We have amazing news for the Architecture World and today we give you the Architectural Highlights For 2016.
Let’s start with the Tate Modern Project in London’s Bankside, which was first discussed in 2004 and will open to the public in June 2016. It offers a further 5,000 square metres of display space as well as a north-to-south pedestrian axis, and a stunning 360-degree outdoor viewing platform on its 10th floor.
Initially, the new building by Herzog & de Meuron, with its twisted form and open brickwork exterior, confused as it rose upwards. But now nearly complete, many early visitors (myself included) have been wowed by its light-filtering walls and fabulous internal spaces.
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It was confirmed in 2012 that the Design Museum in London would move from its slightly disconnected site on the river Thames at Butlers Wharf to a marginally more “on the map” location in Kensington.
Since then architect John Pawson has been making moves in the Grade II-listed building that was once the Commonwealth Institute, and had been closed since 2002. Expect new glazed walls at entrance level, while the building’s iconic parabaloid roof remains superbly intact.
Hauser & Wirth, the increasingly international and influential contemporary art gallery, now has a significant presence in Zurich, London and New York. But next up is Los Angeles where a vast new space will open in March 2016.
The site is the 19th-century Globe Flour Mills factory, which comprises seven buildings abandoned for over 40 years. The renovation, by architect Annabelle Selldorf, will comprise a 400 ft long pedestrian breezeway and one of Los Angeles’s largest outdoor public-access courtyards. Expect Selldorf’s usual skill at combining old and new.
Another Architectural Highlight For 2016 is that in a city where gazillion-foot skyscrapers are the norm, it’s the smaller projects that stand out. And the Project Space in Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue, is certainly one of those. OMA’s Dubai office is creating a fully flexible building to sit at the heart of the emirate’s newest, and most organic, art district.
With 950 square metres of space, six-metre-high walls, and internal walls that turn on pivots to create segmented interior sections, it should offer plenty of scope. Completion is due for March, to coincide with Art Dubai.
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