So, it's called SCIENCE-fiction for a reason, (not that any of these spaces are fictitious, btw). You all know that we here are obsessed with the fantastical creations that come from the world of sci-fi—there is something just so irresistible about imagining future possibilities beyond contemporary restrictions. It comes as no surprise, then, that many of the forms and structures in this genre of architecture are oddly similar to those found in the science community. Intrinsic to these spaces is the air of abstraction, discovery, and questioning the status quo—what's not inspirational about that?

Delving deep into the realms of the quantum physics lair, the featured facilities are mainly interested with the detection of minuscule particles and waves. Somewhat ironically, these are often massive structure, going to extremes; take CERN, which has a collider of 27 kilometers (17 mi) circumference used to detect a particle of mass ~ 125 GeV (hint: that is TINY).

Despite looking like Kubrik scenes, take note, all of these space are real!

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN,) Geneva, Switzerland


Hadron Collider, images via and via.

Super-Kamioka Neutrino Detection Experiment (Super-K), beneath Mount Kamioka in Hida, Japan


Workers float on a raft in the neutrino observatory. Image via.

Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN,) Karlsruhe, Germany


"A neutrino experiment without detecting neutrinos." Image via and via.

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, Daya Bay, China


The Far Hall (EH3) water pool with 3 Anti-neutrino detectors. via

The Photomultiplier tubes detect antineutrino interaction by amplifying and recording the faint flashes of light emitted. via


Check out more examples from the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Ontario, the Borexino detector in L'Aquila, Italy, and more on Architizer!

Article by Alex Garkavenko