Architects are known for having some fantastical ideas. It's amazing what kind of concepts these designers can come up with for the built environment, for better or worst. Which can make us thankful for renderings, which give us a glimpse into what could potentially be realized. Some of the most notable, and somewhat garrish, came out of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition, which boasted 1,175 submissions. To get an idea of just how extreme they could be, they are still on view online.

The winner, designed by Parisian firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, is also very obscure, according to CityLab writer Kriston Capps. Shrouded in fog, it's hard to tell what the entire structure really is, although that may be part of the plan for when it is finished.

Others that made us stop in our architectural perusing include skyscrapers with integrated gardens, like Stefano Boeri Architetti's Les Terrasses des Cedres, and submissions for a new National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., which included tearing up the current structure and simply plopping down a massive sculpture.

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