2017 seemed to be the year of the skyscraper, but what will this year bring us? We give our top five projects we can’t wait to see finished by the end of the year and why we believe they are special…
Coal Drops Yard – Thomas Heatherwick
Finally on the of the UK’s finest architects is doing a project in the UK and we think it’s a very good one too! He is converting an old Victorian coal yard in King’s Cross into a shopping destination, running alongside the canal. Heatherwick’s provisional designs show how he has kept the essence of the coal yard’s history and certainly hasn’t just built any old mall. The materials pay homage to what the yard used to be, but the slanted roof is the stylish, modern twist that merges Victorian and current architecture (seen from the inside in the featured image). We can’t wait to visit!
Amager Resource Centre – BIG
This power plant conversion in Denmark by BIG is taking architecture in the direction HEKKTA believes it should be going. They are making a ‘clean’ plant as Ingels of BIG says,
“It’s going to be so clean that the smoke coming out of the chimney is completely non-toxic…the smoke coming out of the chimney is going to come out in the form of smoke rings so you can see how much carbon dioxide emission there is – to make the something uncountable countable.”
Aswell as being environmentally friendly, the power plant will have a snaking ski slope on the roof going from black to blue to green, with a lift that can take you straight up. Additionally, it is probably the best looking power plant we’ve ever seen! They are turning the power plant from the social outcast and the big, ugly weight on our conscience into a sustainable and multi-use building. Hopefully this is a prototype for more to come.
Leeza Soho Tower – Zaha Hadid Architects
This new skyscraper in Beijing, China will feature the world’s largest atrium which twists as it rises up the building. The building is split by two subways underneath, which is why the huge atrium is necessary. From the inside, it is truly magnificent. Most buildings are best observed from the externally from a distance, but this looks best from within. Those working inside will count themselves lucky, but anyone looking in from the outside will certainly be feeling left out. Standing at 207 metres tall, it will contain a mixture of shops and office space. Wouldn’t be the worst place to work, would it?
V&A Dundee – Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma’s brilliantly modern design of the new V&A in Dundee will become Scotland’s first design museum, right on the River Tay. Mimicing a boat, the building has curving sides and pointed edges and from first glances, the attention to detail is immediately clear and the sophistication of engineering involved with the building is equally as impressive.
Click here to watch a short video of the structure being built.
Paradise City – MVRDV
At first, we weren’t so sure about this one. Everything about it raises a few eyebrows, but more specifically the fact it’s called Paradise City and has a huge yellow spillage running down one of it’s sides. But we kind of love it too. It looks like something a 5 year old kid would come up with when a teacher asks them to draw their dream home. It is in fact an entertainment complex set to be built in Seoul ahead of the Winter Olympics in 2018. Designed by the Dutch firm MVRDV, the project is the sum of two oddly-shaped buildings facing each other with a plaza in the middle. The complex not only features a giant, gold blob on it (which will be brilliantly visible by anyone in an aeroplane arriving into the city), but it will have a retail area and also a vast nightclub.
It’s a bit of fun, and in a world dominated by doom and gloom, it’s nice to see a bit of colour!