The biggest achievements and openings of architectural projects of 2021 | News

2021 was the year many long-delayed large-scale projects finally managed to come to an end, overcome further pandemic-induced delays postponed from 2020, overcome remaining certification hurdles and open their doors to l anticipation (and sometimes locked) Public.

Among the plethora of completed and newly opened buildings we’ve had the pleasure to cover this year, here’s our curated list of some of the most notable developments in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Shenzhen, and more.

Photo © Iwan Baan Studios, courtesy of the Academy Museum Foundation

Academy of Cinema Museum, Los Angeles

LA’s latest architectural highlight had been a long time to prepare, first appearing nearly a decade ago on Archinect, but after numerous delays and postponements of opening – related to Covid and others – the Museum of Academy cinema designed by Renzo Piano and adjacent to LACMA finally open to the public with a star-studded gala in September. Another major Piano project, the House of Culture GES-2, debuted in Moscow in December.

Photo © Michael Grimm

Small Island, New York

Hotly contested in its early days, and even quashed by the courts at one point, the Little Island Elevated River Park opened with great fanfare on the shore of the Hudson River in Manhattan in May. Formerly known as Pier 55, the $ 260 million attraction was designed by the team of Thomas Heatherwick and Signe Nielsen of landscape architecture firm MNLA.

Photo © Virgile Simon Bertrand, courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

M + Museum, Hong Kong

Considered one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual art in the world, the brand new M + Museum has finally opened in the cultural district of West Kowloon in Hong Kong. The $ 750 million cultural center was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells, who won the international architectural competition launched in 2012. Other notable Herzog & de Meuron openings this year include the SongEun Art Space in Seoul, Korea and the MKM Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg, Germany.

Photo © Patrick Tourneboeuf

Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris

Another leading artistic destination, the Bourse de Commerce – Collection Pinault, opened its doors in Paris after a long renovation and restoration of its 18th century house supervised by Tadao Ando in collaboration with Lucie Niney and Thibaut Marca of the NeM agency. and Pierre-Antoine Gatier. In a somewhat different tone, the Japanese master also opened a stylish public restroom in Shibuya this year as part of the THE TOKYO TOILET project.

Photo © Jason O’Rear, Courtesy of OMA New York

Audrey Irmas Pavilion, Los Angeles

Technically no officially open until January 2022, the Audrey Irmas pavilion designed by OMA New York made major advancements in construction in Los Angeles this year, making it the company’s first religious institution building. OMA also completed the Tenjin Business Center in Fukuoka, Japan this year, as well as the new Paris flagship Off-White in collaboration with Virgil Abloh, who tragically passed away at age 41 this year.

Photo © Simon Menges

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

David Chipperfield Architects accepted the challenge of renovating one of the great masterpieces of mid-century modern architecture and completed a stunning renovation of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in August.

Photo: Lucas Blair Simpson © SOM

Moynihan Station, New York

The start of the year also saw the opening of a major infrastructure project in New York City: over two decades underway under the leadership of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the new Moynihan Train Hall offers 225 rail. 000 square foot welcome extension of the hub to the notoriously overcrowded Pennsylvania station complex.

Photo: Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers, 2021

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Frank Gehry’s $ 233 million renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art opened to the public in May after years of planning and construction. The office also celebrated the launch of its brilliant Luma Tower in Luma Arles, Parc des Ateliers, France and the highly anticipated Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Center at the LA Philharmonic in Inglewood.

Photo © Pierre-Olivier Deschamps, courtesy of SANAA

La Samaritaine department store, Paris

In Paris, the famous La Samaritaine department store reopened in June following a multi-year, $ 894 million restoration that surprisingly pits the historic against modern elements. SANAA’s Japanese office worked in tandem with Canadian studio Yabu Pushelberg and received praise from French President Emmanuel Macron, who called the building a “superb French cultural treasure”.

Photo © Ossip van Duivenbode, courtesy of MVRDV

Boijmans Van Beuningen depot, Rotterdam

MVRDV’s new Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot opened in November under the banner of “the world’s first publicly accessible art storage depot”, housing 151,000 works of art in a brilliant 167,000 square foot facility, which reviewer Oliver Wainwright compared to an “Ikea salad for € 3.99. bowl.”

Photo © Liang Xue, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Infinitus Square, Baiyun

Zaha Hadid Architects completed a mastodon of an infinity symbol in the Chinese city of Baiyun, in Guangdong province this year. The design team proudly emphasizes the sustainability characteristics of mixed-use development, including the filtration and reuse of rainwater, as well as the increased use of recycled materials.

Photo © Zhang Chao

Hanking Center, Shenzhen

Morphosis set a world record by designing the new Hanking Center as the tallest detached core building in the world. The 1,180-foot-tall mixed-use complex was just one of many new skyline-altering buildings to debut in Shenzhen.

Photo: Doblecaña / Wikipedia

Intempo, Benidorm

Enclosing the pack is a banger of a building: the 650-foot M-shaped Intempo skyscraper in the Spanish seaside town of Benidorm has finally been completed after a 15-year construction period strewn with delays and setbacks. A building only a developer could love, the Golden Tower elicited instant responses from Archinectors in the comments section. Do not hesitate if you feel like it.

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