Oscar season is upon us, and to celebrate, we've rounded up the top 10 contemporary buildings in movies.
We specify "contemporary" because architecture and movies have always gone together, from Hitchcock's pioneering use and representation of space to Kubrick's anxious use of interiors to Terry Gilliam's absurdo-futurist panoply of forms in Brazil. These examples, great they may be, are very well-known and always trotted out when any discussion of film and buildings is broached. But what about newer, less canonical buildings from less-than-classic movies?
The last decade of Hollywood movies has offered plenty for architectural lovers to gawk out, even if the films themselves are usually underwhelming, to put it kindly. (We're looking at you, Twilight.)
Designed by Alex Schultes and Charlotte Frank
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Aeon Flux (2005)
Still from "Aeon Flux"
Designed by Skylab Architecture
15 minutes of fame: Doubled as the Cullen family home in Twilight (2008)
The Cullen family
Designed by John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
15 minutes of fame: Martin Vanger's house (and torture cellar) in David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Photo: Roland Halbe
Cerro Paranal, Chile
Designed by Auer + Weber Architekten
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Quantum of Solace (2008)
Daniel Craig/James Bond running atop the ESO Hotel in the film's climax
Disney Opera House
Designed by Frank Gehry
15 minutes of fame: Featured in The Soloist (2009)
Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx in 'The Soloist'
The Skyline Residence
Designed by Belzberg Architects
15 minutes of fame: Doubled as Ryan Gosling's absurd bachelor pad in Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Phaeno Science Center
Designed by Zaha Hadid
15 minutes of fame: Doubled as a secret lair in The International (2009) ---the building was photoshopped at the bottom of a ravine at the edge of the sea
Stills from 'The International'
Photo: Oli Scarff, Getty Images
30 St. Mary Axe ("The Gherkin")
Designed by Foster + Partners
15 minutes of fame: See in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005). The interiors double as Jonathan Rhys-Meyers' office
Hard times inside the Gherkin, from "Match Point"
Tom Cruise scaling the side of the Burj
Photo: Jens Passoth
Prague, Czech Republic
Designed by A69 Architects
15 minutes of fame: Featured in Kanye West's masterpiece Runaway (2010)
Existential-Kanye on the roof of the EggO House, from 'Runaway'