Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World's Top New Buildings

No. 1 New York by Gehry, New York City

Frank Gehry designed the Western world’s tallest residential tower (it soars 870 feet), and gave it an undulating frame to catch and reflect the sun as it changes throughout the day.

world's top new buildings: New York by Gehry

No. 2 National Stadium,Beijing

The world’s largest steel structure—designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and known affectionately as the Bird’s Nest—premiered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
world's top new landmarks: Beijing National Stadium

No. 3 Walt Disney Concert HallLos Angeles

Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2003, Frank Gehry’s impeccably executed performance space is said to have some of the world’s best acoustics.
                                 world's top new landmarks: Walt Disney Concert Hall

No. 4 Burj KhalifaDubai

At 2,717 feet, the world’s tallest building has commanded the Dubai skyline since January 2010. It contains residences, offices, and the Armani Hotel.

world's top new landmarks: Burj Khalifa

No. 5 Turning Torso, Malmš, Sweden

Santiago Calatrava’s 2005 twisting steel structure—consisting of nine cubes that rotate 90 degrees as they rise from bottom to top—is the second highest residential building in Europe.

world's top new landmarks: Turning Torso

No. 6 Museo SoumayaMexico City

Fernando Romero’s amorphous, aluminum-clad modern art museum, opened in 2011, rises like a glistening 64,583-square-foot sculpture out of Mexico City’s Polanco district.

world's top new landmarks: Museo Soumaya

No. 7 Modern Art Museum of Fort WorthTexas

Tadao Ando’s minimalist structure, opened in 2002, features five pavilions of 40-foot glass walls framed in simple steel and surrounding a 1.5-acre reflective pond.
world's top new landmarks: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


No. 8 Institute of Contemporary ArtBoston

When it opened in 2006 overlooking Boston Harbor, this 65,000-square-foot gallery of transparent glass, translucent glass, and cool opaque steel was the city’s first new museum in 100 years.

world's top new landmarks: Institute of Contemporary Art

No. 9 Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago

Renzo Piano’s limestone, glass, and steel 2009 addition to Chicago’s Beaux-Arts landmark was built to house the museum’s modern European artworks.

world's top new buildings: Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago

No. 10 National Aquatic Center, Beijing

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, 25 world records were broken at this seven-acre, $1.6 billion glowing plastic cube, whose walls and roof contain more than 3,000 oversize air bubbles.

world's top new buildings: National Aquatic Center

No. 11 De Young Museum,San Francisco

Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron sculpted 950,000 pounds of natural copper into a form that complements the landscape of Golden Gate Park. The fine arts museum opened in 2005.

world's top new landmarks: De Young Museum

No. 12 Wembley Stadium,London

After a massive $1.3 billion reconstruction, England’s national arena with its distinctive arch reopened in 2007 as the second largest sports structure in Europe.

world's top new buildings: Wembley Stadium

No. 13 Swiss Re Building,London

Nicknamed The Gherkin, the 2004 glass-paneled, rocket-shaped office tower in London’s financial center was designed by Norman Foster using 10,000 tons of structural steel.  

world's top new buildings: Swiss Re Building, London

No. 14 MAXXIRome

The intersecting walls, confluent lines, and louvered roof beams of Zaha Hadid’s 2009 contemporary art museum, in the Flaminia neighborhood, are intended to erase boundaries and create a fluid, sinuous space.

world's top new landmarks: MAXXI


No. 15 Winspear Opera House, Dallas

The 60-foot glass façade at this two-year-old, Norman Foster–designed venue allows its 2,200 patrons to peer onto downtown Dallas.
world's top new buildings: Winspear Opera House   

No. 16 Bloch Building, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City

Architect Steven Holl’s five Modernist, frosted-glass boxes seem to shoot up from the museum’s manicured sculpture garden, drenching natural light over their underground gallery spaces.

world's top new buildings: Bloch Building, Nelson Atkins Museum

No. 17 Allianz ArenaMunich

Herzog and de Meuron’s steel and concrete arena was the crown jewel of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Today it packs in 69,000 fans for Bayern München and 1860 Munich soccer matches.

                                           world's top new landmarks: Allianz Arena        

No. 18 Neues MuseumBerlin

London-based architect David Chipperfield was careful to honor the original 1859 Neoclassical structure of this museum in central Berlin, famous for housing the bust of Nefertiti.

                                                                                   world's top new landmarks: Neues Museum             

No. 19 Museum of Islamic ArtDohaQatar

Architect I. M. Pei spent months traveling the Middle East before designing this Cubist sand-colored stone structure, opened on its own isle off the Qatar coast in 2008.

  world's top new landmarks: Museum of Islamic Art

No. 20 CCTV Building, Beijing

Thanks to Rem Koolhaas’s innovative $1.2 billion broadcast headquarters, China now airs 200 state-run channels, as opposed to just 16 before its 2009 opening.

world's top new buildings: CCTV Building

No. 21 Guthrie Theater,Minneapolis

Jean Nouvel redesigned Minnesota’s premier playhouse in 2001, turning the 275,000-square-foot, tri-space performance hall into one of the country’s top cultural spots.

                          world's top new buildings: Guthrie Theater      

No. 22 Agbar Tower, Barcelona

Barcelona’s tallest landmark often draws comparisons to London’s Swiss Re building, which opened a year earlier, in 2004. But designer Jean Nouvel insists his inspiration was Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia.

                                                                       world's top new buildings: Agbar Tower  


No. 23 Taipei 101, Taiwan

The eight stacked steel sections that shoot 1,669 feet up from Taipei’s Xin-Yi district are based on a traditional Chinese belief that the number eight is associated with prosperity and fortune.
                                  world's top new buildings: Taipei 101

No. 24 Oslo Opera House

The sleek, sharp slabs of Italian marble shaping Norway’s largest cultural space were designed by homegrown firm Snøhetta to appear as if rising straight from the Oslo Fjord.

world's top new buildings: Oslo Opera House

No. 25 Canton Tower,GuangzhouChina

Dutch architects IBA gently twisted the latticed skin of China’s tallest tower, giving it a graceful edge as it stretches 1,968 feet into the air.

world's top new buildings: Canton Tower

No. 26 Shanghai World Financial Center

When it was finished in 2008, Shanghai’s 1,614-foot-tall World Financial Center—with its distinctive aperture at the top—became the skyline’s most recognizable feature.

world's top new buildings: Shanghai World Financial Center

No. 27 Guangzhou Opera House, GuangzhouChina

When Zaha Hadid’s luminous 17-acre glass-and-granite building premiered earlier this year, it quickly became a symbol of modern China’s cultural development.

world's top new buildings: Guangzhou Opera House

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