The state-of-the-art technologies makes architecture become the art of making full use of available resources to create cut off from reality spaces. If some of them are difficult to reach, then others are build exactly for opposite purposes. Meet seven public buildings that you should include in your must-see list.
Taipei Performing Arts Centre, designed by OMA office
The design of the future theater complex was unveiled by Rem Koolhaas as early as 2009, but it will open its doors only this year. The exterior of the building will be encased in aluminum, and the central cube facade will be covered with corrugated glass. The Performing Arts Center in the capital city of Taiwan will include one 1 500-seat showroom and two 800-seat showrooms, one of them being placed in a huge sphere.
Amager Resource Centre, designed by BJARKE INGELS GROUP office
Danish BJARKE INGELS GROUP architects want to change public perceptions about public service buildings and transformed a Copenhagen power plant into a real tourist attraction. Initially perceived as a futuristic challenge, the project is endowed with a smoke-ring-blowing chimney and a 31 thousand sqm ski slope that will run right from the roof of the building.
V & A Museum, Dundee, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates office
The first design museum in Scotland was designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Its outer appearance speaks about the destination of the building. The angular shape of the building and the facade covered with horizontal concrete strips bring the beauty of the Scottish rocks into a contemporary building. The museum can also proudly boast a side of the building that extends itself over the water like a ship.
The Great Egyptian Museum, designed by Heneghan Peng Architects office
Egyptians prepare us for the opening in 2018 of the largest archaeological museum in the world. Its opening was postponed for a few years, the Grand Egyptian Museum going to open its doors this year only partially. The exterior design of the building is inspired by the famous Egyptian pyramids, their triangular motif being found on the facade of the building.
Morpheus Hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects office
Morpheus was designed by architects as the first free-form exoskeleton building. The outer mesh, which covers the reinforced concrete base, not only ensures the stability of the whole structure, but gives it an unconventional look. The building has a huge hole in the middle crossed by two decks, which gives it complexity and volume, as well as authentic interior spaces.
Guardian Art Center, designed by Büro Ole Scheeren office
The Beijing Art Center resembles a Chinese puzzle that interconnects cultural spaces, combining art with up-to-date events. Built near the forbidden city and the National Art Museum of China, the Guardian Art Center is a new hybrid cultural institution that balances the tradition and the contemporary.
Christchurch Central Library, New Zealand, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
The new Central Library in Christchurch is one of the main projects in the city’s reconstruction plan, which has been virtually devastated by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The golden building that will host the library has an area of approximately 12 000 square meters. In addition to book rooms, it will have spaces for digital technologies as well as for local archives.