Architecture is one of the most important and influential aspects of world tourism. From the ancient Great Wall of China to a more recent Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, tourist icons are spread across the globe. Architecture is often used as leading travel attractions in luring the tourists. So with that in mind here are 15 amazing future world architecture that we cannot wait to see.
1- Shimao Quarry Hotel, Songjiang, China; by Atkins Global, 2015
Hence the name, Shimao, a five star hotel is being built in an abandoned Chinese quarry. Two of the hotel’s 19 stories will be built underwater and will feature an aquarium with glass walls. The other 17 stories will be built inside a cave at the base of the Tianmenshan Mountain. The British design firm, Atkins, claim that the roof of the $520-million hotel will sit just 15 meters above ground.
2- Phoenix Observation Tower, Arizona, USA; by BIG, 2016
Although this honey-dipper-shaped observation tower is being plagued by numerous planning issues and delays, developers are hoping to secure funding for the downtown Phoenix Observation tower; a destination event to provide tourists and citizens of Phoenix alike the chance to enjoy the unique features of the Valley of the Sun.
3- Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; by Santiago Calatrava, 2016
A sleek and sustainable “Museum of Tomorrow” planned for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is situated upon the currently barren Pier Maua and features a transforming façade that allows it to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The museum’s opening was hoped to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, but the project has since been delayed.
4- The Sleuk Rith Institute Genocide Memorial, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; by Zaha Hadid, 2016
It has been nearly 35 years since the fall of the Khmer Rouge, a regime that slaughtered two million Cambodians. “The building design seeks to commemorate the past with moments of somberness, reflection and tranquility, but it was extremely important that the institute also evoke hope and optimism for the future, and the design includes moments of warmth, light and inspiration,” says Hadid. Sleuk Rith is also notable as one of Hadid’s first major projects that uses wood as a prominent material.
5- National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing, China; by Jean Nouvel, 2015
French architect Jean Nouvel, who beat Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid in a competition for the project in 2013 has designed an intricately patterned perforated façade, which wraps around part of the building. “The NAMOC is written in space as a fragment of an ideogram shaped by an artist over a long period of time, giving it both a sense of mastery and voluntary incompleteness: by taking off the ground it imposes itself into the sky,” said Nouvel. “It thus resists the laws of gravity while asserting its presence.”
6- House of Peace (World Peace Pavilion), Copenhagen, Denmark; by Svendborg Architects, junya ishigami, TBD
Floating like a cloud across Nordhavn harbor, Copenhagen’s ethereal House of Peace consists of an undulating plane that acts as both roof and walls for the structure. Where the floor should be, there is only the harbor water. Visitors will explore the pavilion by boat, drifting aimlessly beneath the distinctive smooth white canopy.
7- Mall of the World, Dubai, UAE; TBD
In a characteristically extravagant move, Developers Dubai Holding have announced their plans to build the world’s first indoor city called, ‘Mall of the World’; a new 48 million square foot tourist district in Dubai that will host the world’s largest mall, a new cultural district, a theme park and 20,000 hotel rooms.
8- Hive-Inn Hotel, Hong Kong; by OVA Studio; TBD
The proposed hotel by Hong Kong based OVA Studio will turn shipping containers into high-end room. The design allows each container to be independently removed from the structure. The rooms can be shipped to any location that is required and it is used for multiple functions such as offices; also leased to various individuals or companies who temporarily need space. Talk about flexible architecture!
9- Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai, India; James Law Cybertecture International, TBD
The 32,000 sq m egg-shaped building will combine “iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create an awe-inspiring landmark in the city.” Cybertecture Egg integrates technology, multimedia, intelligent systems and user interactivity to create customizable living and working spaces that focus on experience.
10- Unbalance Hotel, Lima, Peru; by OOIIO Architecture, 2017
Madrid firm OOIIO has designed a lopsided photo frame-shaped hotel that appears to have crashed into a cliff face near Lima in Peru. The hotel is intended to become a landmark attraction, without obstructing the city’s view of Pacific Ocean.
11- Amethyst Hotel, China; NL Architects, 2015
Purple amethyst crystals formed inside rocks provided the inspiration for this ambitious hotel design, proposed by Dutch studio NL Architects for an island off the south coast of China. “The proposal takes its cues from the portfolio of developer and architect John Portman, who is credited for the widespread popularity of hotels with grand atriums across Asia and the United States, for brands including Hyatt and Marriott.”Dezeen
12- Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore; Moshe Safdie, 2018
Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport will be able to welcome over 24 million passengers every year once the second terminal is completed. The project includes a vast glass dome, featuring the world’s highest indoor waterfall that cascades from a central oculus positioned at the top of the vaulted roof canopy; this feature, named the ‘rain vortex’, is surrounded by an indoor landscape of vegetation, with a walking trail – referred to as the ‘forest valley’ – traversing the site.
13- Kezmarska Hut, Slovakia; Atelier 8000, TBD
This space-age cube is a potential design for the Kexmarka Hut hostel, set to be built in Slovakian mountains. In stark contrast with the futuristic exterior, the rooms and common areas are welcoming in warm wood material.
14- MahaNakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, OMA, 2015
The MahaNakhon’s neighboring CUBE development has already opened, with the main tower currently still under construction. A band of shifted, box-like elements breaks up the surface and creates terraces and balconies. With its distinctive sculptural appearance, MahaNakhon has been carefully carved to introduce a three-dimensional ribbon of architectural ‘pixels’ that circle the tower’s full height, as if excavating portions of the elegant glass curtain wall to reveal the inner life of the building.
15- Garden Bridge, River Thames London, UK; Thomas Heatherwick; 2018
The idea behind this project is to connect north and south London with a garden. Heatherwick Studio says it has been working on the idea with actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley, who believes that this garden will be a place for Londoners and visitors to experience peace and beauty.
Recommended book for more inspiration: Thomas Heatherwick: Making