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16 Dizzying Pictures of Architectural Patterns

Themed Collections

04 October 2017

Posted by Maya Witters

Classical architectural styles often resorted to highly ornate decorative elements on building fronts to make their structure look interesting. From the 1940s, a number of modernist styles emerged as a counter-reaction to what they perceived as overly frilly displays of opulence. These new building styles went back to raw materials like brick, steel and concrete, and ditched the frills. Many modern styles rely on geometrical lines and repeat patterns to draw the viewer’s gaze. Add to this the play of light and shadow, and you have the perfect material for a fascinating photograph. We’ve selected some of our library's best for your viewing pleasure.

This high-rise apartment building in Bangkok, Thailand, with its hundreds of balconies, forms a hypnotising abstract pattern.

This high-rise apartment building in Bangkok, Thailand, with its hundreds of balconies, forms a hypnotising abstract pattern. Read less

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Thanapol Tontinikorn

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Plans for the Esplanade theatre building in Singapore drew criticism from the public, with some commenting that it looked like an aardvark. One can see why!

Plans for the Esplanade theatre building in Singapore drew criticism from the public, with some commenting that it looked like an aardvark. One can see why! Read less

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Ravikumar Jambunathan

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Anyone with vertigo should avoid looking down this square spiral staircase.

Anyone with vertigo should avoid looking down this square spiral staircase. Read less

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Graham McAndrew

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One might mistake this photo of the outside of Selfridges in Birmingham for one of some mysterious underwater creature.

One might mistake this photo of the outside of Selfridges in Birmingham for one of some mysterious underwater creature. Read less

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Simple concrete ridges on this unidentified structure make for a fascinating fan pattern.

Simple concrete ridges on this unidentified structure make for a fascinating fan pattern. Read less

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Tom Gowanlock

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The segmented front of one of the Millenia Towers in Singapore against the sky.

The segmented front of one of the Millenia Towers in Singapore against the sky. Read less

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Ravikumar Jambunathan

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The sunlight plays with a metal staircase embedded in the side of this storage tank in Toronto.

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Protruding portions of this building’s front form an irregular pattern.

Protruding portions of this building’s front form an irregular pattern. Read less

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Tom Gowanlock

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An office building in Groningen, The Netherlands, makes a wavy pattern from this point of view.

An office building in Groningen, The Netherlands, makes a wavy pattern from this point of view. Read less

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Colourful planes and balconies almost make Park Hill in Sheffield look like an abstract painting.

Colourful planes and balconies almost make Park Hill in Sheffield look like an abstract painting. Read less

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A staircase and bridges between two patterned walls provide a hypnotising play of lines.

A staircase and bridges between two patterned walls provide a hypnotising play of lines. Read less

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Ravikumar Jambunathan

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Geometrically patterned bricks on the front of a concrete building in Bristol, UK.

Geometrically patterned bricks on the front of a concrete building in Bristol, UK. Read less

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Alison Zak-Collins

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Two bridges in Singapore form contrasting patterns over the calm water.

Two bridges in Singapore form contrasting patterns over the calm water. Read less

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Ravikumar Jambunathan

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The staggered brickwork on this unidentified building front forms a dizzying pattern.

The staggered brickwork on this unidentified building front forms a dizzying pattern. Read less

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Javier López Peña

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Large round protruding windows make this student building in Amsterdam look like a spaceship.

Large round protruding windows make this student building in Amsterdam look like a spaceship. Read less

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Martijn Kort

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Windows protrude from the front of this building at an angle, forming an angular wave pattern.

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Javier López Peña

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