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World's Coolest Futuristic Buildings: Tjuvholmen

Nic Lehoux

Tjuvholmen Icon Building, Oslo

Renzo Piano designed this arts and culture center which debuted in 2012 along a disused harbor southwest of Oslo’s city center. Bridges link three buildings—a museum, office space, and culture center—across canals formed from reclaimed land, and a sculpture park gently slopes toward the sea. The entire project is developed along a new promenade that starts at Aker Brygge and ends on the sea at a floating dock, providing unbroken visual contact with the water. It looks, from above, like a docked spaceship, with a curved roof that dips down to meet the parklands.

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