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2018 will see the completion of some incredible construction projects!
Here (after some considerable office debate) we've ranked the five schemes that we are most looking forward to. From urban, interactive sculptures, to world class museums, stadiums and theatres, these buildings have unique stories and are pushing innovation in construction.
5 - THE VESSEL, NEW YORK
The USD $200M centre-piece of Hudson Yards, "The Vessel" will provide unparalleled views over New York when it opens to public in 2018. The best bit? It’s interactive, so people will be able to scale the 2,500 steps once it’s finished. For those who can’t, a lift to the top will be provided.
Above: A render of The Vessel's proposed interior (image courtesy of Forbes Massie and Heatherwick Studio).
Engineering buffs will surely appreciate its geometric form and modular nature. The Vessel’s components were prefabricated in Italy and shipped to the US, ensuring quick assembly and accuracy - meaning that none of the 154 interconnecting staircases will be out of step.
4 - WHITE HART LANE STADIUM, LONDON
Whilst the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang will bring us some exciting sports venues, we’re most looking forward to the new, multi-purpose stadium at White Hart Lane in north London.
Not only will the new venue almost double the capacity of the existing stadium (from 36,000 to 61,000) and feature a retractable pitch - but the overall scheme will add 579 new homes, a 180-room hotel, additional sports and health facilities and new public spaces to the surrounding area.
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New White Hart Lane will also include the world’s first "stadium micro-brewery" with a beer delivery system pouring up to 10,000 pints a minute. What's not to like?
3 - GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM, CAIRO
Above: The Grand Egyptian Museum under construction (image courtesy of Hill International). Below: The proposed museum entrance (image courtesy of Heneghan Peng Architect s).
First proposed in 2003, the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza plateau in Cairo has had a long road to completion, hampered by political unrest in the country.
The 5.2M square-foot museum will house the "largest archaeological exhibition in the world" and a first-class antiquities conservation centre. Due to it's proximity to the ancient pyramids (just 1.2 miles away), the museum is partially submerged in the ground, preserving uninterrupted views of the ancient monuments.
2 - TAIPEI PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (TPAC), TAIPEI
This complex project involves three "floating theatres" (two of which can be combined into a "super-theatre" with a 100 metre stage), a street market and a public path that takes visitors inside the building, offering glimpses of performances before culminating on a roof terrace.
The iconic building - clad in steel and corrugated glass panels and set to open in 2018 - is one of many large-scale cultural projects currently under construction in Taiwan.
1 - V&A, DUNDEE
Scheduled to open in summer 2018, V&A Dundee is a new cultural facility that aims to reinvigorate the city’s waterfront and the first significant museum dedicated to design in Scotland.
The building's unique form presented complex construction challenges. According to Mike Galloway, Dundee’s city development director, the complex building "wouldn’t have been possible to engineer" a decade ago.
A note on Crossrail: We're looking forward to seeing the central section of London's Crossrail Programme complete in December 2018 as much as any of these buildings, but as it’s not a singular structure, we left it off this list. Don't miss our interview with the Programme's CEO, Andrew Wolstenholme OBE here.
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