16.01.19

The impossible architecture of 2019

Written By James Pickford
2 mins read

From a desert rose to an Escher-inspired monument and an underwater restaurant – this is my pick of the projects that will be grabbing the headlines in the coming year.

Image by Iwan Baan
Image by Iwan Baan

National Museum of Qatar – Doha, Qatar

Designed by Jean Nouvel – well known for his dramatic projects and perhaps his Pritzker win in 2008. This is the second project he has completed in the UAE, alongside the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

The design was inspired by a local crystal formation called 'the desert rose' and is made up of rings of low-lying and linked pavilions, which encircle a large courtyard area and existing palace. The result is a beautifully complex building that remains so delicate. It’s extremely unique. Construction is nearing completion and they expect to open in April.

Image by Forbes Massie
Image by Forbes Massie

Vessel – Manhattan, New York

Vessel is a public monument designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick and due to be completed in the Spring. Its design has divided opinions but you can bet that it will dominate instagram feeds once fully opened. Heatherwick’s inspiration came from MC Escher’s Dutch Endless Stair and will allow visitors to better see public realm and new developments that’re rising around the West Side.

Image by MIR
Image by MIR

Under – Norway 

This last project is in many ways my favourite of the bunch. Snøhetta have created a design straight out of science fiction. The underwater restaurant appears to have slipped down the rocky shoreline and arrived at its resting position in a small Norwegian town. Once completed in April guests will be treated to a unique dining experience. Reservations are being accepted now...

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