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AFTER an intense editorial meeting, we have selected our favourite construction projects that completed this past year. If you disagree, nominate your favourites in the comments below or on our social media channels!
Singapore's Marina One is more than just a large development. The mixed-use scheme features a tropical garden that creates an "internal micro-climate" to reduce energy consumption.
The complex comprises two 34-storey residential skyscrapers and two 30-storey office towers. Between them, sits an organically shaped, publically accessible terraced courtyard that is larger than any public plaza in central Singapore.
The world’s largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) building was completed in east London this year.
"Dalston Lane" successfully demonstrates the advantages of using CLT and underlines a growing trend in large scale timber construction.
4,500 cubic metres of sustainably grown Austrian timber were used to build 121 homes on the Hackney site, in a building that is 30% lighter than an equivalent steel or concrete structure. The project took just 111 deliveries of timber - a significant reduction as compared to an equivalent-sized concrete building, which would have required some 700 deliveries just to construct its frame.
In the age of flat screen TVs and pause buttons, sports venues have to work harder than ever to lure spectators.
This year, it was Atlanta’s turn: it built a new, USD $1.6BN multi-purpose stadium, featuring a pinwheel-like retractable roof and demolished the old Georgia Dome. Thankfully, there was no need to construct new parking or transport facilities: the new stadium was built right next to the old one!
It's impossible to overstate the symbolic significance of the first skyscraper in two generations to be completed in Paris.
More tall buildings are now in the pipeline, both in Paris and the La Defense business district.
An ambitious renovation and extension of the city’s metro network is also underway, and the 2024 Olympics are due to take place in the French capital -
by which time even one of its most disliked landmarks will get a complete makeover.
The incredible "LEGO House" in Denmark is the result of a great cultural fit between a client and their architect. Danish toy block manufacturer LEGO commissioned the ever-playful BIG to design their new showcase building in the town of Billund, with construction works completing in 2017.
Designed to appeal to children big and small, the building is shaped like a giant stack of LEGO bricks with colourful roof terraces outside and interactive exhibits within.
The new Queensferry Crossing is Scotland’s "largest infrastructure project for a generation" and the third bridge to span the 1.7mile wide Firth of Forth.
Although the project finished six months later than planned, it did come in £245M under budget at £1.35BN.
The structure will replace the Forth Road bridge which has been structurally weakened by decades of exposure to extreme weather conditions and growing capacity. Together with the iconic Forth Rail bridge, the three structures now stand side-by-side, bearing witness to engineering innovations spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Bloomberg’s glitzy European headquarters were completed in London earlier in 2017.
At a reported cost of £1BN it may well be too opulent for some, but the building’s green credentials are second to none. Natural ventilation, passive solar
shading and water conservation mean that the Foster + Partners-designed project has achieved a BREEAM score of “Outstanding”.
New York’s super skinny skyscrapers continue to push the boundaries of engineering and design.
56 Leonard Street is no exception. Starting off as a conventional tower, it quickly dissolves into a Jenga-like arrangement of cantilevering blocks towards its summit - a stunning feat of engineering and construction.
Whilst architect Herzog and de Meuron designed a variation of this in Beirut, their addition of this slender spire to New York’s iconic skyline cannot be overlooked.
Designer extraordinaire and principal of Heatherwick Studio Thomas Heatherwick is a divisive figure nowadays, but the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town gets a thumbs-up for its impressive atrium that lures visitors inside.
Located in an former grain silo (which was once the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa), the museum was literally “carved” from the existing structure.
In total 73% of the original silo bins have been demolished and some 50 % of the original grain elevator building has been removed.
Eight years in the making, the spectacular Louvre Abu Dhabi is hands-down our favourite construction project to complete in 2017.
Designed by Jean Nouvel and engineered by Buro Happold, the USD $650M museum consists of a village-like cluster of white pavilions jutting out into the sea underneath a vast multi-layered dome - formed from over 400,000 thousand individual elements!
The iconic dome facilitates a pleasant outdoor climate within the museum’s winding courtyard. The complex is wholly original yet humane; expertly engineered and beautifully crafted, yet subtle to behold. Easily our top construction project this year!
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