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3 New Amazing UK Buildings to Look Forward To In 2018

2018 looks set to be a spectacular and memorable one for architecture. Several impressive buildings are being completed, but three of them are especially exciting and unique.

Here are the 2018 building projects that everyone is looking forward to. 

V&A Dundee  

This stunning project by Kengo Kuma and Associates extends across the Dundee skyline. Located at Earl Grey dock, the museum is a key part of the city’s Waterfront Master Plan intended to focus attention on the river that originally made Dundee prosper. The redeveloped dock area includes a new park and Slessor Gardens, where visitors can see the famous RRS Discovery.  

The museum extends partway into the water, as Kengo Kuma wanted to literally connect the city to its geography. In keeping with this concept, the building has a fissured finish and slab-sided forms inspired by the Scottish east coast. The folded shape of the building creates a silhouette like the incomplete hull of a boat. Arup devised it as one big interconnected structure to make it more rigid.  

The main galleries are connected at the upper level by bridges that deliver stunning views of the city and river. Future exhibits will include the preserved Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

The V&A Dundee will be the first new branch of the renowned London institution. Director Philip Long calls the museum a masterpiece that will be one of Dundee’s foremost cultural destinations. 

Windermere Museum 

The Windermere Museum by Carmody Groarke is another one of the most outstanding 2018 building projects. It houses an internationally acclaimed collection of boats, so a corralled central wet dock extends onto the lake, allowing boats to be displayed both inside the museum and on the water.

Other exhibition spaces will display motorboats, steam launches, yachts, and other boats, along with information about their construction and use. Future developments include a café and shop, all with amazing views of the area surrounding this World Heritage Site.

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A new conservation workshop was central to the makeover. Each day a museum team is hard at work taking care of the Windermere Museum collection. Each building has extended canopies that distinguish their function and extend indoor spaces out into the landscape, complete with all-weather shelter and large glazed sections.  

The core concept of the Windermere Museum is the ability to bring boats anywhere- inside or out. The appealing combination of the vessels, the sleek architecture, and the grand landscape is expected to the one of the architectural wonders of 2018. 

 Secular Retreat 

This five-bedroom house by by Peter Zumthor is well-named. Its strong and earthy form, which resembles a rugged outcrop surrounded by wind-blown pines, has strong monastic associations. The home is oriented around a central living room, with two bedroom rings and floors inlaid with Blue Lias limestone slabs. 

The surface of the rammed concrete building is striated, like a slice through different geological layers, and the cast-concrete roof is both part-cantilevered and sculptural. Once complete, the interiors will be filled with bespoke furniture set within small niches in the walls. All furnishings will be made from different fruit woods, and the Zumthor designed the lighting system in partnership with Italian company Viabizzuno. 


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