The world’s first “upcycled” skyscraper won World Building of the Year in the last year of architecture, and Burkina Faso-born Francis Kéré became the first African architect to win the coveted Pritzker Prize.
In addition, it was a year in which we lost industry titans like Ricardo Bofill and Meinhard von Gerkan and gained long-awaited new landmarks like the Steinway Tower in New York and the Taipei Performing Arts Center.
The effects of Covid-19’s delays on construction projects, which typically take years to complete, are still being felt. However, whether it’s the world’s second-tallest tower or an Abu Dhabi interfaith religious complex, 2023 promises to be a year of remarkable new openings.
Nine of the architectural projects that will change the world in 2023 are as follows:
Jerusalem, Israel, National Library of Israel
The National Library of Israel and its extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and photographs are moving to a brand-new building next to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, after outgrowing their previous location.
The phrase “Houses That Can Save the World” The building’s distinctive upper volume resembles a huge block of carved rock. Local limestone was mixed into the cement as a nod to Jerusalem’s historic color palette. These homes are a blueprint for a greener future. Inside, offices including an amphitheater, a young community and different display spaces, are designed around the 50,500-square-foot understanding lobby.
From the soaring circular skylight to the ground-level display cases that make items from the library’s collection visible to passersby, the design by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron aims to reflect the institution’s values of openness and accessibility.
Copenhagen, Denmark, Nord
Copenhagen has been chosen by UNESCO to be the World Capital of Architecture in 2023, and the Danish capital is full of sustainable design examples.
The ongoing transformation of the once-industrial Nordhavn (or Northern Harbor) into a pedestrian-friendly “smart” district with green energy sources and a “super bikeway” connection to the city center is the most important of these. In recent years, vacant grain and cement silos have been converted into office and apartment buildings, and in 2013, UN City, a vast campus for the United Nations, opened there.
The most recent addition to the neighborhood by Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen, Nord, is a good example of the change that is taking place. With a redbrick exterior that distinctions to the site’s modern past, sizable public nurseries and a roof patio, the 115-home improvement guarantees inhabitants an “island desert spring” with simple admittance to the region’s developing assortment of eateries and public spaces.
Argentine city of San Salvador de Jujuy’s Lola Mora Cultural Center
Although the late Argentine architect César Pelli is most well-known for iconic skyscrapers like the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the World Financial Center in New York, his company’s first new project in South America since 2018 is a much more modest endeavor.
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The Lola Mora Cultural Center is dedicated to its namesake sculptor, one of the pioneering female artists of the early 20th century, and is situated in a forest with views of the city of San Salvador de Jujuy in northwest Argentina. The institution will house an interpretation center, restaurant, library, and atelier for visiting artists in addition to a selection of her works.
The structure, whose structure was roused by a stone carver’s etch, is depicted by draftsmen Pelli Clarke and Accomplices as being “net-zero energy,” however it might go even further: The center is anticipated to produce 20% more energy than it consumes by utilizing on-site wind turbines and solar energy production.
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abrahamic Family House
Although Muslims make up nearly 80% of the population in the United Arab Emirates, the three Abrahamic religions—Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—are treated equally at Abu Dhabi’s new interfaith complex. Possessing three indistinguishably measured cubic structures on a “common” guest structure, the undertaking’s mosque, gathering place and church stand as one.
Even though each of the three main buildings has a different orientation on the site, the Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye’s firm, Adjaye Associates, said it looked to the commonalities between the faiths in its designs.
In addition to providing places of worship, the complex aims to promote cultural exchange and dialogue. Keeping that in mind, a fourth space — an instructive focus — will be some place “for all individuals of generosity to meet up as one,” the engineers said.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Merdeka 118
Merdeka 118, which rises more than 2,227 feet above Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is now the second-tallest building in the world, trailing only Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Additionally, it is one of only four worldwide “mega tall” skyscrapers, which are towers taller than 1,969 feet (600 meters).
How to construct a supertall: Ismail Sabri, the then-prime minister at the time, compared the design of the world’s tallest building to the image of former leader Tunku Abdul Rahman raising his hand in the air when he announced the country’s independence in 1957 at the nearby Stadium Merdeka. In contrast, the triangular glass planes on the building’s facade, according to Fender Katsalidis, an Australian architecture firm, were inspired by patterns found in Malaysian arts and crafts.
The building—along with the sprawling mall at its base—promises approximately 1 million square feet of retail space, offices, a hotel, a 1,000-seat theater, and Southeast Asia’s highest observation deck.