21st Century Buildings That Look Like Alien Spaceships

We may still be a long way from putting a human colony on Mars, but that doesn't mean we can't live like spacemen here on Earth. These 18 trippy buildings — all built since 2000 — look like they're from another world entirely.

The City Hall of Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, 2002. Architect: Erick Van Egeraat.

Photo: Christian Richters

The Selfridges store, Birmingham, UK, 2003. Architects: Future Systems.

Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, 2003. Architect: Frank Gehry.

Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2005. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Joe Nadin

The National Theatre, Beijing, China, 2007. Architect: Paul Andreu.

Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The Worrell, Weekes and Walcott stand at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, 2007.

Photo: Jenni Konrad/Tom Hodgkinson

The "Mobile Art" exhibition pavilion in Hong Kong, 2008. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Kin Cheung/AP

The Beijing National Stadium known as the "Bird's Nest", Beijing, China, 2008. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron.

Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP

The Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, 2009. Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AP

The Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China, 2010. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Lian Chang

The Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012. Architects: Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum.

Photo: Nigel Treblin/dapd

The new Festival Hall in Erl , Austria, 2012. Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Photo: Kerstin Joensson/dapd/AP

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid

Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP

Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Ningbo Ningbo

The EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2012. Architect: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Photo: Joe Nadin

Pierres Vives government department, Montpellier, France, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Maurice

The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Wikipedia

The Peoples Meeting Dome, Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark, 2012. Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen.

Photo: Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen


    Would have thought the Opera house would get a mention here..?

      21st Century - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_century

      The Sydney Opera House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Opera_House) was started in 1959 and finished in 1973 (the 20th Century - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_century).

      Simple mistake, though - I had thoughts along the same lines for other structures I thought would be included until I looked at the time frame / article title.

      Last edited 20/02/13 3:45 pm

      Not built in the 21st century I'm guessing? The Walt Dinsney concert hall reminds me a bit of it though.

    We need more of these. I like this far out, futuristic design shit.

    Azerbaijan has certainly stepped up architecturally

      makes me want to go there and see all these crazy buildings...

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