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Architecture at its visionary best engages, exhilarates, and inspires. It possesses a quality that embodies design ingenuity, connection to place, and, above all, imagination. Audaciously sculptural or pared down and pristine, today’s great feats of architectural ingenuity are pushing the field in bold new directions. To survey the scene, Design Contract spotlights some cutting-edge architecture projects from all over the world.
Hailed as the most important structure of its time when it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums and continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting.
The design of the ArtScience Museum, in Singapore, is composed of two principle parts. The base, which is embedded in the earth and surrounded by the Bay’s water and a giant lily pond, and a flower-like structure made of 10 petals, generated by the geometry of spheroids of varying radii that seemingly floats above the landscaped pond base. The petals, or fingers as some refer to them, rise towards the sky with varying heights, each crowned by a skylight which draws in daylight penetrating the base and illuminating the galleries within – a project by Safdie Architects.
Excavation work began for “Burj Khalifa” in January 2004 and over the ensuing years to its completion, the building passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen. In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world.
200 meters high (40 stories). 3rd tallest building in Turkey and the tallest buildings in Turkey outside Istanbul city. This twin “Folkart Towers” Izmir project is a 150 million dollar investment. 27.000 m2 area of land including shopping centres, sports complexes, offices and luxury residences.
In August 2008, LEESER Architecture won the bid to design the new luxury Heliz Hotel in the Zayed Bay District of Abu Dhabi. The central focus is a helical floor surface that surrounds an undulating void, with the public functions of the hotel occurring at each level. A continuous route from bottom to top unifies the floors and provides a seamless experience for the hotel guest and visitor.
“The Kelpies” are 30-metre high horse head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013. The sculptures form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project. The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.
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