After a rather eventful decade, HEKKTA looks to the year ahead to see what exciting architecture projects 2020 has in store for us, and what trends we expect will emerge within the industry.

Happy New Year!

We did it people; made it through the decade!

It might all seem like a bad dream, but the decade which saw Donald Trump elected President and Britain decide to go it alone, is over.

Whilst the political climate may not seem so positive, the architecture industry has truly flourished, with some of our most iconic structures taking shape this decade.

But just as the world changes and different issues come to the forefront of discussion, so does architecture.

We now see an environment in which industry leading figures are carrying the torch in terms of sustainability and leading a new way of creating our spaces.

A more intense focus on the carbon footprint of buildings, combined with several new regulations, will see a dramatic change in the way architects can now operate.

Ten years ago, if somebody told you that the New York Mayor would ban the use of glass and steel in skyscrapers you would’ve laughed them out the room, but it’s the rate of change and also the pressure of increasing climate crisis that we believe will produce some brilliant human ideas and excellent architecture.

So, to kick off the new decade, HEKKTA have picked out some of the projects set for completion in 2020 that we think represent the way architecture is going, and are also pretty cool.

TOKYO 2020 Olympic Stadium

It’s a busy few years in Japan regarding sport, hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup this Autumn and hosting the next Olympics games this coming year, and that means lots of stadiums.

Being Japanese himself, Kengo Kuma was the perfect fit to design the main stadium for the games, and his design did not disappoint.

Kenzo Tange’s 1964 Tokyo Olympic Stadium was demolished, placing the new stadium on the exact same site, which will give the stadium that air if history and heritage.

Following the trend of using timber due to it’s low carbon footprint, the stadium is a complex lattice of wood, combined with other materials, in a stadium unlike any that has hosted the Olympics before. Consciousness and sustainability is at the core of the design, reflecting the new way of thinking in the industry.

Let’s hope the Games can match the excitement!

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium

Pier 55/Little Island

Never to do anything of the ordinary, Thomas Heatherwick has designed a $170m floating pier filled with greenery, plonked on the Hudson River in New York. Following another trend of the use of foliage in architecture, the mushroom shaped green space functions primarily as an outdoor performance venue, with an 800 seat amphitheatre in the middle.

What a place to play a show!

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

This vast urban development is the biggest scale project MAD Architects have done to date; and it’s certainly a biggy.

Covering an area of 560,000 square metres, the ‘centre’ is a really a brand new town, with residential sections, commercial spaces, hotels and lots of office space. The most eye catching element of the new sector is the towers, which look like something plucked out of Star Trek.

MAD wanted to “restore the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature”, using more nature integrated features and a real emphasis on flow of movement through the development.


The Colombian capital of Bogota is set for a new mixed-use development scheme with the key feature being two new towers designed by Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners + The Mazzanti Team. Measuring in at 201 metres and 268 metres respectively, they will change the skies of the city and are expected to become a new heartbeat for Bogota, with 72,000 people expected to pass through each day!

111 West 57th Street

Another project to open it’s doors in 2020 is the most slender skyscraper in the world! Designed by SHoP Architects, it’s another supertall, super-skinny skyscraper to bless NYC, and now due to new regulation, it could well be one of the last.

Towering over Central Park, it stands at 1,428 feet and is the second tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.

It’s thin but tall profile allows every apartment in this building to have jaw-dropping views over Manhattan, unobstructed. We expect the apartments to go for a rather hefty fee.

This build is interesting as it could well be the last we see of it’s kind in the Big Apple.

1,000 TREES

Another one from Heatherwick Studios, this time in Shanghai.

The new 1,000 Trees project is a vast mega-project is a public events space, with office and retail space also.

Following on from Pier 55, Heatherwick is clearly set on introducing more greenery to his architecture, with this project named 1,000 Trees as it was conceived as a piece of topography that takes the shape of “two tree-covered mountains” populated by 400 terraces and 1000 structural columns.

Bee’ah Headquarters

When designing the headquarters for leading environmental management company in the UAE, you better make sure it’s sustainable!

So it’s no surprise that Zaha Hadid Architects put the environment at the heart of their design for this one.

Placed in the harsh desert, the architecture practice cleverly mimicked sand dunes in the roof design in order to optimise prevailing winds. The new HQ is a zero net energy consumption building, meaning it creates all of the energy it needs to run.

Having topped out in 2017, it is well on course to open next year.

Bee'ah HQ - 2020 Architecture

Bee’ah HQ – 2020 Architecture