Seven architectural projects to look forward to in 2018

Several significant and innovative architectural projects due to be completed in 2018, with records broken along the way: Europe’s tallest non-residential building, the world’s highest residential tower and the world’s longest cable-stayed concrete bridge.


Seven of the most interesting architectural projects set to be finished by the end of this year are:

1. Brisbane Skytower

Brisbane Skytower will be the Australian city’s tallest residential building and will contain 1135 luxury apartments and penthouses. Though not yet finished, the building is already open for people to rent apartments on a short-term basis, although they may have put up with ongoing construction noise as building work nears completion.

The Skytower is 90 storeys, and 270 metres, high. Designed by Noel Robinson Architects, the ground level of the tower has retail units, with office accommodation on level one. Amenities for tenants include a spa and gym. The luxury apartments enjoy stunning views of Brisbane, and even boast the highest swimming pool in the city – the one on the roof!

2. World Towers Mumbai

The Skytower will be somewhat dwarfed by the World Towers (sometimes called the One Tower) in Mumbai, India. This skyscraper is 117 storeys high and will become the tallest residential building in the world. It is composed of three glass and steel towers that sit on top of each other.

The World Towers are surrounded by a 17-acre landscaped estate. The approach to the towers, The Avenue, is lined with luxury brand retail shops and restaurants and leads to the landscaped entrance to the tower, which sits on a 5-acre podium.

Built for luxury living, the building is designed in the shape of a clover leaf. This design provides shade for the residents’ balconies, plenty of windows for natural light and a wraparound terrace that provides panoramic views of Mumbai city. Every bedroom has a full-width balcony.

3. The Grand Egyptian Museum

Neghan Peng Architects have designed the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is situated at the edge of a desert plateau between Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. The museum is situated on two levels – the plateau and the valley, with the design adapting to these levels.


The museum has an outer surface of translucent stone that transforms from day to night. The building has a series of layers, with visitors approaching through the valley to a monumental forecourt and a shaded entrance area. A grand staircase leads to the plateau level where the galleries are situated. The nearby pyramids are visible from within the museum.

The building will house several exhibitions and host conferences. The Tutankhamen collection, currently housed in Cairo, will be relocated to the new museum. Once completed, the new facility will also feature educational opportunities for children. Visitors will no doubt enjoy the extensive gardens too.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is estimated to be completed by May 2018.

4. The V & A Museum

Much closer to home, the new V & A Museum in Dundee is a stunning three-storey design with curved concrete walls and 2,500 precast rough stone panels. These are hung on walls to resemble a cliff face.

The building has 21 wall sections and no straight external walls. At a cost of £80.11m, the building occupies an 8,000 square metre space.

The V & A Museum building is being constructed using low and zero carbon emission technologies, and will use renewable geothermic energy. A number of 200-metre boreholes will provide direct renewable energy.

Due for completion before the end of the year, the museum has been designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, which was also behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium.

5. 3 World Trade Centre

The 3 World Trade Centre is being built on the site of the World Trade Centre is New York, which was destroyed during the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Centre is Designed by British architect Richard Rodgers.

The tower has a reinforced concrete core, with steel outside the core. It is clad in an exterior steel frame and built to safety standards that exceed those required by law. It is designed to be energy efficient and includes both retail and office space.

The lobby is three stories high with huge glass windows that look out onto the Memorial Park. Upper level floors straddle those beneath to provide an interlocking look to the tower.

The tower will be 80 stories high and 1,079 feet tall, with 150,000 square feet of retail space across five floors, and 2.5 million square feet of rentable space.

6. Atlantic Bridge

When completed, the Atlantic Bridge over the Panama Canal will be the largest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world. The bridge is three kilometres north of Gatun locks near the city of Colón, Panama.

The Atlantic Bridge is a double-pylon concrete girder bridge with cable stays. The bridge carries two lanes of traffic in each direction on its 530 metres central span, and is high enough to allow container ships to pass beneath it.

Work started on the bridge in 2013 and it is due to open sometime before the end of this year. The project being constructed by French company VINCI Construction Grands Projets.

7. Lakhta Centre

Based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the Lakhta Centre will be Europe’s tallest business building when it is finished this year

The Lakhta Center is a modern business centre in the Primorsky district of Russia’s second largest city. It will house offices plus scientific and educational areas, and will also have a sports complex, techno-park, restaurants and shops.

The 330,000 square metre complex will feature a striking “barbed” design. The building is a tower shaped like a spire to symbolise the power of water. The striking glass façade changes colour depending on the position of the sun and is designed to provide the impression of a “living object”.

These are just seven of the notable projects that lovers of architecture are looking forward to during 2018, which looks set to be a memorable year.

Posted by Mark
January 19, 2018

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