Today, I’m going to talk about some architectural achievements, projects that are making the news in the world of design. They are bold, sophisticated and some of them just outrageous. I wish I could say that all projects I will mention here are going to be finished this year, but some of them are still in a embryonic stage.
We begin this showcase of projects with, as I like to call it, a future achievement. The Pingtan Art Museum, by MAD, is a fantastic project, set in a reservoir, it’s like an island with three galleries shaped like dunes, with a bridge to the mainland. I think MAD it’s the perfect name for this company. What do you think?
Mexican architect Fernando Romero has a great project completing this year – The Latin American Art Museum at Miami Beach, which will contain the most ambitious collections of Latin American art in the world. The building, with four stores high, is envisioned as a cascade of overlapping terraces, offering pleasant and interesting galleries and a series of “sculptural gardens” with the purpose to encourage who passes by to venture inside.
One of the great projects of 2016 in Beijing includes the Guardian Art Center, a new headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house, designed by Ole Scheeren’s architecture firm. It will include exhibition galleries, event spaces and a 120-room hotel.
VIA West 57th, USA, is a project finished this year, a triangle-shaped residential tower by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG. A 600-apartment block, located in New York, designed so that everyone can cycle to their front door. There is courtyard at the centre and the roof terraces will puncture it’s sloping roof.
British architect David Adjaye, in collaboration with US Studios Freelon Group and Davis Brody Bond, will finish one of most important buildings of his career, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington DC.