Glancing back at the year that was, 2019 had a few troublesome, if not characterizing, minutes in the realm of engineering. In May, the supreme planner I.M. Pei kicked the bucket at 102 years old. Argentine starchitect César Pelli, 10 years more youthful than Pei, spent away two months after the fact. And afterward, obviously, Notre-Dame Cathedral was not long after totally setting a thousand years of history ablaze.
However, engineering isn’t anything if not a groundbreaking undertaking. A century prior, this implied assembling amazingly tall high rises, for example, the Empire State Building. Today, while we are as yet looking for the sky’s maximum cutoff points with our structures, the new spotlight has limited on planning eco-accommodating constructions, and more reasonable lodging in major metropolitan areas. Repeating Winston Churchill’s way of thinking when he expressed, “We shape our structures, and thereafter, our structures shape us,” these are the patterns that will bring us through the 21st century, driving our general public into an all the more future.
Eventually, in any case, engineering is a medium intended to be capable not through two-dimensional composition, but rather in regular day-to-day existence. It’s through the extending of one’s neck to take in the wonderfulness of a high rise like New York’s Central Park Tower; or the practically indefinable uniqueness of Zaha Hadid Architects’ pinnacle that includes a vast opening in its middle; or the striking magnificence that can be created when current and antiquated design, similarly as with MAD Architects’ kindergarten in China, are compared close to one another. Thus, in 2020 and the past, we at Architectural Digest ask you to go out and experience these dynamite structures that will be finished for the current year. Generally, we can’t envision the need for engineering until the venture is finished and the scene is changed to improve things. We accept these 11 structures will meet that high bar.
1. Opus by Zaha Hadid Architects (Dubai, U.A.E.)
2. Central Park Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (New York City)
3. UNIC by MAD Architects (Paris)
4. Qianlong Garden by Selldorf Architects (Beijing, China)
5. M+ Museum by Herzog & de Meuron (Hong Kong)
6. Courtyard Kindergarten by MAD Architects (Beijing, China)
7. Vista Tower by Studio Gang (Chicago, Illinois)
8. Museum of Fine Arts by Steven Holl Architects (Houston, Texas)
9. The Factory by OMA (Manchester, United Kingdom)
10. U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Colorado Springs, Colorado)