Architecture and design are complex and fascinating topics that have a constantly changing discussion about the balance between form and function. We’ve written about the importance of symmetry and the homogenization of design and tackled the issue of aesthetics versus safety. We believe both are important, but should aesthetics trump safety?
To help you think about this question, we’ve curated some of the best posts from r/ArchitectureForAdults, an online community dedicated to sharing beautiful architecture and engineering designs. The members of this community are also passionate about sharing their thoughts on safety and aesthetics.
At the time of writing, there were over 3,700 members of r/ArchitectureForAdults. We hope the community will continue to grow and expand over time due to the variety of content they share. It’s also an excellent way to prepare for your upcoming trip.
You can’t expect the same safety standards in every area. For instance, you must focus on the small steps in front of you, the railings that don’t come up to your knees, and the double-decker buses you can ride on.
According to the subreddit, these designs are “unsafe for morons but safe for everyone else.” However, I think that it’s ridiculous to have low railings. I believe that both beauty and safety should coexist. That design should not be sacrificed for the sake of practicality. Also, while having unique and beautiful designs is possible, it doesn’t automatically make them more attractive.
We’re asking you to upvote your favorite photos from this gallery to see which one you liked the most. I’m sure that you’ll agree that this is a great time to collect yourself some more. If you’re a person who fears heights and falling, then please go ahead and hang on to your hats.
01. Mural On The Back Of Acme Incorporated
02. Almost Pulled A Michael Scott While Delivering Groceries Today
03. You Don’t Need To Be Drunk Anymore
05. This Staircase
06. A Pool connects all of These Houses
08. In The ’20s, Fiat Had A Test Track On Top Of Their Production Warehouse
09. Don’t Swing It Side To Side Too Much
10. Construction Of The Hindenburg- Yes, Those Are Ladders
11. What Was Their First Idea, Stairs Made From Piles Of Rusty Nails?
12. These Obstacles Are Almost Invisible On The Bike Lane
13. The Storseisundet Bridge In Norway
14. This 1930s Design Let You Hang Your Baby Over The Side Of A Building In A Cage
15. Meteora Monasteries, Greece
16. Step Out Of A Bathtub Down A Flight Of Stairs, Anyone?
17. This Architect Accidentally Built A Death Ray That Melts Cars And Fries Eggs… Again
18. Yes, It’s A Door
19. The Cannonball Loop Waterslide, A Slide So Dangerous It Was Shutdown Almost Immediately After Opening
20. Hope You Don’t Drop Anything
21. On The Floor Of the Doctor’s Office. If You Trip On It, You’re In The Right Place
22. A Footbridge With Knee-High Sides
23. Indian Stepwells | The Construction Of Stepwells Is Mainly Utilitarian, Though They May Include Embellishments Of Architectural Significance, And Be Temple Tanks
24. Oh, No
25. Stairwell In A Hotel I Stayed In
26. I Don’t Even Know Where To Begin
27. Wavy Stairs To Make Going Downstairs More Fun
28. Window That Turns Into A Balcony
29. Hammock Bathtub
30. Looks Too Easy To Slip And Fall
31. This Infinity Pool In Singapore
32. Emergency Exit Looks Like Emergency By Itself
33. What Kind Of Stairs Is That Even????
34. I Always Wanted A Treehouse
35. Skyslide At OUE Skyspace In Los Angeles, CA | An Outdoor Glass Slide Attached To The Exterior Of The U.S. Bank Tower. The Skyslide Is 45 Feet Long, About Four Feet Wide, And Made Entirely With 1.25-Inch Glass. Visitors Glide From The 70th To The 69th Floor. Now Permanently Closed
36. Train To Machu Picchu With A Balcony
37. Internal Staircase For People Who Like Every Trip To Be An Adventure, And No Longer Have Children
38. These Urinals Where You Can Look Out To The Street. Windows Aren’t Tinted At All, So You Can Also See In. Even Has A Sink On Top Of Each One
39. The Statue Of Liberty’s Torch, New York, NY
The torch has been closed since the “Black Tom” explosion of July 30, 1916, which was one of the most significant acts of sabotage to our nation before the event of pearl harbor on December 7, 1941 wikipedia_it
40. Adult Transportation
41. God Forbid You Have A Baby Or A Little Dog
42. Couldn’t Get A Good Seat? Risk Your Life Trying To Watch The Game!
43. The Hanging Temple In China, And Its Thigh High Guard Rails
44. Montagne De Bueren Staircase In Liège, Belgium | In 2013, It Was Ranked As #1 On The Huffington Post’s List Of Most Extreme Staircases
45. I Can See Many Kids Falling
46. Imagine Going Down On These Stairs
47. Hudson Yards Vessel, In New York City, NY | Often Debated On Its Construction For Being Too Easy For Imbeciles To Jump/Fall Off
48. Accident Prone
49. Somebody Told Me To Post This Here
50. Paternoster Lifts At Prague City Hall
51. Ponte Dei Salti A Bridge With Knee-High Sides In Ticino (Southern Switzerland)
52. Let Me Show You Around The House. Wait, Don’t Go There!
53. They Put A Trampoline In The Sky
54. This House Near Goose Creek, Alaska
55. It’s Fine, Nothing To Worry About
56. Zen Yikes
57. Massive Retractable Windows On This Train In Switzerland
58. 1880 Switchback Railway At The Hotel Arcadia, Santa Monica
59. Night At The Drive-In
60. Just Hop On And Off The Back As The Bus Slows Down
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