TOP-12 high-profile architectural projects of the year

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Top 12 high-profile architectural projects of the year

Wave unabated museum boom has brought a lot of striking objects. The library boom is not inferior to the museum boom. The buildings of book depositories are not only stately palaces with columns, but also examples of ultra-modern architecture. Renzo Piano has completed his first project in Spain, and a skyscraper in New York will be built by a Moscow architectural bureau. We recall these and other projects that attracted attention in the past year.

Louvre branch in Abu Dhabi

Migration of collections of the largest museums is a recent trend. Louvre branch , opened in Abu Dhabi as part of an ambitious project on Saadiyat Island, implemented by star architect Jean Nouvel … The first outpost of the Parisian temple of the arts outside France, as expected, impressed with its magnificence: the volume, covered with a double perforated dome, made up of 7,850 stars. Glare from the sun played on the white floor of the museum surrounded by water.

Photo: Marc Domage, Roland Halbe, Kamran Jebreili

Photo: Marc Domage, Roland Halbe, Kamran Jebreili

Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakesh

The first museum in Africa dedicated to the history of fashion serves to perpetuate the memory of the legendary couturier. The palace with an elegant terracotta facade and pattern, which Yves Saint Laurent loved to use in his works, opened its doors in Marrakech near the garden laid out by the artist Jacques Majorelle . The authors of the building are architects of the bureau Studio KO . Set designer and decorator Christophe Martin will create the interior using traditional Moroccan materials.

Photo: Nicolas Mathéus

Photo: Nicolas Mathéus

Photo: Nicolas Mathéus

Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town

Johan Zeitz , German philanthropist and collector, former CEO of PUMA , adapted a grain elevator in Cape Town for an art museum. Heatherwick Studio Teamcarved out huge sections from the tubular interior of the former silos and deployed eighty gallery spaces there. Faceted convex windows are inserted into the openings, creating the visual effect of a kaleidoscope and making the stay in the museum even more fantastic. Thomas Heatherwick was known as a real newsmaker in the past year. The romantic architect was constantly talked about – either in connection with the pedestrian garden bridge over the Thames, or in connection with the landscaped floating pier along the Hudson in New York with a budget of $ 250 million. Both projects were frozen.

Courtesy Heatherwick Studio

Courtesy Heatherwick Studio

Courtesy Heatherwick Studio

Centro Botín

Pritzker laureate Renzo Piano realized his first object in Spain, and, of course, this is a museum, or rather the building of a foundation founded by the Botin family of bankers. Located on the embankment of the Santander Bay, an arts center with a total area of ​​10,285 sq. m “soars” above the ground and consists of two D-shaped blocks connected by podiums and metal stairs that look like ship ladders.

Photo: Belén de Benito, Gerardo Vela

Photo: Belén de Benito, Gerardo Vela

Tianjin Public Library

Dutch firm MVRDV implemented a public library project in Tianjin, China's third largest city. The futuristic interior of the five-story building focuses around a spherical hall with an eyeball-like center. The flowing line of terraces of bookshelves and reading spaces echoes its outline. The library in Tianjin has become an example of the rapid implementation of an idea: it took only three years from the first sketch to the opening ceremony.

Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode

Apple Park Campus

In 2009 Steve Jobs invited the architect Foster : “Norman, I need help.” He almost immediately began designing a giant ring-shaped office complex in the town of Cupertino, 75 km from San Francisco. This is where the Apple founder planned Campus 2 – the heart of his company. The customer, alas, did not live up to the moment when finally the structure resembling a landing flying saucer was put into operation.

Courtesy Foster + Partners

Courtesy Foster + Partners

Pritzker Prize

The Architectural Nobel, the most prestigious award for achievement in architecture, has been presented for the thirty-ninth time. Its laureate was in 2017 the Spanish bureau RCR Arquitectes , founded in 1988 by Catalan architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pige and Ramon Vilalta. Other notable works by the firm include the Bodegas Bell-Lloc winery in Girona.

Bodegas Bell-Lloc winery building in Girona
Photo: Hisao Suzuki

Bodegas Bell-Lloc winery building in Girona
Photo: Hisao Suzuki

Award Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The German-American Architect Prize is the most prestigious award for the best building in Europe in the last two of the year. It is presented in Barcelona, ​​in the German pavilion, the famous creation of Mies van de Rohe. In 2017, two Dutch bureaus became laureates – NL Architects and XVW Architectuur … The architects literally saved from demolition a dilapidated 1960s building on the southeastern outskirts of Amsterdam, turning it into a residential complex deFlat Kleiburg.

Photo: Marcel van der Brug

Photo: Marcel van der Brug

Sterling Prize

Sterling Prize , awarded for the twenty-second time by the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA , this year the bureau was awarded dRMM for a project to renovate a pier at Hastings on the south coast of England. The restoration of the 1871 site was funded by the local community.

Photo: Alex de Rijke, James Robertshaw

Photo: Alex de Rijke, James Robertshaw

David Adjaye becomes a knight

Great Britain still maintains the institution of chivalry. The head of the Order of the British Empire, Queen Elizabeth II, annually appoints knights, choosing from personalities who have made a special contribution to the development of British society. In 2017, the title of knight-bachelor received a fifty-year-old native of Tanzania, architect David Adjaye , who, by the way, is the author of the Skolkovo business school in Moscow. In November, the team led by David Adjaye (which also included Ron Arad and Katherine Gustafson) won an international architectural competition for the design of the National Holocaust Memorial in London, beating Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid Architects and others in a creative competition./span>

Courtesy Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects

Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects

Park “ Zaryadye “in Moscow

The most controversial event and the most discussed project in Moscow was the relief Zaryadye Park … The budget of the facility put into operation with major imperfections amounted to 27 billion rubles. The author was the American bureau Diller Scofidio + Renfro who won an architectural competition in 2013. Now typical Russian natural landscapes – coniferous and mixed forests, flooded meadows, steppes and tundra – are laid out in the historic district of the capital near the Kremlin walls. There is a bridge over the water that has no supports and no supporting structures.

Photo: Mikhail Kolobaev

Photo: Mikhail Kolobaev

Photo: Mikhail Kolobaev

262 Fifth Avenue skyscraper in New York

Russian architectural bureau Meganom , headed by the architect Yuri Grigoryan, was the author of the super-thin skyscraper project, which will be implemented in New York in Manhattan. Dubbed 262 Fifth Avenue , the supertoll will soar 305 meters into the sky in the so-called NoMad quarter near Madison Square Park. The tower will be crowned with a rectangular “crown”, which will also serve as an observation deck.

Photo: DBOX

Photo: DBOX

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