Architects are pushing design boundaries more than ever and 2016 is no exception. Here we’ve listed some amazing projects that we’ll be seeing this year.
1. Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, Germany
A 2017 opening date has finally been set for the £617 million concert hall, which has been in the construction process for almost 10 years. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the hall is being built on top of a former warehouse beside Hamburg’s Elbe River and will comprise a 2,150-seat main auditorium. The architects are also building a new 4,000 square metre plaza that will be elevated 30 metres above the ground. The public will be welcome to view the hall in November 2016.
2. Ark Encounter, USA
A biblical theme park is nearing completion in Kentucky. Just as the name would indicate, the centrepiece of the theme park will be an enormous ship, designed by architecture firm Troyer Group. Located near sister attraction the Creation Museum, the park and museum are both run by Christian fundamentalist organisation Answers in Genesis who raised over $24.5 million of the project’s entire $86 million construction cost. The ark itself is being built by Amish carpenters, with the majority of the wood coming from areas damaged by plagues of beetles or from sustainable forests. The arc will be the biggest wooden structure in the US when it opens for 40 days and 40 nights from July 7, 2016.
3. Louvre, Abu Dhabi
Set to open at the end of 2016, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. When complete the museum will house 9,200 square metres of art galleries including both permanent and temporary collections.
The project cost is reportedly nearing $650 million. Located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, the museum was designed as a seemingly floating dome structure, with its web-patterned dome allowing sunlight to stream through.
4. Zinc Mine Museum, Norway
Built within the former zinc mines in Allmannajuvet in Sauda, Ryfylke, the Zinc Mine Museum was created by Pritzker Prize laureate Peter Zumthor. Set to open towards the middle of 2016, the rustic museum has been over a decade in the making, now forming part of Norway’s National Tourist Routes. Dedicated to the mining that took place in the area from 1881 to 1899, Zumthor’s minimalist designs against the ageing mines have made for a striking project.
5. Taipei Performing Arts Centre, Taiwan
Commencing construction in 2012, renowned architecture firm OMA was announced as the winners of a two-stage international competition to design the arts centre. Led by Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, the main theatre seats 1,500 people and is located on the exterior as a large sphere while two smaller theatres are each able to seat around 800 people each.
Two of the three theatres can be combined into one super theatre with a 60-metre long stage for experimental new forms of performance. Completion is expected in 2016 with the estimated construction costs to be around 5.4 billion Taiwan dollars (€140 million).