Renderings and photo manipulations have become sophisticated enough to fool even the sharpest eyes. Meanwhile, architects are producing buildings that look too fantastic to be real. In the spirit of April Fools, we present a challenge: are these buildings fab? Or fake? Answers below.
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1 Real. The Sheraton Huzhou by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects opened in late 2013.
2 Real. Windgårdhs, based in Gothenburg, designed this luxury shopping centre in Malmö, Sweden; it opened in late 2012.
3 Fake. This image is part of a series by art and architecture firm m_gr_, based in Valencia, Spain.
4 Real. FAT Architecture’s sustainable “Community In A Cube” residential project from 2013 incorporates different house-inspired forms; it’s located in Middlesborough, UK.
5 Real. This glass house was built near Milan by Santambrogiomilano to showcase the glass manufacturer’s construction techniques.
6 Fake. Artist Víctor Enrich uses real photographs, then manipulates them digitally to bring fantastic architecture to life.
7 Real. The Gas Natural Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, was designed by Miralles Tagliabue, and opened in 2008.
8 Fake. Filip Dujardin of Belgium is both a commercial photographer and an artist who combines architectural elements into images of surreal structures.