There are many exciting, innovative and interesting architectural projects around the globe due for completion in 2017.
In France, a museum dedicated to the human body will be completed, whilst ‘The Scalpel’ will be a new addition to London’s skyline. Asia will see projects including a sky garden built on an elevated disused road, and the USA will see the completion of Apple Park, the silicon valley tech giant’s highly anticipated ring-shaped headquarters in California.
For those who are unable to make the trip to see all of these architectural masterpieces, we have made our own edit of some of the best projects to look forward to in 2017.
1. Huangshan Mountain Village, Anhui Province, China
Designed by Chinese firm MAD Architects, this is a purpose built village near the Huangshan Mountains in Anhui Province, central China.
The Huangshan Mountain Village buildings are organically shaped to flow with the breathtaking surroundings and will nestle between the trees on the southern slope of Taiping Lake.
The Village will contain a blend of public and private spaces, including a hotel, local conveniences and spacious apartments.
2. Lego HQ, Billund, Denmark
Scandinavian Architect firm C.F. Møller is responsible for the playful design of the new Lego headquarters in Billund, Denmark, the hometown of the Danish toy brand. The building will be set on 52,000 m² and will offer Lego’s fortunate personnel a working environment with plenty space to play in.
The exterior of the building will combine bright colors with a series of bold geometric forms reminiscent of Lego bricks. Throughout the inside of the headquarters, yellow will be the color of choice for its stairs, walls and floors, echoing the color of the brand’s infamous minifigures.
3. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) will be situated in Cape Town, South Africa and will be preserving, researching, and exhibiting cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
Designed by the Heatherwick Studio, when completed later this year, the Zeitz MOCAA will have nine floors, with 6,000 meters squared of dedicated gallery space and 3,500 meters squared of exhibition space.
4. The Scalpel, London, England
The Scalpel will have 38 floors of office space and will rise 190 meters over London with an estimated cost of over half a billion dollars. Architect firm Kohn Pedersen Fox are responsible for the building’s distinctive angular design which inspired its name. The Scalpel will stand as a sharp reminder of a rich history of commerce in the very heart of London’s main financial district.
5. Chaoyang Park Plaza, Beijing, China
Chinese firm MAD took inspiration from Chinese landscape paintings of mountains, lakes and hills when designing this 120,000 meter squared complex of office blocks, residential accommodation and public spaces.
Situated on the southern edge of Chaoyang Park in the central business district of Beijing, the center of the site contains two 120 meter tall skyscrapers whose exterior is designed to mimic images of rock formations.
This architecture project perfectly captures the balance between modern, city landscapes and nature, with MAD architects commenting, “The forms of the buildings echo what is found in natural landscapes, and reintroduces nature to the urban realm.”
6. Wuhan Greenland Center, Wuhan, China
Designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architects, this 636 meter tall, 125 storey skyscraper is expected to become the tallest building in China. The Wuhan Greenland Center will house offices, apartments and a luxury 5-star hotel. The tower uses a triangular floor plan that gently narrows at increasing heights and ends with a domes top, to provide extra stability that protects against intense winds.
7. The Museum of the Human Body, Montpellier, France
The Museum of the Human Body is designed by Danish architecture firm BIG and is situated in Montpellier, France. The site is 7,800 meters squared comprising eight curved interlocking buildings across one level. The roofs of the buildings will curve up from the ground in different directions, creating accessible elevated viewing areas of the surrounding city.
The museum explores the human body from both an artistic and scientific point of view and will include interactive exhibitions, performances and workshop spaces.
8. Seoul Skygarden, Seoul, South Korea
Dutch architects MVRDV designed the Seoul Skygarden, which will be used as a modern public parkland. The project will feature over 250 different species of trees, flowers and plants across a 938 meter long section of an abandoned elevated highway that was originally built in the 1970s. The Skygarden will also house a series of cafes, street markets, libraries and greenhouses.
It has been designed to build on the city’s desire to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly, and is hoped that it will inspire residents to adopt this mentality.
9. King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art, Amman, Jordan
Zaha Hadid Architects designed The King Abdullah II House of Culture and Art In Amman, Jordan. This performing arts center was inspired by the ancient city of Petra and comprises 32,371 meters squared space including a 1600-seat concert theater, 400-seat theater, educational center, rehearsal rooms, and galleries.
10. Apple Park, Cupertino, CA, USA
Apple’s new $5 billion campus in California, USA will have a floor area of 260,000 m². Nicknamed the “spaceship” for its resemblance to a UFO, the ring-shaped building will accommodate 12,000 staff and was designed by Foster and Partner Architects. Employees will enjoy a huge 90,000-square-foot cafeteria, an on-site fitness center and purpose-built parkland. The building will also be naturally ventilated meaning that no air conditioning will be required for up to 70% of the year.