The best architectural projects to look forward to in 2022

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Architecture journalist Lizzie Crook selects the 12 most interesting architecture projects slated for completion in 2022, including an underwater sculpture park and a pair of towers connected by a drone airlift.



Photo is by Chris Stowers, courtesy of OMA

Taipei Performing Arts Center, Taiwan, by OMA

After much waiting, the Taipei Performing Arts Center will finally open its doors in the Taiwanese capital in March 2022.

The cultural venue, which was first unveiled by the OMA in 2009, features three unique theaters that plug into a central glass cube. Unlike traditional theaters, all of the backstage will be made visible to the public via a circular circulatory space.

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Green terraces of the Xi'an International Football Center by Zaha Hadid Architects
The visual is by Atchain

Xi’an International Football Center, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects

This year will see the completion of a lavish football stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects, ahead of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Among its features will be towering columns and an overhanging roof, which houses a series of planted terraces on its south-facing elevation.

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Sydney Extension Modern extension by SANAA

Sydney Modern, Australia, by SANAA

In Australia, SANAA will complete its extension to the New South Wales Art Gallery, designed to contrast with the neoclassical architecture of the existing gallery.

The extension will consist of a series of cascading glass-walled pavilions and will incorporate an underground gallery built in a converted oil tank that dates back to World War II.

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Aerial visual of the wooden community center by Snøhetta
The visual is by MIR

Lanternen, Denmark, by Snøhetta and WERK Arkitekter

One of the smaller projects on this list is Lanternen, a wooden community center for water sports being built on the Esbjerg coast in Denmark.

Designed by Snøhetta with WERK Arkitekter, the building is intended to evoke “boat craftsmanship” and will feature a large opening in its facade that guides visitors to the water’s edge.

Find out more about the Esbjerg maritime center ›


Construction of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts
Photo is by Timothy Hursley

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, USA, by Studio Gang

Some of the buildings due for completion in the United States this year include the redevelopment of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, run by Studio Gang.

The studio offered an updated museum preview last year when it released a series of photos of its new folded roof landscape. Cast in concrete, this roof covers a series of curved pavilions that aim to unify the existing structures on the site.

Learn more about the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts ›


Visual of DJI's headquarters in China
The visual is courtesy of Foster + Partners

DJI Headquarters, China, by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has a number of projects slated for completion in 2022, but one of the most unusual is the head office he designed for robotics company DJI in Shenzhen (pictured above and above).

It includes two towers with cast steel trusses, which will be connected by a curved skybridge designed to show off the company’s latest drone technology.

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Visual of Sundby School in Denmark
Visual courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

Sundby School, Denmark, by Henning Larsen Architects

The only educational building to make this list is an elementary school by Henning Larsen Architects which will feature a pedestrianized roof and adaptable interiors.

Named Sundby School, it is set to become the first building of its kind in Denmark to receive the Nordic Ecolabel – an official sustainability certificate for the region that takes into account details such as energy consumption and usage of materials.

Find out more about Sundby School ›


Nanjing Zendai Himalayan Center by MAD
Photo is from CreatAR Images

Nanjing Zendai Center Himalayas, China, by MAD

Another late arrival in 2022 will be the mixed-use Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, which was also on our list of projects to look forward to in 2020.

Designed by MAD, the 560,000 square meter resort features a mix of small buildings, green spaces and elevated pathways lined with mountain-like towers with cascading louvers.

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Visual of the flagship plant of San Pellegrino by BIG
Visual courtesy of BIG

Flagship factory in San Pellegrino, Italy, GRAND

BIG’s flagship San Pellegrino factory will be completed in a mountain valley in Italy, nearly five years after the studio won the international competition to design the project.

Created for the soft drink company San Pellegrino, the head office and bottling plant will pay homage to traditional Italian architecture with details such as arches, an arcade and a portico.

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Valley nearing completion in Amsterdam
Photo is by Marcel Steinbach, courtesy of EDGE and MVRDV.

Valley, Netherlands, by MVRDV

In the Netherlands, the Valley by MVRDV complex will open with three mixed-use skyscrapers fringed with windows and projecting stone-covered balconies.

While construction of the building is already complete, its “green layer” of 13,000 plants, trees and shrubs is now left to grow on the uneven edges of the building in time for the 2022 opening.

Find out more about Vallée ›


Visual of The Reefline by OMA
Visual courtesy of OMA

The ReefLine, USA, by OMA

The second OMA project on this list is The ReefLine, an underwater sculpture park near Miami Beach that aims to protect its coastline from the effects of climate change.

Although the park is being built in stages, its first phase is expected to open in December with the first sculptures in place. On and around the works of art will also be geometric concrete modules, which will function as an artificial reef.

Find out more about The ReefLine ›


Visual of the Minamisanriku 311 Memorial by Kengo Kuma
Visual courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

Minamisanriku Memorial 311, Japan, by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma and Associates are set to complete a memorial and tourism center in Japan dedicated to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami – the strongest earthquake on record in Japan.

Named the Minamisanriku 311 Memorial after the city in which it is located, the building will feature cedar cladding and a large overhanging roof that slants skyward.

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