2017 was a brilliant year for architecture, seeing the completion of some of the most prolific architectural marvels in history. These include the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Campus in Cupertino, California.
Closer to home is the City Centre Tower, a new 27-story office building by Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm CAZA (Carlos Arnaiz Architects). The building is now home to Google’s Philippines offices and the headquarters to several other tech companies in the city.
Additionally, many anticipated museums also opened their doors to the public, including the Louvre in Abu Dhabi at the Saadiyat Island Cultural District and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. The latter is a beauty, featuring a facade made up of a series of irregular caves and a large, sky-lit central atrium.
Lastly, there is the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh, an ode to the city that sparked inspiration for much of the prolific designer’s career. The 4,000-square-metre building was designed by Paris-based architectural firm Studio KO, and features both modern and traditional Moroccan influences.
This year is no different, promising the completion of a dazzling array of unique museums, swanky hotels and some of the world’s tallest towers. From the Zaha Hadid-designed Leeza Soho in Beijing to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, check out these architectural highlights that will make waves in 2018.