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.
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Grey dock, the museum is a key part of the city’s Waterfront Master Plan intended to focus attention on the river that originally made Dundee prosper.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.
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.