The World Architectural Festival 2015, held in Singapore, has unveiled innovative living ideas for the next generation homes and community buildings. The focus of architects is that the man-built environment for tomorrow should be modular, multi-purpose and above all, given global warming apprehensions, sustainable.

Competing for the prizes in different categories will be 100 shortlisted submissions of designs for housing, cultural and health centres, and office spaces.

Naturally-lit buildings and those featuring solar panels are a common theme among designers this year, as energy crises grip many countries of the world. Many architects are seeking inspiration from nature, incorporating it as an essential element in the prototypes they are presenting.

‘Cloud City’ is one such building complex, an entry from Kazakhstan — a 65-storey multi-purpose complex that looks like ascending cloud formations. The cloud blocks are purposefully arranged to allow direct sunlight to filter in into an atrium space at the interior.

Caves and grottoes are the inspiration behind ‘Grotto Hill House’, a holiday home on the Greek island Vis. The hill house also has agricultural space for growing olives.

The Fulton Centre New York subway station and retail space, designed by Grimshaw, is a glass box topped by a steel and glass dome spanning 37 metres. When it’s completed it will serve 30,000 commuters every day, becoming a gateway to Lower Manhattan.

Some of these marvels of futuristic design are already complete and ready for use, while others are still designs in the pipeline that give a glimpse into the world of tomorrow.

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