This year, some of the most forward-thinking and innovative designs across the globe are due for completion, pushing the boundaries of modern architecture to the limit. From dynamic, multi-faceted cultural centres to dramatically angled hotel towers (leaning at 15 degrees to the leaning tower in Pisa’s 3.97 degrees) and the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, 2011 is shaping up to be the year when high end architecture met the world of modern sculpture head on.
This said, there is also Renzo Piano’s sensitive glass extension to the red-brick Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the traditional yet unashamedly luxurious Park Hyatt Saadiyat Island Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi courtesy of Perkins Eastman to look forward to.
Also on the cards are new concept designs for the Guggenheim Museum in Finland and Snohetta’s commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Raphael Vinoly’s highly-debated New Domino scheme is set to burst into life in 2011, alongside Hollwichkushner’s senior housing project in Cote d' Ivorie and Zaha Hadid’s Middle East Centre in Oxford, UK.
Here are a few upcoming projects you may wish to keep an eye on:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Snohetta – design concepts
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Renzo Piano
Barnes Foundation Tod Williams & Billie Tsien
Spaceport America Fosters
Park Hyatt Island Resort Perkins Eastman
Spiegel Headquarters Henning Larsen Architects
Bella Sky Hotel 3XN
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Safdie Architects and BNIM Architects
Elbphilarmonie Herzog & de Meuron
Singapore Civic and Cultural Center Aedas
Museum of Conflict Metropolitan Workshop
James A. Michener Art MuseumKieran Timberlake Architects
Flinders Medical Centre Woodhead
Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts minusplus architects
Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park Zaha Hadid
Grangegorman Masterplan Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
Book Mountain MVRDV
Fundación/Colección Jumex David Chipperfield Architects
Mandarin Oriental Hotel HOK