The past decade is a period of the rapid development of architecture. It is also a decade of explosive economic and cultural blooms. Architecture infuses all aspects of our lives subtly, from reality to the virtual world. Sometimes it is a guest performer in famous movies, leaving a permanent image such as Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Hotel in Wolverine.

Architecture is the scenery of the cinema. It is more than a backdrop. The landscapes, buildings and cities form the frames where filmmakers insert lives and feelings that not only make the scene more amazing but also leave a strong impression on the audience. From Hitchcock pioneering use of space and form of representation to the intense atmosphere created by Kubrick’s use of interior space, then to the form of absurd futurism invented by Terry Gilliam, architecture and films are always embraced as integration.

The last ten years of Hollywood movies have witnessed many great construction projects. As one in the architecture industry, AIMIR couldn’t help focusing on the buildings when watching films. And today, let’s see a quick hit at some extraordinary architecture hidden in the movies and re-examine them from another perspective.

1. Baumschulenweg | from Aeon Flux (2005)

Designed by Axel Schultes and Charlotte Charlotte

Aeon Flux 2005

2. Hoke House | from Twilight

Designed by Skylab Architecture


3. Villa Överby | from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Designed by John Robert Nilsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

4. European Southern Observatory (ESO) | from Quantum of Solace

Designed by Auer+Weber+Architekten

James Bond ran on the roof of ESO Hotel.

5. Disney Opera House | from The Soloist

Designed by Frank Gehry

6. The Skyline Residence | from Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Designed by Belzberg Architects

Crazy Stupid Love 2011

7. Phaeno Science Center | from The International (2009)

Designed by Zaha Hadid

8. 30 St. Mary Axe “The Gherkin” | from Match Point (2005)

Designed by Foster + Partners

Match Point 2005

9. Burj Khalifa | from Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

10. EggO House | from Runaway (2010)

Designed by A69 Architects

(The blog is reprinted from the Wechat article in ArchiWorld.)

Do you like this amazing architecture? “Modern domestic architecture has become identified almost exclusively with characters who are evil, unstable, selfish, obsessive, and driven by the pleasure of the flesh.” As Joseph Rosa writes in the book. Architecture is significant to display the character of the movie. I hope you enjoy today’s blog. If you want to know more latest news of architecture, warmly welcome you to visit our website.

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