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7 Scary Architectural Elements That Wouldn't Meet Building Code Requirements Today

09:30 - 31 October, 2016
The Skull Chapel in Czermna, Poland. Image© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poland_-_Czermna_-_Chapel_of_Skulls_-_interior_06.jpg'>Wikimedia user Merlin</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a>
The Skull Chapel in Czermna, Poland. Image© Wikimedia user Merlin licensed under CC BY 3.0

Architecture is often the backdrop, rather than the subject, of the scary. For example, The Shining owes much to the Overlook Hotel, “haunted” is often followed by “house,” and Victorian architecture has come to be associated with the creepy. In a less supernatural manner however, architectural elements themselves have proven over history to be scary in their own right. With the clarity that only retrospect can offer, it’s easy to look back on the following macabre materials, bleak utilities, and terrifying technologies in horror... but perhaps what is most scary is to consider which aspects of architecture we might blindly accept today that will also become glaringly frightening with time.

Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD

01:00 - 6 March, 2013
Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant / LEAD, © Dennis Lo Designs
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  • Architects

  • Location

    23-25 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Category

  • Project Management

    4N Architects, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. (LEAD)
  • Design Team

    Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange
  • General Contractor

    Kin Wah Decoration Co
  • Area

    25.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Golden Moon / LEAD

01:00 - 23 October, 2012
Golden Moon / LEAD, © Grandy Lui
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