The striking architecture that will shape the world in 2022


Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

With Covid-19 causing delays in construction schedules and project openings, compiling CNN’s annual architecture forecast has become a delicate task. Indeed, several entries from last year’s (and even 2020) list have yet to officially open their doors.

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

In 2017, the Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) won a design competition to renovate and expand the headquarters of the Italian mineral water brand San Pellegrino. Nestled between the Brembo River and San Pellegrino Terme, the Italian town from which the company takes its name, the contemporary arched design of the $ 102 million project has seen it double “Factory of the future.”

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

The plant-covered skyscrapers – or “garden skyscrapers,” as they are often called – have become an increasingly common sight in Europe since the completion of Milan’s Vertical Forest in 2014. And the phenomenon continues to gain ground around the world. .

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Central Vista redevelopment project, a $ 1.8 billion overhaul of historic downtown New Delhi, has long been a source of heated debate in the country. But while critics have questioned the cost and timing of the program, few will deny that India’s colonial-era administrative buildings are in need of modernization.

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.

With construction at the site being controversially viewed as an “essential service” (and thus continuing through a nationwide pandemic lockdown last year), the race is on to complete the new one. parliament before the end of 2022, which will see India celebrate 75 years of independence from Britain.

Fotografiska, Berlin, Germany

flowering pictures

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.

Responsibility for the delicate renovation work has been entrusted to two architectural firms. Herzog & de Meuron, who designed museums such as London’s Tate Modern and Hong Kong’s new M +, completed a major roof extension and town plan for the surrounding Am Tacheles neighborhood. Berlin-based Studio Aisslinger, meanwhile, was responsible for the interior of the 114-year-old building, which retains the 1990s graffiti left by its former residents.

With three floors of exhibition space, the museum will open in the fall of 2022.

Aranya ‘Cloud Center’, Qinhuangdao, China

MAD Architects

The coastal city of Qinhuangdao, more than 150 miles east of Beijing, has in recent years become an unlikely destination for architecture enthusiasts. Its latest attraction is a cultural center designed by MAD Architects, the firm founded by former Zaha Hadid protégé Ma Yansong, who also oversees George Lucas’ highly anticipated Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles.

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

Iconic Tower is one of 18 skyscrapers planned for the central business district of the new Egyptian capital of 6.5 million people, which is under construction less than 30 miles east of Cairo.
Reaching 1,263 feet in the sky, the 80-story skyscraper will serve as the project’s visual centerpiece – and will be crowned Africa’s tallest building when completed later this year. The design was inspired by the ancient Pharaonic obelisks of Luxor, and features an illuminated crown intended to “convey a sense of strength and stability”, according to to architectural and engineering firm Dar Al-Handasah, which worked on the project alongside design firm Perkins & Will.

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

SWA Group

After five years of planning and nearly 200 design proposals, images of the long-awaited Sandy Hook permanent memorial were unveiled last summer. Intended to remember and celebrate the lives lost in the deadly elementary school shooting, the Newtown, Connecticut site will open to the public in December to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.

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

A studio

In the eight years since Dutch architectural firm UNStudio won a competition to design the Yongjia World Trade Center, China has become increasingly intolerant of “strange” architecture on its horizons. For now, however, the country continues to be a canvas for experimental design concepts – in this case, a “green neighborhood in the sky”.
Inspired by the idea of ​​precious objects standing on a tray, the towers are spread over four separate riverside plots in Wenzhou City, southeastern Zhejiang Province. Each skyscraper is made up of nested “frames” delineating the different vertical neighborhoods, while shared amenities such as gardens and lounges will be found where the frames overlap.

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