7 of The World’s Most Amazing Buildings
A building should be interesting, it should stand the test of time, be a beacon of its city and become a must-visit for any tourist. Here are seven buildings that do exactly that…
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Arguably the most visually striking project on this list is the extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which will reopen to the public in Spring 2016. The work of Scandinavian architects Snøhetta, the ten-story expansion will help the museum better display its growing permanent collection in a structure as challenging and creative as the art it houses.
Stade Des Lumieres, Lyon
One for sports fans. As of 2016, French football team Olympique Lyonnais will play their home matches at the newly built Stade des Lumieres at Décines-Charpieu, around a half an hour’s drive from Lyon. The 59,500 seater will be one of the key grounds in the forthcoming European Championships, with no seats further than 15 meters from the pitch.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, California
This forward thinking creative hub, situated in a repurposed 1930s printing press, combines Berkeley’s renowned art museum with a state-of-the-art film theatre, and will be open to the public in January 2016. The striking design, which integrates the two buildings under a huge steel roof, was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and nestles confidently into the area’s vibrant art district.
Agora Garden Tower, Taiwan
Leading the way in green construction is Taipei’s Agora Garden Tower, a residential building which, once completed, will represent a perfect symbiosis of man and nature. The plant covered double helix, a marvel of design, will host fully working farms on its spiraling balconies, with a focus on renewable energies and sustainability, almost making the structure a living organism in itself.
Crescent City, Baku
One of the most ambitious projects to take shape in Europe next year will be Azerbaijan’s Crescent Complex, with a grand 33-story hotel shaped like a moon as its showpiece – far more interesting than the soulless towers springing up at rapid pace around the world. It may not be on your radar yet, but 2016 will be a perfect time to catch Baku at its most optimistic.
World Trade Center Transport Hub, New York
Designed to resemble a majestic white bird taking flight, the brand new transit hub at the World Trade Center couldn’t relay its message of peace at a more poignant place. The idea is the brainchild of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and contains a network of underground tunnels and paths which connect the subway system.
There’s nowhere better than the UAE to see where the future of construction is heading. One example currently stood half dressed in Dubai is the Pentominium tower, proposed to be the tallest residential building in the world once completed. Construction has been delayed for a number of years but it’s rumoured the luxury penthouses, each designed by fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo, will be completed in 2016.