10 Dangerous Works of Architecture


Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you. Earlier this week, we spotted a cantilevered cliff-side home on Co.Design (featured below). For more extreme architectural thrills, we searched for other “dangerous” abodes that break the laws of physics and get our blood pumping.

This residence hangs off the side of a cliff, above crashing ocean waves. Need we say more? Well, ok. “The home is visualized as a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection with the ocean,” writes Australian architecture firm Modscape. The home is made of five modules that are anchored to the cliff using engineered steel pins. Residents enter the home through the rooftop car port at the top and use a staircase or elevator to enter the living space.

Balanced on a single cantilever, this floating farmhouse in the Ukraine stores mineral fertilizer when it isn’t busy freaking people out.

Claude Monet painted the Vieux-Moulin (the old mill, built during the 16th century), which straddles the pillars of a medieval bridge crossing the Seine.

The Hanging Temple in the Shanxi province of China is nestled against a cliff that hovers 246 feet above the ground.

Delight in the scenic Norwegian landscape thanks to this stunning, sloped lookout from architects Todd Saunders (Saunders Architecture) and Tommie Wilhelmsen (Arkitekt Tommie Wilhelmsen). A clear barrier that is the only thing stopping you from crashing into the cliffs.

Apartment complex Habitat 67 in Montreal is the Jenga of architecture.

The glass-bottomed pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao juts out over the city. Did we mention the hotel is in a 24-story high-rise building?

Tiny house fans: this one is balanced on a rock in the middle of the Drina River in Serbia. The structure has been around for 40 years, but has to be rebuilt whenever the river floods.

Good luck:

Feed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop. Welcome to the all-new Glacier Skywalk in the heart of the Canadian Rockies!

The Holmenkollen ski jump by JDS Architects in Oslo soars over 200 feet above ground. For other frightening statistics about the “world’s most modern ski jump,” visit the official website.