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Extreme Architectural Makeovers: 12 Startling Frankenmuseums
By Claire Cottrell,
Flavor Wire, 13 June 2012.

The idea for Mary Shelley’s most famous novel, Frankenstein, came to her in a dream while summering in Switzerland with the notoriously melancholy poet, Lord Byron, and the manic creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction, John Polidori. As you do when you’re bored, conflicted writers obsessed with the occult on holiday, you hold a competition to see who can come up with the best horror story. Mary’s tall tale about a hideous creature created by a science experiment gone awry clearly won.

We’re all for trial and error, and as our favourite visionary architect and staunch advocate of pushing the limits, Bucky Fuller, said “there is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes.” A boundary pushing bout of genius is the hope when you’re a castle-builder looking to change the world, but there’s a fine line between botched and brilliant (ahem, Lady Gaga). Click through to check out twelve extreme experimental designs that we think are too brave for their own good. Let us know in the comments if you agree, then tell us what modern buildings you think should have been left on the design world’s equivalent of the cutting room floor. [Note: Click the image source links for more information and images]

1. The Military History Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind -
Dresden, Germany
Image credit: Bitter Bredt via DesignFun

2. Akron Art Museum Expansion by Coop Himmel(b)lau -
Akron, Ohio, USA
Image credit: Roland Halbe via ArchitypeReview.

3. The Rapperswil-Jona Municipal Museum by :mlzd -
Rapperswil, Switzerland
Image credit: :mlzd via knstrct

4. Royal Ontario Museum Crystal by Studio Daniel Libeskind -
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

5. Art Museum Gösta by PRAUD – Finland
Image credit: 51Arch

6. Jean Cocteau Museum by Rudy Ricciotti - Menton, France
Image credit: Musée Jean Cocteau via Vogue

7. The Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum by CF Møller
- London, England
Image credit: Diffusion Group

8. The Rosenthal Contemporary Arts Center by Zaha Hadid -
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Image credit: Erissa MacKaron via The University of Cincinnati

9. The Contemporary Jewish Museum by Studio Daniel Libeskind -
San Francisco, California, USA
Image credit: Architizer

10. Enzo Ferrari Museum by Future Systems - Modena, Italy
Image credit: dezeen

11. Groninger Museum by Philippe Starck, Alessandro Mendini,
Coop Himmelb(l)au and Studio Job - Groningen, Holland
Image credit: blogtelopia; BK59; dezeen

12. The Museum of Transport by Zaha Hadid - Glasgow, Scotland

Top image: The Museum of Transport (left) and Enzo Ferrari Museum (right)

[Source: Flavor Wire. Edited. Top image added.]

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