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Top 5 Construction Projects Completing in 2019

Peter Smisek

17 December 2018

2018 was an impressive year for construction projects with the world's longest "ocean-crossing" opening in China and a number of innovative structures, such as exoskeleton skyscrapers and prefabricated whisky distilleries reaching completion. 

Selecting the key construction projects completing next year was a difficult task, but we believe we have something for everyone.

From vast airports to tree-covered shopping malls, these are our most-anticipated schemes of 2019. 

PUSKAS ARENA - BUDAPEST


Above: Construction progress on Ferenc Puskas Stadium (courtesy of WHB csoport).

Preparations for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament are in full swing - and unusually, the tournament is to be held in 11 different countries across the continent, with the final set to be played at Wembley in London.

Currently under construction, Budapest's Puskas Arena is the only venue getting a comprehensive redevelopment for the tournament.

The original venue - called Ferenc Puskas Stadium - was demolished in 2016 and is currently being rebuilt, increasing its capacity from 38,652 to 67,889 spectators. 


Above: A rendering of the new Puskas Arena in Budapest (image courtesy of KKBK).

90% of the rubble from the demolition is being used in the new concrete structure, and the USD $750 million stadium will also feature an 800-metre running track beneath the roof.

1,000 TREES - SHANGHAI

Above: A video showing the construction of 1,000 Trees (courtesy of People's Daily).

British designer Thomas Heatherwick first announced this scheme in 2015.

The 300,000 square-metre mixed-use development includes shops, offices, housing, a hotel and a school.

Above: The building provides a green oasis in the middle of the busy city (image courtesy of Heatherwick Studio).

Shaped like two mountains, the project's 1,000 structural columns widen into tree planters, creating a green oasis in the growing city, while more than 450 terraces provide communal space for the people who live, work and shop in the complex.

The scheme is part of a growing trend of incorporating plants and trees into buildings - something we covered extensively in our acclaimed "When Trees Meet Buildings" documentary, released in August 2018. 

DAXING AIRPORT - BEIJING

Above: Footage showing the construction progress on Daxing Airport (courtesy of South China Morning Post).

The second scheme designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to make our list, Beijing's Daxing International is set to become the world's largest airport when it opens in September 2019.

Once operational, the 700,000 square metre facility will handle up to 72 million passengers each year.


Above: The airport's radial layout makes it an efficient and practical transit hub (image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects).

The new airport features a radial layout that will make it easier and quicker for travellers to arrive at their gates. The vast hub will also connect to China's extensive high-speed rail network.

THE SHED - NEW YORK

Above: The Shed under construction in New York (courtesy of Associated Press).

Part of the USD $20 billion Hudson Yards redevelopment, The Shed is an experimental arts venue designed by American practice Diller Scofidio and Renfro and Rockwell Group.

Above: A render of The Shed in Hudson Yards (image courtesy of Related Companies and Oxford Properties).

Based in a four-storey podium of one of the development's skyscrapers, The Shed also features a steel and EFTE-covered shell that can be wheeled out in front of the building, extending the sheltered area for large-scale performances and artworks.

GALAXY'S EDGE - DISNEYLAND + DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS


Above: Construction progress at the Galaxy's Edge theme park in Orlando (courtesy of Attractions Magazine).

Last, but certainly not least, 2019 will see the opening of Disney's latest theme-park attractions based on the Star Wars franchise.

Disney's Imagineers are currently recreating a frontier post on Batuu, a remote, never before seen planet that nevertheless "exists" on the fringes of the Star Wars galaxy.

Above: Galaxy's Edge promises to be Disney's most immersive environment yet (image courtesy of Disney).

Bringing the galaxy far, far away nearer to Orlando and Anaheim, visitors will be able to visit these theme parks when they open their gates in 2019.

Disney promises to create the most immersive experience yet and we are looking forward to seeing the results.

Look out for our coverage of these schemes and more on The B1M in 2019! Subscribe FREE to ensure you never miss a video.

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