The 22 Most Anticipated Projects

We’re looking ahead at the projects that we are most excited about as the new year begins. The designs include both commercial and cultural programs. Many of them are under construction for many years. They are a mixture of new skyscrapers, museums, landscapes and interconnected landscapes.

Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Many of the projects that are opening this year had their construction times influenced by labor and resource availability. There are projects that have progressed quickly, and they show the diversity of building conditions in the world. They reflect design and construction from a global perspective, drawn from diverse climates and materials.

Here are the projects that we are looking forward to:

Taipei Performing Arts Center, OMA

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The Taipei Performing Arts Center of OMA (TPAC), is almost complete in Taiwan. The OMA scheme consists of three theaters that operate independently of one another. It is a departure from the traditional consensus of performing art centers consisting only of a large auditorium and a medium-sized theater. This compact design allows for multiple “faces”, each one defining the central cube.

Sydney Modern by SANAA

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Tokyo-based SANAA has created a new addition for the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. The project, which is the first Australian building by the firm, will transform Sydney’s flagship art museum and connect via an outdoor public art park overlooking Sydney Harbor. The new building will be transparent, light and transparent to the Gallery’s 19th century neoclassical building.

Sao Paulo Rosewood Tower Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Jean Nouvel revealed the design for his tower project in 2016. The 22-story building is located in Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista. Rosewood Tower is part of Cidade Matarazzo. This 27,000-square-meter area contains historic buildings, including the Filomena Matarazzo Maternity Hospital. The Allard Group has restored the buildings and created a cultural center. Nouvel’s tower will be the central part of this heritage-listed area. Nouvel’s tower will be vertical continuation of the landscape and include a hotel.

Abrahamic Family House by Adjaye Associates

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Adjaye Associates has been named the winner of The Abrahamic Family House competition in Abu Dhabi. This landmark project is located on Saadiyat Island and will bring together 3 religions through the construction of a synagogue, a mosque, and a church. The project, which was commissioned by the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, is the first of its kind.

3D-Printed Homes by Bjarke Ingels Group, (BIG)

Courtesy of ICON, BIG, LENNAR

Lennar, a homebuilding company, and ICON, a construction technology company, are joining forces with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in order to create the largest 3D-printed community. In Austin, the 100-home community will be completed by 2022. It will incorporate ICON’s robotics, software and advanced materials, as well as BIG’s designs. This project is being undertaken in response to labor and material shortages that have made homeownership impossible for many American families. There are almost 5.5 million single-family homes left across the country.

Valley by MVRDV

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Valley, a landscape made up of jagged stone terraces and bay-windows that are covered with dense planting by Piet Oudolf is a great addition to Amsterdam’s Zuidas district. The 75,000m2 mixed use project was designed for EDGE Technologies. It includes apartments, shops and offices as well as a creative center. A public accessible “valley floor”, located at the podium of the building’s 5th and 4th floors, highlights the building’s podium.

Studio City by Zaha Had Architects

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The Studio City resort, inspired by Hollywood, is located in Macau’s Cotai district. It can be found near the Lotus Bridge that connects Macau with mainland China. In 2017, Zaha Hadid Architects was appointed to expand Studio City. Phase 2 includes new leisure, entertainment, and hospitality facilities. They include an indoor and outdoor water park, six-screen Cineplex, and extensive conference and exhibition space.

Nanjing Vertical Forest by Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Nanjing Vertical Forest can be found in Nanjing Pukou District. This area has been chosen to lead the modernization of Southern Jiangsu and the development the Yangtze River region. The complex’s two towers feature a series of balconies and plant containers that are inspired by Milan’s Vertical forest. 600 large trees, 200 medium-sized trees, over 2,500 shrubs, and trailing plants will be found on the facades. It covers an area of 4,500 sq. meters.

OMA’s ReefLine

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OMA and Shohei Shigematsu designed a proposal to create Miami Beach’s first artificial reef and underwater sculpture park. The project, which was developed in collaboration with Ximena Caminos (BlueLab Preservation Society), will serve as an artificial reef that protects and preserves Miami’s marine life. The design is called ReefLine and will include a snorkel trail, a public sculpture park, and an artificial reef that spans 7 miles off Miami Beach’s shoreline.

Istanbul Modern by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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The Istanbul Modern Museum is located in Istanbul’s historic Beyoglu district. It can be found on the waterfront of Bosphorus Strait’s western bank, facing Sultanahmet. The existing building, which is located between the Galata quarter’s old streets and the port cruise terminal, will be replaced by a new one. The new museum will be an urban center between the old town to its west, the Bosphorus south, Tophane Park north, and the new Galataport waterside developments to the east, which replaces the old Pier activity.

San Pellegrino Flagship Factory by Bjarke Ingels Group, (BIG & West 8)

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Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), were named the winners in a competition to design and conceptualize a new San Pellegrino headquarters and bottling facility. The project was located in the same area in northern Italy’s Alps. The competition brief asked architects to renovate and expand the historic home of the company, the world’s leading sparkling mineral water company, with a “truly innovative and technologically-advanced design” aimed at integrating into the natural aesthetic of the surrounding terrain.

Bezalel Academy by SANAA

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The opening of the new campus for SANAA’s Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem, is scheduled for 2022. The new project to build Israel’s national art school was first proposed in 2013. It was completed in 2015. The Russian Compound is Jerusalem’s City Center where the campus will be built. As the Mount Scopus Campus is being relocated, the design will allow for 2,500 students to be enrolled and 500 faculty members.

Xi’an International Football Centre designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid Architects released images of the new Xi’an International Football Centre (AFC) Asian Cup. It will have a stadium that can hold 60,000 people, as well as civic, sport, and recreational areas for the community. The Xi’an International Football Center is designed to provide optimal conditions for football and will be used by future generations.

Lanternen by Snohetta & WERK Arkitekter

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WERK and Snohetta were the winners of the competition for maritime centers on Esbjerg’s harbor, Denmark. The proposal includes a glowing new building called Lanternen, or the Lantern. It will host communal activities. The new landmark on the coast is both a maritime landmark and a living centre for the Westcoast of Denmark. The project is envisioned as a glowing lantern in a unique landscape and aims to improve the connection between the city of Copenhagen and the sea.

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts by Studio Gang

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Studio Gang’s design of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts creates a lively space for education, social interaction, and appreciation of the arts. Working from the inside out, the design–which includes both new construction and renovations–clarifies the organization of the building’s interior while also extending AMFA’s presence into historic MacArthur Park, opening the museum to the city of Little Rock.

Sundby School designed by Henning Larsen & SKALA Architects

Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen and SKALA inaugurated a landmark project to improve the country’s educational-facility architecture. It was located in Denmark’s Lolland–Falster region. This primary school will be the largest in Guldborgsund Municipality, with high sustainability parameters and community involvement. It is expected that the school will open at the end of 2022 and welcome over 580 students to its nature-orientated premises.

Hekla Tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Jean Nouvel designed the tower that rises 220-meters high in Paris’ main business district, La Defense. Since 1982, when he was second in the Ark competition, the French architect and owner of the French firm has had a 30-year-long relationship with La Defense. Hekla will have 47 floors. It includes office space, private residence units, and student accommodation.

UNStudio Books Headquarters

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The Booking.com headquarters is in Amsterdam’s city-center. It is currently being built at the Oosterdokseiland. This project is one of the largest in Western Europe. The Booking.com campus is a vibrant environment that will allow people to meet, inspire, live and work, as well as play. The Booking.com campus, the last sub-plan in Oosterdokseiland, is envisioned as a social hub that encourages encounters.

Heatherwick Studio: 1,000 Trees

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Heatherwick Studio finished the first phase in Shanghai’s 1,000 Trees Development at the end of 2021. The project, which covers 300,000 square meters, was designed to be a piece in topography. It is shaped like “two tree-covered mountaintops” and has 400 terraces and 1,000 structural columns. The megaproject is situated on Shanghai’s Moganshan Road. It is close to Shanghai’s M50 Art District. Recent images show that the project is designed to connect with the river and grow from its surroundings.

Santiago International Airport by ADPi & Luis Vidal + architects

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Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport is Chile’s important hub for connecting America, Oceania, and Europe. It is also one of the most modern and efficient in Latin America. Due to the increasing demand for flights, the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, (MOP), set up a project for the expansion of infrastructures. This includes renovation of existing terminal and construction of an international terminal, car park, and other auxiliary buildings. It also includes water treatment facilities and a power station.

Grand Egyptian Museum by Heneghan peng Architects and West 8

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In 2003, nearly 2000 entries were received from 83 countries. Heneghan Peng’s design, which is located on a desert plateau near the great Pyramids at Giza and Cairo, will house the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts. It also houses one of the biggest museums in the world at 100,000m2. The museum will have extensive gallery space, conference and library facilities, libraries, research facilities, as well as space for public programming.

Lina Ghotmeh Architecture – Hermes Workshops

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The exact location is the inspiration for these new Hermes leather workshops. The nearby nature draws them and places them at the top of the region’s altitude. Its orthogonal grid is orchestrated by its internal function, and unfolds on the land, touching the ground, and encompassing the landscape. The workshops frame is followed by the great’spanning’ arches.