With the year ending, nothing better than looking at the moments that marked us in its course. In the world of architecture, there were several building ideas that surprised and amazed us with the genius of talented top architects. These architectural projects will be considered references in the world of design, as they transform the lives of the cities and the cultures where they are.
Travel with us through the world with the best building ideas of 2017.
MahaNakhon is an ambitious complex of contemporary architecture and urbanism in Thailand and the tallest building in Bangkok with a fantastical light show display.
The architectural project began as a design by Ole Scheeren for local firm Pace Development and was completed by his own firm following his departure from OMA in 2010.
An unusual project of architecture took shape in the California desert. The inspiration for this house in a desert zone near Joshua Tree National Park, in San Bernardino County, California, was an unbuilt office project designed years before by the London architecture studio of James Whitaker.
Beijing studio MAD was responsible for the architecture design of the opera house in the Chinese city of Harbin. The building shape features an undulating form that wraps two concert halls, a huge public plaza, and the surrounding wetland landscape along Harbin’s Songhua River.
Steyn Studio, UK architects, designed the architecture plan for Bosjes Chapel, set within a vineyard in South Africa, in the charming Witzenberg district. The surface of the cast-concrete roof rises and falls to create a sinuous outline around all four facades.
Tianjin Binhai Library in China by MVRDVA translucent spherical auditorium was the starting point for the impressive architectural design of Tianjin Binhai library in China. The project signed by the Danish architecture office MVRDV has a capacity of 1.2 million books and calls not only for 33,200 m² but also for organic lines, pure white and the unique format.
In 2013, it was stated that British firm’s Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners would cooperate on the Bund Finance Center design project. The 420,000 square meter construction incorporates two 180-meter-high landmark towers and blends premium offices with a boutique hotel, and art and cultural center.
After ten years of collaboration between France and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi opens this week to the public. Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by the sea, it comprises twenty-three galleries and permanent exhibition spaces, a Children’s Museum, an auditorium and a research center are connected by promenades that lie under the iconic dome of the building.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), inaugurating on 22 September 2017 at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront was revealed. It will be the world’s biggest museum devoted to contemporary art from Africa and is designed by globally acclaimed top interior designers Heatherwick Studio, based in London.
Malan Vorster has designed a modern tree house design project where four round columns are elevated on posts to conceive this resort in Cape Town, which was created to allow views among the trees.