Ah yes. Another year done and dusted in the world of property, design & architecture; but what does 2019 have in store? We take a look at the five projects we are most excited to see completed in the new year.
Bjarke Ingels and the BIG architecture company have long been known for pushing the boundaries of design and architecture, and their new Kistefos Museum is no different. Situated just outside of Oslo, the museum crosses a river while twisting around and levelling out on the other side.
The museum “morphs from being vertical along the east facade, to horizontal at the top of the southern end of the building,” says BIG Group.
Housing the works of Anish Kapoor, Olafur Eliasson and Elmgreen & Dragset, we are excited to see how the beautiful museum turns out, set against the Nordic countryside.
Scheduled to open it’s doors in April, the Shed is one of the most anticipated projects of the year. Part of the huge Hudson Yards development in the west side of Manhattan, The Shed is really the first of it’s kind; an expandable cultural venue that can adapt to suit the needs of the performers. It can go from an small-ish, indoor event space to a huge, outdoor open air venue, doubling it’s capacity. Designed by New York studios Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and Rockwell Group, this is certainly one to visit if you ever find yourself in the Big Apple.
National Museum of Qatar
Jean Nouvel is known worldwide for his stunning projects and his vision for beautiful design, and he has brought Qatar something of a masterpiece. His sprawling creation in the capital of Doha is a stunning piece of clever architecture, with interlocking ‘desert roses’ made from steel disks, coated in glass reinforced concrete, of various dimensions.
The museum will feature an extensive dive into the small nation’s history (including its food) and will also house research facilities, laboratories, two restaurants, two shops, and a cafe.
The Shed is not the only hotly antipicated project set for 2019 in the Hudson Yard development. Heatherwick’s marvellous creation, Vessel, is also set for completion in spring and it’s sure to ruffle a few feathers. Uncharacteristically from Heatherwick, Vessel split the crowds. Some loved the design, others likened it to a wastebasket. But whatever you think of it, you cannot deny that there is nothing quite like it out there in the world today. Could Vessel become an iconic New York building? HEKKTA thinks it might well be.
We’ve left one our favourites of the bunch until last, and it’s Zaha Hadid Architects’ stunning Leeza SOHO tower in Beijing. The huge, gaping atrium in the centre of the building will become the tallest in the world once completed, and it makes for a jaw-dropping interior of the tower. The atrium was in fact by chance, as the firm had several challenging site restraints, that made the atrium the most appropriate choice.
Beautiful from the outside and awesome from the inside, the tower is also aiming for LEED Gold accreditation for sustainability with twisting floor plates, intended to allow even light to penetrate the interior spaces regardless of season or time of day.