Either way, the coming year promises – for now at least – a slew of highly anticipated new buildings, from Africa’s tallest skyscraper to a futuristic water bottling plant in Italy. .
Remarkable for their design, their potential cultural impact or the conversations they are likely to generate, here are nine architectural projects to look forward to.
Sydney Modern Project, Sydney, Australia
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA / Art Gallery of New South Wales
Perched above Sydney Harbor, the 19th-century New South Wales Art Gallery is reimagined as a series of tiered pavilions that mimic the surrounding landscape.
Dubbed the Sydney Modern Project, the $ 250 million plan is to renovate the original building and create an entirely new structure that will almost double the total exhibition area. The resulting new spaces include a gallery dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and another built in a disused WWII naval oil tank.
The development marks an Australian start for SANAA, the firm founded by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, winner of the Pritzker Prize. Their vision for the gallery includes a variety of public spaces, including an “art garden” and a plaza connecting old and new buildings. Additionally, the museum says that once the project is completed later this year, 70% more trees will be planted at the site.
San Pellegrino flagship factory, Bergamo, Italy
Bjarke Ingels Group
Designed as both a bottling plant and an attraction for visitors, BIG’s serene design incorporates elements of classic Italian architecture, including arcades, porticoes, and a spacious plaza for staff and guests. A series of internal arches produces spaces of varying sizes, while opening up views of the surrounding valley. A “landmark” pillar, made from different rock layers, will represent the journey of mineral water from the mountain to the bottle.
Qorner Tower, Quito, Ecuador
Courtesy of Safdie Architects
One of the latest examples, the Qorner Tower, is due to open in the Ecuadorian capital Quito later this year. Designed by the eponymous firm of Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, a Jenga tower-shaped configuration creates stacked terraces for trees and plants on two sides of the tower. The north facade will have a huge “green wall” populated by native plant species.
The square windows give the building the characteristic pixelated look of Safdie. And at 24 stories, the tower will be among the tallest in the city in South America – a fact that will not be lost on residents using the tree-lined infinity pool on its rooftop.
New Parliament Building, New Delhi, India
Design, Planning and Management HCP Pvt. Ltd.
A new Parliament building is at the heart of the district plan of the architectural firm HCP. With its triangular shape hinting at the sacred geometries of several religions, the building will contain two horseshoe-shaped chambers for the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha – the upper and lower chambers of parliament, respectively – and a bright Constitution Hall. to outline The Written Constitution of India.
Fotografiska, Berlin, Germany
Three decades after a collective of artists occupied Berlin’s historic Kunsthaus Tacheles to save it from demolition, the building is being transformed into a German outpost for the Fotografiska photography museum.
With three floors of exhibition space, the museum will open in the fall of 2022.
Aranya ‘Cloud Center’, Qinhuangdao, China
Designed using the distinctive curves of the Chinese architect, the building’s polished exterior gives it the appearance of a shiny pebble reflecting the lush surroundings – or of a “cloud floating by the sea”, as the ‘Ma company described in a press release. The center will include a theater and exhibition space, while a series of overhangs will create cover for quiet public spaces.
Iconic tower, new administrative capital, Egypt
Khaled Desouki / AFP / Getty Images
The tower will be used primarily for private offices, although the Egyptian government is also moving the country’s parliament and ministries to the ambitious new city.
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial, Newtown, United States
Named “The Clearing” by award-winning architects SWA Group, the 1.8-acre memorial will lead visitors through woods and meadows via a network of circular trails. A water feature – with a sycamore tree planted in its center – will spiral inwardly, reinforcing the circle theme that permeates the thoughtful design.
“We wanted to recognize that the healing process doesn’t stop, it just continues and grows,” co-designer Daniel Affleck said in a press release.
Yongjia World Trade Center, Wenzhou, China