Mind-controlled quadcopters are one thing - but mind-controlled buildings?
BoingBoing points us to an installation created last year by Guvenc Ozel at Ozel Office, in which an entire structure can be automatically adjusted for shape and colour based on a visitor's brainwaves.
Known as the 'cerebral hut', the installation is an experiment into futuristic architecture which can more accurately reflect its inhabitants over time. It uses a device to measure brain frequencies, and translates those into movements and colour changes which affect how the building appears.
"Cerebral Hut is an interactive installation that explores the relationship between architecture, movement and human thought. We traditionally assume that the built environment, whether in the architectural or the urban scale influences our psyche.
What if we can reverse that relationship? What if a kinetic architecture could establish a direct connection between the thoughts of its user and itself in order to reconfigure its physical boundaries accordingly?"
For more amazing architecture, check out the slideshow below.
This sweet little stone house tucked away in the Portugal mountains is rumored to be inspired by the Flinstones! If only watching cartoons turned out so well for the rest of us...
This postmodern beauty located just north of Madrid, Spain was made to symbolize an apple, an urban area bound by streets on all sides. This is a vertical apple.
The Netherlands Cube houses are innovative cubic living structures tilted at a 45 degree angle. His designs are meant to represent a forest, with each cube serving as a tree.
The Inside-Out Building
With its staircases, power conduits and water pipes on the outside, this is probably the most avant-garde insurance institution you will ever see. Built in 1978, this building was the first in the UK to build glass elevators.
Burj Al Arab
This Dubai luxury hotel, the 2nd tallest hotel in the world, is designed to mimic the sail of a ship and exists on an artificial island. It is misleadingly often referred to as a 7-star hotel, though technically the scale ends at 5-star. The building, often criticized for a less-than-tasteful interior, has been dubbed a "triumph of money over practicality."
National Centre for the Performing Arts
This Beijing Opera House is colloquially called 'The Bird's Egg,' and measuring in at 12,000 square meters in size, we would not want to see that bird. The whole dome is surrounded by an artificial lake. It cost about $504 million to construct.
The UK's Eden Project is as ecofriendly as it is beautiful. Home to the biggest greenhouse in the world, the Project also contains two giant biodomes which house thousands of diverse plant species from around the world.
This contemporary art center was built in Austria in 2003. The exterior façade is called BIX, a combination of "Big" and "pixels." Its acrylic glass skin becomes a vehicle for communication, an oversized urban screen, home to many art exhibits.
Klein Bottle House
This Australia shell-shaped house was created by topographical mathematicians. In mathematics a 'klein bottle' is a surface on which left and right cannot be consistently defined; it is a surface without boundary. The house, like a work of origami, folds into itself to become one continuous volume.
KawaKawa Public Toilets
This funky fresh New Zealand building really is a public toilet. With an interior just as celebratory, who needs a newspaper?!
The Hole House
Somewhere in Texas, <a href="http://ortnerdesign.com/newsletter/?p=2019" target="_hplink">"A condemned house in Houston, Texas was sucked into a small wormhole; its wooden facade slowly slurped though another dimension and spit out into an alley behind the backyard."</a> Cool.