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22 Of The Most Ingenious Buildings Of 2017

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa In South Africa

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa In South Africa

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio in London, England has created a museum for Contemporary African Art in Cape Town, South Africa. The architects have taken a grain silo and hollowing out sections which have created 42 vertical concrete tubes. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will house more than 80 galleries and be a part of the V&A Waterfront complex.

Apple Campus 2 – Cupertino, California

Apple Campus 2 – Cupertino, California

After 6 years in the working, Norman Foster’s firm revealed this amazing design for Apple’s new Cupertino campus. The architecture is design in an enormous hoop-shape and opened its doors to employees in April 2017 while still under construction. This beautiful structure is home to research and development facilities, offices, a fitness center, a cafe, and a 1,000-seat capacity auditorium. The facility was developed to increase creativity and collaboration among the staff. In 2011, it was estimated to cost $3 billion but ended out costing $5 billion.

The Lego House In Billund, Denmark

Located in the company’s hometown of Billund, the BIG’s new visitor centre for Lego is designed to resemble a stack of their famous plastic bricks. Bjarke Ingels, the studio founder, took the idea for his design from the basic two-by-four Lego bricks for its creation. The building contains areas for exhibitions, a cafe, shop, and a number of beautiful public roof gardens!

Chaoyang Park Plaza, China

Chaoyang Park Plaza, China

Over the past few years, Ma Yansong, founder of MAD, has been offering is ideas for a “Shan-Shui city”. This is an urban development spawned by forms that show the traditional Chinese landscape paintings. As of 2017, he unveiled his first example in Beijing. Chaoyang Park Plaza is a wonderful complex consisting of skyscrapers, offices, and public areas. The entire design looks like mountains, hills, and lakes!

The Alserkal Avenue, Cultural Centre in the United Arab Emirates

The Alserkal Avenue, Cultural Centre in the United Arab Emirates

Rem Koolhaas’s architectural firm has unveiled their first project in Dubai. This is an amazing cultural centre that will host huge public events, art exhibits, performances, and conferences.

The project transformed 4 warehouses with spray-on concrete exterior walls. Inside, there are 4 eight metre high movable walls that will rotate and slide to provide different levels of space configurations to fit the needs of the event.

 King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture In Saudi Arabia

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture In Saudi Arabia

Snøhetta is an international architectural and interior designing firm based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. They have studios in San Francisco, Stockholm, Innsbruck, Austria, and Singapore. Craig Edward Dykers and Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, founding partners, have approximately 150 designs in the works worldwide.

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is the largest project undertaken by Snøhetta. The center offers 100,000 square metres of cultural areas including an auditorium, library, exhibition hall, cinema, museum, and archive. The exterior consists of huge cylindrical metal-pipe forms and opened to the public in the second-half of 2017.

The Museum Of The Human Body in Montpellier, France

The Museum Of The Human Body in Montpellier, France

This 7,800 square metre structure offers 8 curbed interlocking areas with sloping roofs from the ground going in alternate directions. Some of these roofs are covered in turf while others are paved. The overall look is amazing! This is another creation of BIG, along with their Lego House.

The Guardian Art Center in Beijing, China

The Guardian Art Center in Beijing, China

Originally, this complex was estimated to open in 2016 but carried into 2017. Located between Beijing’s Forbidden City and the shopping district, it is the headquarters for China’s oldest art auction house with several galleries, areas for events, and a fabulous 120 room hotel.

The lower level comprises of small blocks which resemble the old hutong neighbourhoods. The large hollow structure known as the “floating ring” has been raised to the top. This entire complex is an amazing piece of art.

Seoul Skygarden, South Korea

Seoul Skygarden, South Korea

Inspired by New York’s High Line Elevated Park, many proposals have been put forward around the world. The first to be completed was an elevated road in Seoul and turned into a public park. This is the creation of MVRDV architects working with the Dutch design studio Studio Makkink & Bey, along with landscape designer Ben Kuipers. The overhauled, 938 metre long Seoul Station Overpass, created a pedestrian walkway with 254 species of trees, flowers, and shrubs.

 Design Society, China

Design Society, China

The V&A has a second project in the wings, the museum in Shenzhen which has been created in partnership with the China Merchants group. Designed by Fumihiko Makie, Japanese architect & Pritzker Prize winner. The Design Society is the first major design institution beating out Herzog & de Meuron Designs.

The Cotton Gin In Hutto, Texas

In order to revitalize the site at the Co-Op District in Hutto, Texas, the reuse of 2 existing cotton gin structures was purchased by the City of Hutto. The structures were taken down and rebuilt as a single open-air, 6,500 square foot public events environment. The building was wrapped in perforated stainless steel that is striking against the hot Texas sun. Amazingly, during the night hours, it offers an interesting transparency that should be seen.

The designers created a flexible space for both public and private events. This structure complements everything from the local library, farmer’s market, artisan fairs, and wedding receptions. It reflects the local environment and culture.

Victoria Gate Arcades in Leeds, UK

Victoria Gate Arcades in Leeds, UK

This expansive, shopping centre has been inspired and designed from nearby 19th-century arcades that complement each other. It is adorned with a woven, geometric patterned facade, reflecting the city’s bygone wool trade.

The Wolfson Tree Management Centre, UK

The Wolfson Tree Management Centre, UK

Constructed by local trainee carpenters, the two timber buildings were erected and adorned with local timber. The center is located at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire and a wonderful testament to originality in carpentry!

Dyson Campus Expansion in the UK

Dyson Campus Expansion in the UK

Located at the Wiltshire HQ, these 3 new buildings offer a cafe, multi-purpose sports centre, and R&D facilities. They are so beautifully constructed that the external reflective glass seems to just disappear into the landscape, becoming a natural part of the surrounding, lush landscaping.

 The Tate Modern Blavatnik Building in the UK

The Tate Modern Blavatnik Building in the UK

Often referred to as the Switch House, this is an impressive extension to the Tate Modern on London’s Bankside. The structure offers a spacious gallery that leads to a free rooftop gallery, providing an amazing panoramic view of the city. The perforated chain mail facade has set a new precedence for the use of bricks.

Dujardin Mews in the UK

Dujardin Mews in the UK

This is the first phase of Ponders End in north London that was led by the council along with social housing delivered by the local borough in over 40 years. These wonderful new homes are built in the local style of London brick and are the first step in a massive rejuvenation of Enfield.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech

In 1966, world-famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent spent a great deal of time in Marrakech. During this time, he created an amazing couture collection. Now, there is a museum completely devoted to his work. Designed and created by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier’s studio – Ko. With their years of experience designing beautifully crafted minimalist Moroccan homes, they have finally opened in the city.

Their building, set in a terracotta brick facade, represents fabric while the exquisite creamy walls of the entrance looks like fine silk. Visitors feel like they have just draped themselves in a Yves Saint Laurent designer outfit. The museum offers a complexity of venues from galleries, an auditorium, cafe, library, and bookshop.

The use of laurel, stained glass, glazed bricks, oak, marble, pearlescent tiles, and lacquered surfaces gives homage to the great designer himself.

Hastings Pier, East Sussex in the UK

Hastings Pier, East Sussex in the UK

This renovated seaside pier was initially completed in 2016 when Hastings-born lead singer of Madness, Suggs, placed down the last piece of the decking. This festive structure won the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize which is the architect’s equivalent to the Turn Prize. Alex de Rijkke and Sadie Morgan’s firm, dRMM, not only provided their expertise as designers but also worked with the local initiative which was led by the Hasting Piers Society. They all agreed to bring a wonderful new look to the battered and burned Victorian structure, which was often the fate of many seaside piers. This structure now dons a brand new look with modern pavilions and is embraced by all. 516

Juergen Teller Studio in London

Juergen Teller Studio in London

Set in a London suburban street, this unpretentious studio is home to German-born artist and photographer, Juergen Tell. He showed everyone how to turn ugly and narrow city areas into something special! His grey concrete facade hides a structure designed from three individual blocks, offices, and an archive. Above, a studio, dining room, and private quarters surrounded by garden courtyards. The textured concrete is offset by the streaming of sunlight that adds intriguing shadows and lush greenery.

The gardens were designed by Dan Pearson, reflecting the natural growth of greenery from London’s bombsites that started taking place after WWII. The surrounding buildings were taken over by plant life similar to the ruins of Pompeii. There are a series of courtyards that are hidden by the glare of neighbours. Teller’s studio has created a modern yet reminiscent feel of the ancient Roman homes that were wedged into thickly occupied, restrictive areas of the city.

Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates

Reflecting the original Louvre in Paris, this is an amazing art gallery. Set on the Saadiyat Island, that is located off the coast of Abu Dhabi, will be completed around 2020. Nouvel’s new Louvre is designed like a modern Medina which is based on the traditional Arab city centres. Surrounded by walls and alleys that are formed like mazes, this is an exceptional concept. The museum consists of 23 galleries that are designed like separate city buildings, protected from the sun with its enormous, intricate dome that almost seems to float above everyone. There are 7,850 perforated, interlaced steel and aluminum panels and the dome brings in a play of light that fills the museum’s alleys.

Napoli-Afragola Railway Station in Naples, Italy

Napoli-Afragola Railway Station in Naples, Italy

This glorious new station is one of 13 for the expanded high-speed rail system with over 80 tracks that connect the overlooked outer areas of Naples. This is a spectacular bridge formation that emphasizes the 300 kph railways and their pristine trains. The main stations offer ticket offices, cafes, offices, and amazing views of Mount Vesuvius that are mysterious but also haunting. This was a challenge for the Italian State Railways engineers because this region has such a history of earthquakes and volcanoes. The engineers did come up with a design and structure that is not only dynamic but a great feat of excellence.

Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China

Tianjin Binhai Library in Tianjin, China

This Chinese library looks like a giant eye looking out at everyone and all who stop by must take photos to bring home. This is an impressive piece of architecture with the pupil of the eye serving as the circular auditorium which is located in the centre of this five-story, and eye socket-like appearance for the hall. The hall’s white walls are loaded with books that, in some cases, are literally stacked from end to end. That said, some of these books are not really books, they are a part of the plan. Quite cleverly, the upper, unreachable shelves have aluminum panels that are in a print that look likes books!

In Conclusion

There are so many wonderful ideas and creative innovations taking place around the world with architectural designing. New and upcoming designers with new visions are creating unbelievable, original concepts. Who knows what tomorrow will bring and what exceptional works will be on the top of the list for 2018. Only time will tell but there will always be new ideas and new visions of creativity, as long as there are people who think outside the box.

Recent Research Has Discovered A New Chamber In The Great Pyramid Of Giza In Egypt!

Probably one of the most renown architectures in the entire world is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It is considered the oldest of the Seven Wonders and has been researched for hundreds of years by anthropologists and archaeologists.

The Great Pyramid was completed around 2560 BC and has always been surrounded by many mysteries. Many anthropologists and archaeologists that have studied the 455-foot pyramid came to the conclusion that there were no more hidden chambers to be found within its walls.

That said, a new article published in The Nature has announced that an unknown chamber has been discovered in the pyramid. This definitely has caused an enormous stir in the Egyptology community and has people scrambling for answers.

Going back in time, the walls of the Great Pyramid were first entered in the Middle Ages. This was the first time anyone understood the inner workings and construction of the pyramid. Overall these centuries, there are still many things that are unknown about this pyramid. This led to why it has been researched and studied for centuries by those looking for answers revolving around this massive structure.

Archaeologists have long known about the three major chambers within the pyramid. The King’s Chamber, The Queen’s Chamber, and The Grand Gallery. According to the latest article published in Nature, scanning through the rocks has discovered another area. Although archaeologists do not fully understand its size, its parallel to the ground or its angle, they do believe it is substantial and comparable to the Grand Gallery. The Grand Gallery is 154 feet long and 28 feet high.

The team that has been assembled to study this space believe it is approximately 68 feet above ground level. What this chamber was originally used for is still unknown and will probably take many years or even decades to reveal its mystery.

Archaeologists have always dedicated their lives and the patience to understand this amazing ancient culture. This will, once again, entice them to reveal this incredible find! The Nature stated: “There are still many architectural hypotheses to consider”.

The Great Pyramid was originally built as a testament to Pharaoh Khufu who was considered one of the greatest Pharaohs who ever lived. There has never been any doubt that the builders of this Great Pyramid were geniuses that are still leaving modern man trying a figure out the secrets hidden within. It has been over 4,500 years since its construction and archaeologists are still looking for answers regarding its mysteries.

Understanding What Is Needed To Be A Professional Architectural Photographer

Photography like any visual art takes skill, experience, and a talent. Light is a critical element when an architectural photographer has to consider exterior lighting as well as interior lighting.

Interior lighting can be challenging because light dictates spaces and structure inside the building. That said, interior lighting is a great deal more controllable than exterior lighting. In either case, a photographer has to have control over the lighting in order to get the best shots.

There are certain areas that are more difficult to photograph than others and it can be very frustrating. For instance, in the Midwest of the United States and the city of Chicago, the weather and conditions are unpredictable and cloud formations can develop very quickly due to the lakes in the area. High humidity can lead to gray skies and overall, unpredictable weather can leave a photographer waiting days or even weeks to get the conditions needed to get the best images.

In other areas like Arizona, you might think this is the perfect place to set up shop but think again. Between July and August, the afternoon skies can be very cloudy and there’s always a high probability of rain. You might say, Arizona! I thought Arizona was dry! Well, think again. This is only being brought up because photographers must understand the challenges and parameters in order to capture high-quality images. Unlike a studio environment, architectural photographers must learn how to deal with the unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances in order to capture the images their client expects.

When photographing exteriors, sunlight is critical and the architectural photographer must be able to control light at all times. This can be a great challenge because the only light source an architectural photographer has to work with is the sun. Controlling the sun can be complex because obviously, you can’t truly control the sun! That said, the photographer must control what he or she can, in order to get the very best photographs and that brings the time of year into the equation. The time of year should also include the time of day and the quality of the light. Directional light is extremely important when the building is being photographed. Therefore, a photographer must wait for the best conditions, the clarity of the light, the condition of the sky, the direction of the sun, and the quality of the light. These are all critical factors when photographing architecture in order to get the best images.

When an architectural photographer is shooting elevations, it’s critical to be able to separate the planes of the structure in order to capture the details and textures of the building. Considering the light in front of the camera or behind the camera is not an acceptable solution. An architectural photographer must choose the time of day when the sun is approximately at a 45-degree angle to the elevation. The best light will be a few hours after sunrise or a few hours before sunset. Of course, this theory will depend on the orientation of the building. Choosing these two times of day, the sun’s low angle will add mood, drama, and warmth to a photograph offering long, deep shadows. Also, this allows for softer sunlight vs harsher sunlight found in the middle of the day. A building facing north can only be photographed in a short period of time during the summer and should be done as close to June 20th as possible, which is the summer solstice. Also, June 20th is the longest day of the year and northern light diminishes with each passing day thereafter. By September 20th, the northern light is gone as the direction has slowly moved south.

Many clients have no idea what goes into creating high-quality photographs or what is the perfect time of day. A professional architectural photographer must show patience, discipline, and learn how to work with weather conditions and the sun in order to control what seems uncontrollable.

Architecture can be an unpredictable business. Many architects spend years planning and creating their masterpiece and then never get the recognition they feel they so rightly deserve. Not all designers are looking for fame and glory but, like anyone else, getting recognition for their work is important. From the very first sketch to the finished structure, the process is without a doubt a labor of love and a great deal of sacrifice is involved. Architects want their work to be noticed and appreciated by their peers. In order to enter the world of architectural magazines and website, professional and amateur architects can submit photographs and articles to various magazines and their peers websites. They will take a few shots and then email them off and hope they will be regarded as the next Frank Lloyd Wright! Unfortunately, magazines and websites might be interested in their design, but they do not want their standard, boring, unprofessional images of the structure. Their photographs are just not capturing texture, tone, or drama because this is not their forte.

In order for an architect to get successful results, they must get the right be people and the right resources. When an architect decides to hire a professional architectural photographer, there are a few factors to take into consideration first. The architect must decide why they want photographs taken and how and where the images will be used. Once that has been determined, they should interview different architectural photographers and make sure they are clear why they want the photographs and what the theme of the building should be.

Professional architectural photographers have a working understanding of architecture and the physical and technical challenges involved. Architects must also understand when the best time should be for photographing the interior of their building, which must be while the building is still brand new. On the other hand, photographing the exterior of their building should take place about a year later so the landscaping has developed and matured.

An architectural photographer understands that the images should reflect the design’s quality, value, and credibility. A good photographer should understand the meaning of the design in order to capture the perfect images. They should understand and retain the personality of the building and then create an amazing work of art. Professional, talented architectural photographers will observe the building, highlight the aesthetics and the functional details of the design and draw attention to various aspects through their images.

In Conclusion:

An architect must well be the next Frank Lloyd Wright, but without bringing in a professional architectural photographer they will probably never get the recognition they are looking for. A professional architectural photographer understands lighting, the surrounding conditions, the angles that will best represent a structure, and deliver high-quality photographs to their clients.

As an architect, you have spent years creating your masterpiece. Do not take it upon yourself to capture your work. You do not have the knowledge or understanding to capture images that will best represent your architecture. Interview professional architectural photographers and let them do what they do best – capture the magnificence of your building.