Virtual Realities by NL Architects



Venice Architecture Biennale: Dutch architects NL present this series of images in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.


Fly United - go with the flow!


Google Forest - the sea levels rise. Less land is available. How can we increase the capacity of our cities?


Flower Power - can we move from what the Dutch call "pollution of the horizon" to "heroic" configurations? Is it possible to create an Eiffel Tower, Atomium or St Louis Arch dedicated to the production of environmentally friendly energy?


Trashberg - the currents of the Pacific Ocean tend to accumulate floating plastic in a confined area. An immense archipelago of trash comes into being, a bouyant island the size of Spain, France and Italy combined.


Minimum Speed 200 kh/h - the products that surround us often have unused capacities, we only use a fraction of their potential.


Phantom Pain - in the capitals of Europe 18 square kms of office space is left unused. This equals more than half of Manhattan. Or a ghost town of 50 twin towers.


Cruise City, City Cruise - cruise ships in theory are "parasites" in every port they call on. Can we introduce a form of reciprocity? Can we imagine a two-way connection between ships and the city?


Posted on Friday September 12th 2008 at 6:50 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Pieter

    Fantastic !!!
    Finaly some people who have again fun in Architecture!!!
    This is how architecture should be: critical, sharp, intelligent…and comic!!!

    See you one day back in Ordos guys!

  • James

    hahah i love it!

  • CS

    This guys are brilliant – I love them!

  • Lucas

    very nice, very crazy

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  • loke

    whether one can see an interest level that environmental problems we face today is in any area of our lives and evil utilization of resources. however I think the way to show this problem does see it somewhat amusing and not taken fully into account. without taking into account the text and photos one would believe that photographs are only fun when they are not, although perhaps that is how you want to go into the forefront of people through the ironic, it is at the discretion of each . beyond everything is much more valid to touch these issues and not others as the city of mad! …

  • abe

    That highway loop is crazy…

  • martincho cho


  • IH choi


  • COOL¡

  • olgv.

    hahaaaaa, adorable :))

  • Some really fun, imaginative illustrations!

    The “Flower Power” wind turbines would certainly make wind energy a lot more aesthetically appealling for a lot of people.

    The interstate highway loop reminds me of playing with plastic Hot Wheels tracks when I was a kid. Anyone remember Hot Wheels?

    And the “Ghost Town” of World Trade Center towers brings to mind the Urban Monads portrayed in Robert Silverberg’s sci-fi novel, “The World Inside.”

  • azeem

    Wow good work like most of them!!

  • eduardo

    they are great!!
    just brilliant,
    I love them!

  • The ghost town one is just eerie, but that loop looks really fun.

  • Google Forest – the sea levels rise.

  • roadkill


  • critical cow

    Architecture with a thought provoking sense of humour. Genius.

  • danner

    I totally recognize the highway from the loop picture. It’s 101 / 92 interchange in San Mateo, CA. That would be awesome :)

  • ant

    sweet…love them!

  • Young

    beautiful…-Dubai thing.

  • As a resident of Dubai, let me just say that the third picture (‘Google forest’) is much, much less zany than what they probably have planned for the actual place!

  • Emerson

    Love it. You can’t beat a tongue in a cheek.

  • freedom

    For the love of God. *gasp*

    Thanks NL. You’re an eye-opener!

  • Mazhar

    Oooops! They did it! Good architecture!

  • Velma

    Nice ones! Eye poppers! Mind Blowers!

  • Lski

    haha..brilliant and comic.. :D

  • mama

    Why are Dutch architects the only ones with some sense of humour? (I’m not Dutch btw). Stir it up NL!

  • Juul

    I’m looking forward to the book wich is comming in oktober right?

  • Fransje

    It is not easy to reply with words as original as these images!
    At least these images do open a part of my mind that until now was never invited to strech into such delightful corners and at the same time they create bodyly sensations such as an enormous inner smile and an intimate feeling of awe, abundance and recognition.
    More. We want more….

  • pedro

    Good! very funny!! but, it’s stupid, it’s only show! I want architecture!

  • great compilation dude !!!

  • amazing!

  • ANdi

    Useless but funny stuff. Lovin it

  • amazing interpretations and ideas :)

  • somebuddy

    nice for inspiration but nothing else…

  • John

    that freeway loop remind me of the Los Angeles freeways i drive on a daily basis