It’s articles like this one that make us want to become architects and change the world forever with our creativity, skills, and designs. The world is full to the brim with impressive architectural projects that go beyond pleasing just our eyes: when we see them, we genuinely feel like they energize our imagination and reinvigorate our spirit.
One popular subreddit, with over 1.3 million members, celebrates “beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in.” The photos of these architectural marvels are staggeringly gorgeous. This is the best that mankind has to offer. And it feels like it. Scroll down for the very best of architectural design, upvote the pics that resonated with you the most, and tell us what you loved the most and why, dear Pandas.
Here that Bored Pandawe are huge fans of architecture, design, and all things beautiful. When you’ve enjoyed this list to the fullest, be sure to take a peek at our earlier features about the subreddit right over here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
Although we can’t mention the full name of the architecturally-inclined subreddit (internet censorship is the worst, believe us!), we can’t stress enough just how awesome the community really is.
It is chock-full of beauty, mind-bending ideas, and enough inspiration to get any and all artists out of any creative blocks that they might have. Seriously. If you’re having a bad day or feel that your imagination has run dry, just soak in all of the photos in this list. They’ll help. Oh, and if any of you Pandas are on the fence about studying architecture, this is the sign from the Universe that you were waiting for: do it!
The subreddit is absolutely massive and has a large following. It’s hard not to see the appeal of the community: everyone’s sharing beautiful photos of impressive buildings and places. It really sparks your innermost desire to pack a bag and travel somewhere new. Wanting to go on an adventure is a very human thing… building places worth visiting is the other side of that coin.
If you plan on being an active and friendly member of the subreddit’s community, then you’ve got to commit to following the group’s rules. They’ve actually got a massive and well-structured FAQ available for everyone to browse. It details, well, pretty much everything: from the photo submission guidelines to what types of images are better off being shared on other subreddits. All of the rules help the sub’s mods focus on their preferred niche.
A lot of the buildings and locations featured in this article look amazing, that’s true. But how many of them would make for a good home? Sure, it’s fascinating to explore an ancient castle with a regal library, but consider the practical aspects of living there.
How much time would you spend dusting and cleaning everything? What would you do about heating? What’s the commute situation like if you’ve got to show up to your office half the workweek? (Though if you’ve bought yourself a castle, we assume that travel expenses and work, in general, aren’t much of an issue!)
The long and short of it is that only you can tell if you’d love or loathe to live in a particular place. The most aesthetically pleasing buildings might be a pure headache to maintain. Similarly, a quirky historical home might steal your heart and make you want to settle down there.
A while back, Bored Panda spoke with Ariane Sherine, editor at ‘These Three Rooms,’ about buying and redecorating properties. She noted that if you see a house that you love, ignore what everyone else thinks and go for it—buy it. (Of course, after you get it checked out in terms of safety, etc.)
“A home which functions perfectly in terms of everything working correctly and has a beautiful design aesthetic is the dream,” the design expert told us earlier.
“Strip any hideous wallpaper, take up any awful carpet, and start over. I’m a fan of neutral decor with white or cream walls and oak flooring, but that’s not everyone’s thing,” the expert shared how you can start redecorating your new old home.
“Create a mood board featuring decor you like. Choose four colors maximum per room, stick them on the board and see if they all go together. Everyone has their own unique sense of style; the important thing is that you love your home’s interior. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.”
Alas, many of our house-related dreams are limited by our wallets. Yours truly would love to have a literal castle. But all of the ones that I’ve got my eye out on are a wee bit out of my budget.
“If you’re struggling to find somewhere within your budget, it may be worth looking at Help to Buy schemes if you’re a first-time buyer, and shared ownership schemes if not. Alternatively, explore downsizing, or look in different locations,” Ariane told Bored Panda.
“The further you are from a city, the cheaper the property usually is. Although any savings may be obliterated by the cost of commuting to work and traveling generally, so do factor that in,” she said that you have to look at the whole picture. When you see the broader context, you can start thinking about what compromises to make and where.
“Only you know what compromises you’re willing to make, but it really is worth getting on the property ladder as early in life as possible. Although I appreciate that can often be extremely difficult.”