As the year draws to a close, we take a look back on how 2019 has affected the property and architecture world, and HEKKTA looks forward to projects on their way in the New Year, including Zaha Hadid Architects new all-timber stadium.

Gloucestershire, England is set to be the site of the world’s first all-timber stadium, as Zaha Hadid Architects’ design is given planning permission. Keen to change the town’s reputation for being known only for a “waste incinerator”, the stadium in Stroud will become a new tourist attraction, being one of the greenest stadiums on earth. Home to Forest Green Rovers Football Club, the 5,000 seater stadium is part of a new Eco Park, a green technology business park planned for junction 13 of the M5 motorway.

Jamie Fobert, architect behind the cliffside extension to the Tate St Ives, recieved a CBE in this year’s New Years Honours List, while Sadie Morgan recieved an OBE for services to design advocacy.

The world’s largest 3D-printed building has been completed in Dubai by robotic construction company Apis Cor. The office building measures at 9.5 metres high, covering 640 square metres, and it is even two stories! Keen to show that the technology could fare in tough conditions, the entire building was printed outside, on-site.

The new Governor of the Bank of England has been unveiled as Andrew Bailey, replacing Mark Carney on the 16th March 2020. Having worked under Carney as deputy for three years, he has also been named the United Nations special envoy on climate action and finance, his appointment is controversial however.

Irving Street Brewery in Sydney is under going a process of modernisation, as architecture studio Tzannes unveil some new additions to the brewery, with a new tri-generation plant that uses natural gas to produce electricity and thermal energy within an elegant mesh screen.

Irving Street Brewery - HEKKTA - Timber stadium

Irving Street Brewery – HEKKTA – Timber stadium

Letting agents are predicting continued rises in rent prices for next year, with 84% believing the only way is up in the rental sector in 2020.

Click here to take a look at the most viewed mansions in 2019.

Goldman Sachs have released a damning report on climate change and the effect that rising sea levels will have on the world’s cities. With cities being at the frontline of the climate change battle, sea-side cities are more vulnerable than ever to frequent storms, higher temperatures and rising seas, with “40% of the population living within 100 kilometers of a coast, and one in 10 people living in areas less than 10 meters above sea level”.

Crisis cities have been pointed out noting New York, Lagos, Miami, Florida, Alexandria, Dhaka and Shanghai.

An Islamic cultural centre has been designed for the Italian town of Piedmont. The project, designed by Wafai Architecture and Fragomeli+partners, features a mosque and a center for cultural and social activities, a space that promotes constructive dialogues.

Italian architecture studio Iosa Ghini Associati and Russian firm Mosproekt-3 have created an urban mecca of colour on the outskirts of Moscow, with 47 brightly coloured high rise residential blocks. Keen to counter the usual ‘monotony’ of such sites, the colours are an attack on the senses, with green space galore and communal outdoor play spaces in the courtyard.

Muscovite neighbourhood - HEKKTA - ZHA Timber Stadium

Muscovite neighbourhood – HEKKTA – ZHA Timber Stadium

Rightmove has predicted a rise in house prices by 2% in 2020, with the clear Conservative victory and a Brexit culmination paving way for a period of higher confidence going into the New Year.

Newham in east London has been revealed as the area with the steepest rise in house prices this century, jumping an astronomical 429%, as Newry in Northern Ireland reports the lowest.

Chiza Architecture Bureau design a stunning new multi-function building for Baku, Azerbaijan, situated next the Heydar Aliyev Center and Baku Congress Hall. The new hall will play host to a variety of different events, concerts, meetings, exhibitions and cultural events occurring in the capital.

The average UK property grew by £12 a day in 2019, according to Zoopla. Some parts of the country saw their property increase in value by a huge £40 a day, whilst other areas affected by stuttering house prices saw their property lose £20 in value as each day passed.

A new $3bn project have been unveiled in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, with Revery Architecture designing a new development of 11 quirky residential towers for the indigenous Squamish First Nation. The incredible towers are a forest of greenery, with plants and foliage hanging off each tower, with amazing mezzanines hanging over. The project will be Canada’s largest development on First Nations land and the Squamish Nation councillor called it, “a landmark moment in our Nation’s history.”

Squamish Nation - HEKKTA - ZHA Timber Stadium

Squamish Nation – HEKKTA – ZHA Timber Stadium