January 22, 2022 6:44 pm

The six most anticipated buildings of 2022: from a glass-roofed library to a tower with a vertical forest

A complex year for the real estate market has ended, not only locally but also internationally. Is that the world is still hit by the coronavirus pandemic, that generated material supply problems, in addition to the effects of climate change, which are disastrous for many structures.

The themes that were brought to the table after the pandemic took architecture to a more reflective place. Although the solutions to the problems are not yet fully developed, The question of how the design of spaces can contribute has already been asked. In this context, the American magazine Architectural Digest He selected some inspiring building designs that are expected to begin construction this year and which, in his judgment, help to look to a better future.

1. Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With 118 floors, it is about the second tallest tower in the world. Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be built on one of the most important historical sites in the capital city, near the Merdeka Stadium, where Malaysia’s independence was declared in 1957.

The Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will be the second highest in the worldRender / – Fender Katsalidis

Designed by Australian studio Fender Katsalidis, the building will have mixed uses: there will be residences, hotels and shops. It will also have the highest viewpoint in Southeast Asia. The facade of the building is made up of a series of windows, while the base provides a completely contemporary space: a water park that in turn will be an area where vehicles will not have permanent access.

2. Centro Nanjing Zandai Himalaya en Nanjing, China

It is a complex of 560,000 m² blocks of low-rise multipurpose flats. The architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects designed a new space for commercial premises, hotels, offices and residences that seeks to evoke a small ski village surrounded by towering mountains.

This project seeks to evoke a small ski village surrounded by imposing mountains
This project seeks to evoke a small ski village surrounded by imposing mountainsRender / – MAD Architects

At the center of the complex are low structures with sloping roofs that blend into a landscape of artificial hills, while the tall glass and metal buildings around them have articulated facades with wavy white shutters that seek to evoke snowy spaces. The project plan is to achieve a city based on the Chinese concept of a harmonious spirit between humans and nature.

3. Far Rockaway Library in New York

Far Rockaway Neighbors Soon they will have a new public library twice the size of their current one. In 2022, the new 1,100 m² branch built by the Oslo and New York-based Snøhetta studio will open its doors.

The Far Rockaway Library will be in Queens, New York
The Far Rockaway Library will be in Queens, New YorkRender / – Snøhetta

The space will be housed in a 1968 structure well known in the neighborhood, as it was used as a relief center during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The library will have two floors and will be highlighted by a sintered glass ceiling in a shade inspired by the Long Island sky. The entrance will be a triangular cut corner, while an inverted pyramidal atrium will bring light to the central spaces.

4. Mata Atlantica in San Pablo

In the next few years, São Paulo, Brazil, will feature a new green building in a currently abandoned space in the middle of the city’s busiest avenue thanks to French architect Jean Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize.

The new green building in a currently abandoned space in the middle of the busiest avenue in San Pablo
The new green building in a currently abandoned space in the middle of the busiest avenue in San PabloRender / – Jean Nouvel

It will be a new mixed-use social center powered by renewable energies and that will add 10,000 new trees. Nouvel designed the hotel tower, known as Mata Atlântica, in reference to the Brazilian forest of the same name. The construction will be a kind of vertical forest that seeks to prove that tall and luxurious buildings do not have to mean “buildings of pure glass”.

5. Broadway Museum in New York

Although Times Square is associated with Broadway, there was never a formal and permanent space dedicated to that theatrical legacy. Thanks to Paul Bennett Architects, four-time Tony Award-nominated producer Julie Boardman and Diane Nicoletti of experimental agency Rubik Marketing, the first Broadway Museum will open in the summer.

Broadway Museum to Open Next American Summer
Broadway Museum to Open Next American SummerRender / – Paul Bennett Architects

At the company based in New York is working on the transformation of an old office building into an interactive multi-story space that will educate on the history of Broadway and will show behind the scenes of some of the audience’s favorite shows. The site will be in line with the current trend in interactive museum design based on visitor experience.

6. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem

Atop a hill in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel, it’s taking shape a new 45,000 m² light and airy space for the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Designed by Japanese architects SANAA, with the help of local firms, it will feature nine academic departments, administration offices, galleries, a store and a cafeteria.

This will be the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel
This will be the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, IsraelRender / – WORD

When completed in October 2022, the Academy (founded in 1906, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Israel) will concentrate 2,500 students in this new space, which will help to revitalize the historic center of the city of Jerusalem.

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