Results of the year: top 10 best architectural projects 2019


A selection of the most high-profile architectural premieres and projects of the outgoing year from the ELLE DECORATION editors

a new airport designed by Zaha Hadid in Beijing

The new Daxing International Airport has opened in Beijing – one of the most anticipated architectural premieres of 2019! Designed by Zaha Hadid, it is located 46 km south of Beijing. Its construction lasted five years and cost 80 billion yuan ($ 11.7 billion). The launch was planned on September 30, but the official opening took place five days ahead of schedule and on September 25 the new air harbor accepted the first flights. Read more about this project in our dedicated article.

Thomas Heatherwick's Escher Tower in New York

A new “instagram” place has appeared in New York: the Vessel tower has opened to the public in the Hudson Yards quarter. The unusual 150-foot (45.7 m) tapering structure was designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick and consists of 154 intersecting staircases and 80 flights of stairs connected in a honeycomb pattern. Outside, it is somewhat reminiscent of a vase – hence its popular name Vessel (English “vessel”). You can take a closer look at it in our material here.

a new museum designed by Bernard Chumi in China

A museum was built in China, resembling a factory. The Exploratorium Museum is located in Tianjin and is part of a new cultural cluster in the Binhai District, which also includes a public library under the MVRDV project. The building measures 33,000 square meters and was designed by renowned New York studio Bernard Tschumi Architects, led by architect Bernard Tschumi, who gave the complex a factory-like feel to emphasize its connection to the industrial past of this factory and port city.

565 Broome Soho residential complex in Manhattan by Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano has completed work on a 30-story condominium project in New York. The 565 Broome Soho complex consists of two twin towers and houses 115 residences, ranging from small studios to spacious four-bedroom apartments. The glass facade envelops the building, providing a wonderful view of the city from the inside and ample natural light. The interiors were designed by the Parisian studio Rena Dumas. Learn more about this project here.

Home for pandas at Copenhagen Zoo by BIG

< p>Danish studio BIG, led by architect Bjarke Ingels, has completed work on a sensational project for the construction of a panda park – a spacious “manor” for two giant pandas brought from the Chinese city of Chengdu. Panda House is located in Copenhagen Zoo and is a spacious round-shaped area with a landscaped park and aviaries, surrounded by a high fence. The project was implemented by BIG in collaboration with Schønherr Landscape Architects, the MOE engineering company and a group of zoological scientists. Read more about it in our dedicated article.

Le Stella complex designed by Jean-Pierre Lotta in Monaco

Architect Jean-Pierre Lott has completed the Le Stella multifunctional complex in Monaco. Towering over the historic city center, the towers, clad in white mosaics, house offices and a school on the lower levels and apartments on the upper levels. The glossy “ribbons” shining in the sun, from which the facade is formed, create the illusion of movement. The play of light and shadow further emphasizes the curves and the changing perspective of the building depending on the angle of view.

Biological Museum and Science center in Leiden

On August 31, 2019, the new Naturalis Biological Center opened in Leiden, which is the result of a collaboration between Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. It combines the functions of a museum and a research center and stores about 42 million exhibits – this is the fifth collection in the world, housed in nine rooms. In addition, there are scientific laboratories and modern experimental equipment that allows you to carry out research work and conduct educational programs.

Norman Foster's project in Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners, an architecture firm led by Norman Foster, has completed the construction of four high-speed rail stations in Saudi Arabia. The new Al Haramain Expressway connects Mecca and Medina and is one of the largest transport projects not only in Saudi Arabia, but throughout the entire Middle East region. The length of the line is 450 km: it starts in Mecca, in the Ruseif region, four kilometers from the Al-Haram mosque, then passes through Jeddah, Jeddah airport, the economic city of King Abdullah and ends in Medina. You can take a closer look at it here.

Library in Cyprus designed by Jean Nouvel

A new Stelios Ioannou Learning Resource Center, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, opened this year at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia. From the outside, the building resembles a green hill, towering among the Cypriot sun-scorched fields. Inside, the main role inside the building is assigned to an impressive 12 thousand square meters library and its storage, which has 620 thousand publications. 900 workplaces are organized around a circular atrium, in the center of which there is a white column resting with its “spire” against the majestic dome. Read the full material about this project here.

Art Center in China by Neri & amp; Hu

In the city of Qinhuangdao, one of the main tourist centers of China, a new art center has appeared, the project of which was developed by the studio Neri & amp; Hu. The facades and interiors of Aranya Art Center are built of concrete, thanks to which the building resembles, according to the designers themselves, “a block of stone, inscribed in the surrounding landscape.”

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