As an architect, you should definitely not…
#5 …copy Paris one by one, or any other city.
Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, China. An empty town.
#4 …draw the exterior of a building and not really give importance about how it works inside.
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, by Frank Gehry (related article here).
#3 …try to represent objects or animals.
The Longaberger Basket Company, Newark, Ohio. Opened in 1997. Picture: Alamy.
The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand, by Sumet Jumsai. 1997. Picture: Alamy
#2 …build a mountain on the roof.
A Chinese Professor spent a lot of time, efforts and money to build this mountain in his garden. Questionable from an aesthetical point of view, it appears to be dangerous as well: neighbours reported cracks appearing in the ceiling and walls.
#1 …forget the lift.
When you draw a skyscraper, you definitely shouldn’t forget the lift.
The Intempo Tower, built in Alicante, Spain, was originally designed with 20 storeys – with lift – but developers later decided to extend it to 47 storeys. However, they didn’t remember to let enough space for the lift for the other 27 storeys.