located in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan

Piano Building  in Anhui province of China

Piano Building  in Anhui province of China

Cybertecture Egg Building in Mumbai, India.

Cybertecture Egg Building in Mumbai, India.

Solar Ark Building in Japan

Solar Ark Building in Japan

Calakmul Building aka La Lavadora aka The washing-Machine, Mexico

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Hotel Queen Elizabeth  in Montreal, Quebec

Hotel Queen Elizabeth  in Montreal, Quebec

Expo Zaragoza 2008, Pabellón de Aragón, Spain

Expo Zaragoza 2008, Pabellón de Aragón, Spain

 Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico) in Medellin, Colombia :: Plan B Arquitectos and JPRCR Arquitectos

Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico) in Medellin, Colombia :: Plan B Arquitectos and JPRCR Arquitectos

De Young Museum :: Herzog & de Meuron. Basel, San Francisco

De Young Museum :: Herzog & de Meuron. Basel, San Francisco

Empire Island Tower, Abu Dhabi : Aedas

Empire Island Tower, Abu Dhabi : Aedas

Bahrain World Trade Center – Manama, Bahrain : Atkins 2008

Bahrain World Trade Center - Manama, Bahrain : Atkins 2008

Botta-Wellness Center ‘Tschuggen Bergoase’. Arosa, Switzerland. 2006

Botta-Wellness Center 'Tschuggen Bergoase'. Arosa, Switzerland. 2006

Bitexco Financial Tower in Vietnam : Carlos Zapata Studio, 2010

Bitexco Financial Tower in Vietnam : Carlos Zapata Studio, 2010

Office Complex An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany

Office Complex An der Alster 1, Hamburg, Germany

La-Salle College of the Arts, Rochor, Singapore

La-Salle College of the Arts, Rochor, Singapore

Kilden theatre and concert hall – Kristiansand, Norway

Kilden theatre and concert hall - Kristiansand, Norway

Tokyo Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo, Japan by Tange Associates

Tokyo Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo, Japan by Tange Associates

Insituto Tomie Ohtake, Saolo Paulo, Brazil

Insituto Tomie Ohtake, Saolo Paulo, Brazil

Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England via David Fergus Photography

Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England via David Fergus Photography

Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel (ADNEC) – Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel (ADNEC) - Hyatt Abu Dhabi

IAC Building, New York City, by Frank Gehry

 Wat Samphran Temple in Bangkok

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Wat Samphran Temple in Bangkok

Hotel la Montana Magica in Chile

 

Hotel la Montana Magica in Chile

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Ann Demeulemeester Shop in Seoul’s Gangnam District, South Korea 

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The Nautilus House in Mexico City, Mexico

 

The Nautilus House in Mexico City, Mexico

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Treehouse Restaurant in Okinawa, Japan

 

Treehouse Restaurant in Okinawa, Japan

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Stone House in Portugal

Stone House in Portugal2

Stone House in Portugal

727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica

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727 Fuselage Home in Costa Rica

 

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