From an amorphous performance venue in New York to an underwater restaurant on the Norwegian coast, we've picked 5 of the most ambitious and awe-inspiring new structures to take a closer look at:
The prolific British designer's 1000 Trees project is not even completed but has already been compared to the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Located in Shanghai, the 300,000-square-meter multi-use complex features two mountainous structures constructed of 1000 columns. The top of each column is a planter housing various trees and shrubs, hence the project's name.
The 1000 Trees complex is located on Shanghai's Moganshan Road, close to the city's M50 Art District. No official announcement has been made regarding the completion date, however, construction photos suggest it should be finished towards the end of 2019.
At the southernmost point of Norway, by the village of Båly, Snøhetta has designed Europe’s first underwater restaurant. With its immediate proximity with the forces of nature, the restaurant, which will also function as a research centre for marine life, is a tribute to the Norwegian coast – to the wild fauna of the sea and to the rocky coastline of Norway’s southern tip.
"Under has been designed with sensitive consideration for its geographic context and aquatic neighbours. The sleek, streamlined form of the building is encapsulated in a concrete shell with a coarse surface that invites mussels to cling on. Over time, as the mollusc community densifies, the submerged monolith will become an artificial mussel reef that functions dually to rinse the sea and naturally attract more marine life to its purified waters." - Snøhetta
The restaurant has already started taking reservations, with the first diners expected in April 2019.
Residents and tourists alike will likely scratch their heads when they first see The Shed, one of many new structures being completed in the all-new Hudson Yards project. The 200,000 square-foot building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group, is a performance and arts venue unlike any other:
The structure can accommodate a wide range of performances, with Björk slated to be one of the first artists to perform there in 2019. However, this is no typical cultural venue. The thing about this building is that it was designed to be amorphous. The outer shell sits on a set of wheels, connected to a short track. Once activated, the shell moves away from the main frame of the building, creating a whole new space.
Those who were scratching their heads upon first glance of The Shed will definitely have dropped jaws once they see the building shapeshifting!
1000 Museum, currently under construction in Miami, Florida, is actually not a museum at all. It's a super-luxurious residential building featuring a bank-quality vault, health spa, and private helipad. Like so many structures designed by the great dame, the 62-story structure reflects the dynamic energy of the city in which it resides.
The design was one of the final projects Zaha Hadid orchestrated before her death in March 2016 and has been one of the most ambitious architecture projects to date. So ambitious, in fact, that PBS profiled the extreme difficulty in designing and constructing the skyscraper in its series Impossible Builds.
Jean Nouvel has long been known for his dramatic, eye-catching designs. Announced in 2010, his latest is the National Museum of Qatar. The interlocking disc motif which dominates the structure's design was inspired by a crystal formation known as the 'Desert Rose'.
The museum will feature an extensive dive into the small nation's history and will also house research facilities, laboratories, restaurants, shops, and a cafe. No official date has been decided upon for the opening, but an announcement is expected early in 2019.
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