A view of Singapore skyline from Marina Bay Sands.
The mere mortal acts of eating, shopping and drinking have suddenly become very cool.
You don't need to be an architectural whizz to appreciate some of the world's most chic, futuristic places to spend your money, but we will leave it to the experts when it comes to actually deciding which ones are worth a visit. Publisher Taschen has the final word on cool in its new Architecture Now! book called Eat Shop Drink, and they've shared 11 extracts with us.
Galleria Centrecity, Cheonan, South Korea
The architect: UNStudio
It is: a shopping mall
The exterior of the building creates an optical illusion with two layers of customised aluminium extrusion profiles on top of a back layer of composite aluminium cladding. Waves of colour cross the facade at night. The architects have also created a VIP Room, art centre and customer service zones.