worth1000-impossible-fantasy-retreats

Would would your dream house look like if you could create architecture without structural limits, geographical borders and cost or client boundaries? It might look something like the myriad creations of Worth1000 users made for a photo-editing contest series aptly hybridizing the terms ‘bizarre’ and ‘architecture’.

limitless dwellings photoshop contest

Take structural integrity out of the equation and one can construct a sky-scraping sand castle the likes of which the world has never seen. Subtract gravity and cool cantilevered volumes can now literally float up into the air, mingling with cloud layers above. (Via Bizarrchitecture 3)

water and air architecture designs

Material remixes are popular as well, with submissions that combine ultramodern architecture and ice flows, or water towers and castles, stone caves and prefab pods and more. (Via Bizarrchitecture 4)

architectural photoshop remixes

Architectural hybrids turn familiar structures into novel forms, converting known sculptures into giant-sized dwellings, for instance, or infusing a famous building, with active red-hot volcanic mass. (Via Bizarrchitecture 7)

ocean home designs

While you may not see an upside-down home with a private helipad, or an underwater dwelling with wood siding anytime soon, practicing architects could stand to learn a thing or two from such periodic forays into fantastical and physically impossible design. More such adventurous explorations and fantasy illustrations of built environments and dream dwellings can be found at the archives of Worth1000.

Worth1000 was a long-running design site that encouraged users to submit entries into Photoshop contests, and discussed the results. The themes could be odd, but they were always entertaining. Take this one for example:

worth 1000 photoshop contest

“In this contest, you are to create the final photograph; if the victim, whoever he might be, had a camera on him right before “it” happens… thats the image we want to see. This contest aims for a serious creepy angle. As such it’s recommended that you don’t include humor in your hoax, and try to be as photorealistic as possible.”

“The rules of this game are thus: You are to make a last-photo hoax: That is, the final photograph someone fires off before… we’ll leave that to the readers’ imaginations. This contest aims for a serious creepy angle. Remember, it is recommended that you do not include humor in your hoax. Doing so may get your image disqualified!”

What do you think of these weird and fun Photoshop creations?