21 Manifestly Magnificent Cantilevers

Ever filled out an online survey that asks the question which super power you would rather have, flying or invisibility? For architects this question probably seems silly, for employing the cantilever in their designs does both those things. It gives buildings volumes that appear to be levitating, walls that disappear and (bonus!) views that extend to the horizon—preferably a tropical ocean. The physics of the cantilever are pretty simple: One end is anchored and the opposite juts dramatically into space. The structure of the building no longer has to rely on the exterior walls for support; it can essentially disappear. This enormously expands the possibilities for materials that can be implemented for the façade, allowing for full-length glazing and experimentation with patterning. Having glass walls from floor to ceiling, for example, is a hallmark of modern architecture, which allows for the integration of the interior spaces with the exterior landscape, such as with Fabi Architekten's Black on White house below: Black on White (Schwarz auf Weiß) by Fabi Architekten, Wenzenbach, Germany Additionally, lifting built volumes off the building site and stacking them on top of one another creates dramatic outdoor areas, as evidenced by Original Vision's ...
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