Things move quickly in the world of architecture and 2016 was no different. Those passionate about buildings were enthralled by the Herzog & de Meuron Tate Modern extension and by the Mausoleum of Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Poland. But the list of buildings on the way in 2017 is just as exciting. We present the seven most intriguing buildings that will cut the ribbon this year.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel was behind the striking new addition to UAE’s cultural landscape. The fusion between traditional and modern styles is impressive. Two-thirds of the museum is covered by an 180-meter white dome; a nod to Arabian architecture depicting mosque and mausoleum. Originally penciled in for a 2012 inauguration, building lovers will finally have their $653.4 million museum with its strict geometry and high ceilings offering ideal spaces for works of art.
LEGO House, Denmark
The LEGO House acts as a cloud of interlocking LEGO bricks with interconnected terraces joined to a man made mountain for people to enjoy citywide views. Architecture at its finest is the opportunity to create your own world, and LEGO play bricks have given children all over the world a chance to be a creator. Now this stacked LEGO brick building completed with the classic eight-knob LEGO brick will be a place where adults can let their imagination run wild.
Huangshan Mountain Village, China
The architects of this village in the skies must have been mad; well in fact they were. It was a brainchild of MAD Architects, who are behind many of China’s incredible new tall buildings. Located in the Huangshan Mountains, a place of mystical scenery and limestone cliffs, residents enjoy a sanctuary rare in bustling China. Each floor is unique and can be accessed from shared social spaces creating a balance between public and private spaces. The apartment interiors hold nature in high regard with local materials and plants incorporated.
The Silo, Denmark
COBE Architects’ 17-storey transformed grain silo will become a mixed-use residential project; where each apartment will be stacked on each other. Public functions will also be hosted on the top and bottom floors; converting the location into an urban silo for Copenhageners. The wide concrete spaces will make an interesting event venue.
Guardian Art Center, China
Just two blocks from Beijing’s Forbidden City; the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, the world’s first major museum, and auction house hybrid will open its doors. Its location nestled in beside a 15th-century historic imperial palace and a modern shopping district meant that architects Ole Scheeren needed to strike a balance between old and new just right. The lower building appears pixelated echoing the traditional hutong buildings nearby. At the top of the building, there is a floating ring that will house the hotel and restaurants but with a hollow center resonating China’s traditional courtyard houses.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, South Africa
Spanning over 9,500 square meters, the Zeitz MOCAA will open in 2017 and take its place among the leading art museums in the world. The building will form a key part of the master plan for the silo district which will include mixed-use developments of residential and commercial outfits. Contemporary art has been on the rise in Africa and having the world’s largest museum will be a credit to German businessman Jochen Zeitz. Zeitz, who was the youngest head of a public company in German history when he was appointed CEO of Puma.
Herzog & de Meuron, Elbphilharmonie, Germany
Better late than never for the new look Hamburg concert venue, after a decade behind schedule, it is almost ready. The ambitious scale of the building is unrivaled; with the 600 curved glass panes with sweeping harbor views from the observation deck. The Grand Hall has handblown glass lamps and more than 10,000 distinct acoustic panels. No expense is spared as can be seen by the €300 toilet brushes in each bathroom. Despite all its modern fixtures and fittings, it stays true to Hamburg’s famed Brick Expressionism with its red-brick base and sculptural facade.