Seven interlocking buildings with parts that overlap or fit together

We’ve rounded up seven interlocking architecture projects, as searches for the term on Pinterest for the term  are experiencing a nearly twenty-nine-fold increase.

From cantilevers in Dubai to high-rises in Ecuador, this roundup showcases the diverse and innovative applications of interlocking architecture across the globe.

Studios in this roundup including Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and SAANA used concrete and rammed earth to create dynamic projects.

Scroll down to see eight projects from our interlocking architecture board on Pinterest.

Wrapped skyscraper in Quito with park in the backgroundWrapped skyscraper in Quito with park in the background

EPIQ, Ecuador, by BIG

The EPIQ tower, a collaboration between Danish architecture studio BIG and Quito-based developers Uribe Schwarzkopf, features L-shaped stacked blocks that curve as they converge at the structure’s centre.

The 24-storey tower in Ecuador has facades made of long bars of coloured concrete.

Find out more about EPIQ ›


Roofscape of Sydney Modern by SANAARoofscape of Sydney Modern by SANAA
SANAA designs Sydney Modern to be “harmonious with its surroundings”

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, by SANAA

Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning studio SANAA expanded the Art Gallery of New South Wales featuring a series of pavilions descending towards Sydney’s harbour.

SANAA aimed for the new Sydney Modern building to complement its scenic surroundings situated prominently on a hillside overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay in Sydney Harbour.

Find out more about the Art Gallery of New South Wales ›

Radio Hotel by MVDVRRadio Hotel by MVDVR

The Radio Tower and Hotel, United States, by MVRDV

Colourful and irregularly stacked volumes form the Radio Tower and Hotel in Manhattan, New York.

Designed in collaboration with Dutch architecture studio MVRDV and local firm Stonehill Taylor, the 23-storey tower contains a restaurant, shopping spaces and office spaces.

Find out more about The Radio Tower and Hotel ›

OSO completes Vancouver skyscraper modelled on Japanese lanternsOSO completes Vancouver skyscraper modelled on Japanese lanterns

Deloitte Summit, Canada, by OSO

Tokyo-based architecture studio OSO designed Deloitte Summit, a skyscraper in Vancouver, Canada, which features stacked protruding boxes, reminiscent of Japanese lanterns.

The 24-story tower was built by stacking a series of steel-framed cubes on top of each other, resulting in an interlocking, sculptural effect.

Find out more about the Deloitte Summit ›

81-87 Weston Street by AHMM81-87 Weston Street by AHMM

Interlocking flats, England, by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Wood-lined windows set into brick facades are featured in this mixed-use building in London’s Southwark borough completed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The form of the building was designed to mirror the staggered arrangement of its internal spaces.

Find out more about these interlocking flats › 

Aerial view of One Za'abeel by Nikken SekkeiAerial view of One Za'abeel by Nikken Sekkei

One Za’abeel development, Dubai, by Nikken Sekkei

This year, Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei built the world’s longest cantilever as part of the One Za’abeel development in Dubai.

The 67.5-meter structure is part of The Link, a horizontal structure suspended 100 meters above a six-lane highway.

Find out more about One Za’abeel ›

Living Art Pavilion by Mozhao ArchitectsLiving Art Pavilion by Mozhao Architects

Living Art Pavilion, China, by Mozhao Architects

Mozhao Architects expanded a technology park in Shenzhen by incorporating a furniture shop and teahouse within a series of six concrete blocks.

In designing the pavilion, the architects found inspiration in the traditional housing style native to the Shajing area, known for its sloping roofs and courtyard spaces.

Find out more about the Living Art Pavilion ›

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