These stunning designs look set to shape the cities they’re in.
1. National Museum of Qatar
Scheduled to open in December 2018, the National Museum of Qatar is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Currently under construction, the unique building will comprise of a series of interlocking discs that create cavities forming walls, ceilings, floors, and terraces. The architecture is said to be inspired by the desert rose which grows organically around the original 20th-century palace of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani.
2. Leeza Soho, Beijing
Upon completion in 2018, Leeza SOHO is expected to have the tallest atrium in the world. This mixed-use property in the Lize Financial Business District in Beijing, China, will feature an atrium that “twists” 45-degrees over the length of the building so as to allow natural light deep into the structure. As such, breathtaking views of the city can be viewed from four sky bridges that span the central void.
3. Istanbul Airport, Turkey
The first phase of Istanbul’s third airport will be completed this year, featuring three runways, one main terminal, 88 aircraft bridges, two satellite terminals, hospitals, convention centers, and hotels. Designed by London-based Grimshaw Architects and the Nordic Office of Architecture, the aviation hub looks set to host 250 airlines flying to more than 350 destinations, making it one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.
4. Morpheus Hotel, Macau
Situated in Cotai, Macau, Morpheus Hotel has been described by its developers as the world’s first “free-form exoskeleton high rise”. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the sculptural building will have a series of voids carved into its form, giving it complexity and volume, as well as two additional bridges for guests to experience the external voids within the building.
5. Nanjing Green Towers, China
Come 2018, Nanjing Green Towers–Asia’s first-ever vertical forest–will be unveiled. The pair of skyscrapers will be home to office space, a museum, an architecture school (which emphasizes eco-friendly design), a rooftop club, as well as a hotel. According to its developers, the vertical forest will regenerate biodiversity by providing 25 kilograms of carbon absorption each year, while producing around 60 kilograms of oxygen per day.