Egg-spired artistry has been around since prehistoric times, and today’s architecture shows no shortage of the ovular objects inspiring architectural design. As we gear up towards Easter weekend, the team at Sto Corp has eggs-hausted a list of some of our favourite pins that were just too hard to egg-nore.
1. For the Exbury Egg, according ArchDaily, artist Stephen Turner worked with designers “to create the Egg which he will now use as a ‘residency’, floating in the Beaulieu Estuary for a year, to examine the changing patterns of its marine ecology, while making artworks inspired, influenced and informed by his surroundings. This ambitious project tests the role of artists and architects in sensitive places and contributes to raising awareness of the importance of protecting places like the Estuary.”
2. Via Inhabitat, “Josef Stöger’s winding timber walkway isn’t just in the shape of an egg—it’s also the longest treetop walk in the world! Located in Germany’s Bavarian Forest National Park, this treetop walk wraps around three enormous fir trees. At the top, diligent visitors are treated to stunning views of the Bavarian mountains.”
3. James Law Cybertecture’s designed this concept, Cybertecture Egg. Via DesignLike, “Cybertecture Egg is an impressive building that brings together iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent control systems, and evolutionary engineering. Featuring an ecosystem of environmental technologies, the building will make the project one of the most sustainably advance designs in the world.”
4. While its name references a variety of cucumber, the egg-shaped Gherkin adorning London’s skyline is a can’t-miss building we just had to poach. Designed by Foster + Partners, the building is “a lovable, chubby creature, [that] has stood the test of time, holding its own in an increasingly choked cluster. Wrapped with a diagrid structure that makes it look like it’s bulging out of a pair of fishnet stockings, its rounded form was justified for reasons of aerodynamics (might it lift off?) and internal ventilation,” according to The Guardian.
5. The National Centre for the Performing Arts is located in Beijing and designed by French architect Paul Andreu. According to AchiTravel, “the Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m2 in size. Construction started in December 2001, and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.” When the buildings’ reflection is viewed from across the artificial lake, it creates the illusion of the perfect egg shape.
Whether or not you’re into this yolk, check out Sto Corp’s own Pinterest page for some far less terri-frying architectural inspiration.