Here are 5 iconic architecture projects for 2023 to look forward to this year!
World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of every October, to celebrate the architecture community. Architecture is not only about building projects but also about building human lifestyles and commodities. We share with you the most talked about and famous iconic projects to look for this year.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts complex in Sydney, Australia, designed by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Incredibly complex geometries can be found in some examples of contemporary architecture, and the Sydney Opera House paved the way for them. The design was groundbreaking since it was one of the earliest examples of the use of CAD to create complex forms.
Many modern buildings, including those by Gehry and Blobitecture, as well as most reinforced concrete structures, make use of the design methods pioneered by Utzon and Arup for the Sydney Opera House. It also demonstrated the concept for future use by being one of the first designs in the world to use araldite to bond the precast structural elements together.
Nordo, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen has been designated UNESCO’s World Capital of Architecture for 2023, and the Danish capital is brimming with examples of sustainable design. Chief among them is the ongoing redevelopment of the once-industrial Nordhavn (or Northern Harbor) into a pedestrian-friendly “smart” district complete with green energy supplies and a “super bikeway” link to the city centre. Recent years have seen abandoned grain and cement silos converted into offices and apartment blocks, while a sprawling United Nations campus, UN City, opened there in 2013.
Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen’s latest addition to the neighbourhood, Nordø, is emblematic of the transformation taking place. With a redbrick facade that honours the site’s industrial past, sizable public gardens and a rooftop terrace, the 115-home development promises residents an “island oasis” with easy access to the district’s growing collection of restaurants and public spaces.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, India
India’s third most populous city, Bengaluru, is set to welcome its long overdue airport expansion, with Kempegowda International’s 2.7-million-square-foot Terminal 2 entering operation in early 2023. The project will increase the airport’s annual visitor capacity by an estimated 25 million, eventually rising to 40 million after the completion of its second phase.
Verdant airports like Singapore’s Changi have raised expectations of how terminal buildings can look and feel. Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has taken a similarly nature-inspired approach it has dubbed a “terminal in a garden” — a series of interconnected buildings joined by landscaped spaces and populated with plants, bamboo-clad pavilions, indoor waterfalls and rattan furnishings.
Beijing Daxing International Airport
A relatively new construction, Beijing’s second international airport replaced Istanbul as the world’s largest when it was completed in 2019. Known as ‘the starfish’, its sprawling star shape spans 7.5 million square feet. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects before Hadid’s death, it not only looks incredible, but it’s uber-practical as well, with an innovative layout designed to make things easier for travellers. This is a building design that’s both functional and stunning to behold.
Masarycka Building, Prague, Czech Republic
Another masterpiece in 2023 opening buildings will be the Masaryka Building in Prague, built by the world-renowned architecture group Zaha Hadid Architects. The new urban development is currently being constructed near the city’s Masaryk Railway Station. The 28,000-square-metre structure features overhanging offices as well as terraced roof gardens. It corporates seven floors in its eastern section and nine levels in its western edge, adding new public spaces within a vital commercial centre.