Awaited Buildings in 2018

The buildings we all eagerly expect to see in 2018 will feature using plenty of words like “first” and “biggest”. The first vertical forest in Asia, the biggest power plant in Copenhagen, and the first free-form exoskeleton tower are only a few examples. Eco-friendliness and greenery are common features in most of the projects, making them comply with the architectural trends of 2017/2018.

Stay tuned to explore our list of the most anticipated projects of 2018:

1) ARC Power Plant (by Bjarke Ingels Group, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

One of the many projects BIG has been busy with lately is the ARC Power Plant in Copenhagen. The plant will be an iconic building in the Nordic country, taking eco-friendliness to a whole new level. The power facility will be supplying 60,000 houses in the Danish capital with their clean-energy needs. The project features an Aluminum exterior and, just for fun, the longest roof ski-slope in the world! The slope, which is 1500 feet in length, will have special areas for rookies in addition to areas for those with great experience. By this factory, Denmark hopes to dramatically reduce carbon emission in Copenhagen.

2) Calgary Library (by Snohetta, Calgary, Canada)

Courtesy of Snohetta

The library won’t just be a cultural beacon in Calgary, it will also help connect people with public areas. The project resides amidst East Village and the city’s downtown, thus linking both places together. The attractive façade will allow the public to catch glimpses of the activities taking place inside the library. On the other hand, the upper floors will be more isolated to provide a suitable place for conventional reading.

3) Institute of Contemporary Art (by Steven Holl Architects, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

Photography: Iwan Baan

The innovative design of the institute includes multiple spaces, like an auditorium for lectures and movie screenings in addition to a gallery, a café, and a workshop space.

The institute’s design, which features irregular geometric volumes, encompasses 4 roof gardens to make use of the rainwater and insulate the building. Moreover, the architects masterfully placed skylights and windows to let natural light deeply penetrate the interiors so as to decrease electricity consumption.

4) Nanjing Green Towers (by Stefano Boeri Architetti, Nanjing, China)

Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

Nanjing Green Towers will be the first vertical forest in the whole of Asia. The project comes as a part of the solution to resolve the high levels of air pollution in the area. The towers–one of which will rise to a height of 656 feet, will comprise a school for architecture, a museum, multiple office areas, a hotel, and a club on the roof.

5) The Grand Egyptian Museum (by Heneghan Peng Architects, Giza, Egypt)

Courtesy of Heneghan Peng Architects

After a long period of delay, the Grand Egyptian Museum will finally be one of 2018 buildings. The expensive building, whose cost has escalated to one billion dollars, will be the world’s biggest archaeological museum. The triangular pattern we see in the renderings repeats itself throughout the plan to match the neighboring great pyramids.

6) Morpheus Hotel (by Zaha Hadid Architects, Cotai, Macau)

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As we have promised you earlier, from 2018 buildings, this free-form exoskeleton tower is just another world’s “first”. The high-rise, which will be residing in the City of Dreams complex in Macau, will feature an exoskeleton steel mesh for support and stability. The hotel will comprise 2 towers, which will be linked at the roof and podium levels, in addition to the grand atrium which is a 40-meter-high marvel.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

“The tower’s exposed exoskeleton reinforces the dynamism of the design. Expressive and powerful, this external structure optimizes the interior layouts and envelops the building, further defining its formal composition and establishing relationships with the new Cotai strip,” ZHA commented after the release of the project’s renderings.

7) Coral Drops Yard (by Heatherwick Studio, London, UK)

Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Coming as just a part of the Kings Cross district’s revamp, Thomas Heatherwick’s project utilizes two old warehouses and incorporates them into a new public area. The new area will include shops, restaurants, and cafes.

“Over a two-year restoration and build process, Londoners will see the existing Victorian buildings – the East and West Coal Drops and Wharf Road Arches – refurbished and re-purposed in a way that creates a stunning new upper level and improves connectivity, whilst allowing the original forms and functions to be read,” Heatherwick Studio commented.

8) World One (by Pei Cobb, Mumbai, India)

Courtesy of Pei Cobb

Coming with a price tag of 321 million dollars, World One will be the world’s tallest residential high-rise. It will contain 117 floors which will house 290 residential units, a gymnasium, a spa, a swimming pool, and areas for playing cricket. The great fashion designer Giorgio Armani will be designing the lavish interiors of the tower.

9) Leeza Soho Tower (by Zaha Hadid Architects, Beijing, China)

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Leeza Soho Tower will comprise the tallest atrium in the world, consequently beating Burj Al Arab’s atrium in Dubai. The 207-meter-high tower which resides in Lize Financial Business District will serve as a multi-purpose office building.

“As the tower rises, the diagonal axis through the site—defined by the subway tunnel—is re-aligned by ‘twisting’ the atrium 45 degrees to orientate the atrium’s higher floors with the historic north-south/east-west axes on which the Chinese capital was founded,” explained Zaha Hadid Architects.


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