Architects said it couldn't be done -- that the elaborate, 3D facade on this Swiss hotel was simply "unbuildable"... and yet the InterContinental Davos Hotel is now complete. Take that, architecture know-it-alls.
Designed by German firms OIKOS and Wilhelm+Partner, the 216-room hotel resembles a giant pine cone (which's good, since that was the source of inspiration) or a waffle floating amidst the Graubünden Alps. The structure's signature facade is made of 791 curved steel planks, each measuring just 3mm in thickness; in total, upwards of 62,000 pieces of material were required. And to manipulate the wave-like, interweaving design, architects relied on a digital and parametrization process that we in no way understand, but acknowledge does create one sorta-trippy hotel.