The Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018
2017 produced some amazing and eye-catching architecture such as the muli-coloured Lego House in Denmark and a South African Art Museum inside a disused grain silo. A few of the biggest names in the industry have now designed buildings that are expected to complete in the next 12 months and we are more than eager to see them complete.
1. Glass Courthouse, Paris
Comprising a series of stacked glass volumes, the 160-metre-high building will bring together the French capital’s judiciary system in one place as it had previously been scattered around the city. The Courthouse is set to open in April 2018 and it has been designed by Renzo Piano’s Studio who also won a competition to design Tribunal de Paris in 2010. The building’s stacked volumes decrease in size towards the top – an approach that the architects took to reduce the visual impact of the building on the skyline. Each volume is only 35 metres deep, in order to allow natural light to easily reach the core. A dorsal fin runs up the side of the glazed facade, housing two exterior glass lifts.
2. An upcoming residential tower on 44th Street in Manhattan which is only 47 feet wide
Both 432 Park Avenue and 111 W. 57th Street in New York City hit the reset button on the notion of what a residential building could look like. These new and rising towers are super-tall, super-skinny projects whose slim footprints were never considered for high-rises before the current building boom.
This new project coming to Manhattan that’s even thinner: 303–305 E. 44th Street, designed by Eran Chen of ODA Architecture.
At 47 feet wide, this one’s the narrowest building of the bunch. Developed by Triangle Assets, the tower will rise about 600 feet high, creating 115,000 square feet of residential space. The 44th Street tower combines urban living in the sky with the idea of a suburban backyard. Stretching the program vertically, 16 foot high gaps are created between every two apartments forming sculptural gardens with direct access from every apartment.
3. V&A Museum of Design, Dundee
The new V&A museum is set to open in the Summer of 2018 and it has been designed by Kengo Kuma in Dundee.
Set to become Scotland’s first design museum, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee is being built on the River Tay. It will be the only UK outpost of the successful London institution.
The opening of a new Victoria and Albert museum outpost is set to reactivate the Scottish city’s waterfront by attracting up to 350,000 visitors a year to the country’s first design museum. The building’s inclined stone-clad facades are intended to resemble a cliff face emerging from the sea.
4. Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza
Set to become the largest archaeological museum in the world, the Grand Egyptian Museum will partially open in 2018 after years of delays that have seen costs spiral to more than $1 billion. A triangular motif repeated throughout the design echoes the forms of the nearby pyramids.
The site for the Grand Egyptian Museum is located at the edge of the first desert plateau between the pyramids and Cairo. It is defined by a 50m level difference, created as the Nile carves its way through the desert to the Mediterranean, a geological condition that has shaped Egypt for over 3,000 years.
The design of the museum utilises the level difference to construct a new ‘edge’ to the plateau, a surface defined by a veil of translucent stone that transforms from day to night. The museum exists between the level of the Nile Valley and the plateau, never extending above the plateau.
5. Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects, Macau
Described by its developers as the “world’s first free-form exoskeleton high rise,” this sculptural hotel in Macau’s City of Dreams complex features large voids carved into its monolithic form. The exoskeleton mesh embraces a reinforced-concrete core to provide lateral stability.
City of Dreams is an integrated entertainment resort that has established itself as a premier leisure and entertainment destination in Macau & its designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Located in the heart of Cotai in Macau, it combines electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, designer brand shopping, a spacious and contemporary casino, and the spectacular The House of Dancing Water.
Morpheus is a new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams complex. The new hotel is an unprecedented combination of structural and formal challenges to resolve a highly complex and articulated variety of uses within one coherent building envelope. Morpheus is designed to satisfy the dreams of tomorrow’s most sophisticated international travellers.
6. Istanbul New Airport
The Grimshaw-led team, which also includes Norwegian firm Nordic Office of Architecture and London studio Haptic, says the Istanbul New Airport Terminal One will become the “world’s largest airport terminal under one roof”, covering a site of nearly 100 hectares.
Scheduled to open officially on Turkey’s Republic Day on October 29, 2018, Istanbul New Airport will handle more passengers than any other airport in the world once fully operational. The world’s largest terminal under one roof will feature vaulted ceilings and references to Istanbul’s architectural heritage.
The airport will be located 20 miles outside the city on the Black Sea coast. It will be built in four phases, with the first expected to open in 2018 and serve up to 90 million passengers a year.
A large plaza and transport hub will be built at the entrance, allowing the airport to integrate with existing rail, metro and bus routes.
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