Best of 2012 Architecture: Wildest Buildings This Year

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Every year, it seems, architects start a new race to see who can create the wildest building in the world. And 2012 was no different.

This year, we saw everything from dancing buildings to bow-tie structures and wacky "forests" of jagged condos. Our friends at Curbed wrapped up the wildest buildings from starchitects across the world to hit the architecture scene in 2012, and they are definitely some of the strangest we've ever seen. (Or are they?) Click through the gallery below to see what we mean.

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Best of 2012 Architecture: Wildest Buildings This Year

In October, Bjarke Ingels of BIG unveiled designs for a condo tower in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that -- who knows why, really -- looks as if it's torn in half.

Early in 2012, Daniel Libeskind completed this 2,000,000-square-foot "forest" of residential towers in Singapore.

In October, Frank Gehry unveiled these overwhelming-looking plans for an enormous entertainment district in Toronto, with three 80-plus-story residential towers and a 60,000-square-foot art gallery. No specifics on start or completion dates, though. 

After more than three years of arrested development, construction resumed for Herzog & de Mueron's tower at Manhattan's 56 Leonard in October. The building is slated to be finished in spring 2016.

In the spring, Thom Mayne's firm Morphosis unveiled designs for France's tallest building, the Phare Tower for Paris' La Défense business district, to be finished in 2017.

Renzo Piano's Shard building, which for now holds the title of Europe's tallest tower, officially opened in London on July 5. Many were not fans.

Just last week, Bjarke Ingels' plans for a pyramid-shaped residential building in midtown Manhattan were approved by NYC's City Planning Commission.

In November, swoop savant Zaha Hadid released these (surprise!) curvy plans for the now-rundown Beko factory in Belgrade, Serbia.

After many a development battle, construction may or may not have resumed on Jean Nouvel's shard-like MoMA expansion tower in NYC, called Tower Verre, in November.

Construction is ongoing for Santiago Calatrava's World Trade Center transportation hub, to open -- supposedly -- by 2015.

At 650,000 square feet, Bjarke Ingels' 8 House -- a bow-tie-shaped complex designed so residents can travel from the ground floor to the 10th via bike -- would be the largest private development ever built in Denmark. He disclosed the designs way back in January.

In November, Herzog & de Mueron unveiled a stunning new museum in the Hamptons, using less than a third of their recession-ravaged $82 million budget.

Argentinian hotelier Alan Faena tapped Rem Koolhaas to design an expansion of the Saxony Hotel in Miami Beach.

Another Koolhaas rendering, released this summer, for the Saxony Hotel in Miami Beach.

Here's another tabled project that has seen action in 2012: construction for Christian de Portzamparc's "Fortress of Glassitude" at 400 Park Ave. South in NYC resumed this spring.

In October, Chad Oppenheim announced he teamed up with -- of course! -- rapper Pharrell Williams to churn out these staggering renderings for Ice Cream City, for which there are few, if any, concrete plans.

Santiago Calatrava's rather lovely Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which stretches across Dallas, Texas, was completed early this year.

In October, Thom Mayne unveiled these plans for Cornell Tech NYC's Roosevelt Island campus, which is said to be complete by 2017.

Another wacky rendering by Bjarke Ingels: two luxury condo towers in Miami twist toward the sky in a way that looks like they're dancing with each other. The plans were revealed this summer.

Norman Foster's winning proposal for the redesign of 425 Park Ave. in NYC, to be finished by 2017.

The write-up for Zaha Hadid's (losing) competition proposal for 425 Park Ave. touts the plan as "a structure of timeless elegance, yet with a strong identity that reflects the complex and sophisticated age in which it was created."

OMA/Rem Koolhaas proposed this zig-zaggity silhouette for 425 Park Ave. Norman Foster ultimately won the bid.

Ah, yes. One57. The construction process for Christian de Portzamparc's colossal residential tower in Midtown Manhattan is possibly the most news-plugged piece of starchitecture in the U.S., what with collapsing cranes, lawsuits, and the sale of NYC's first $90 million penthouse

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