As construction projects often take years to complete, there are still delays caused by Covid-19. However, 2023 promises to be a year of impressive new openings, be it the second tallest tower in the world or an interfaith religious complex in Abu Dhabi.
Here are 10 of the architectural projects that are set to shape the world in 2023:
National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
National Library of Israel credit: Herzog and de Meuron
Having outgrown the National Library of Israel – and its huge archive of books, manuscripts and photographs – it is moving to a new building next to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.
The distinctive upper volume of the building is like a huge block of carved rock, with the local limestone mixed with cement as a nod to the historic color palette of Jerusalem. Inside, facilities including an auditorium, youth center, and various exhibition spaces are configured around the 50,500-square-foot reading hall.
Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron’s design aims to reflect the institution’s values of openness and accessibility, from the towering circular skylight to the ground-level display cases that make items from the library’s collection visible to passers-by.
Nordau, Copenhagen, Denmark
nordo credit: Rasmus Hjortshoj
Copenhagen has been named the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture for 2023, and the Danish capital is brimming with examples of sustainable design.
Danish architecture firm Henning Larsen’s latest addition to the neighborhood, Nordø, is emblematic of the transformation taking place. With a red brick facade that pays homage to the site’s industrial past, large communal gardens and a rooftop terrace, the 115-home development promises residents an ‘island oasis’ with easy access to the area’s growing array of restaurants and public spaces.
Lola Mora Cultural Center, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Lola Mora Cultural Centre credit: Billy Clark and Company
Located in a forest overlooking the city of San Salvador de Jujuy, northwest Argentina, the Lola Mora Cultural Center is dedicated to the sculptor of the same name, one of the leading female artists of the early 20th century. In addition to a selection of her work, the foundation will house an interpretation center, restaurant, library and atelier for visiting artists.
Architects Pelli Clarke & Partners have described the building, whose shape was inspired by a sculptor’s chisel, as “net zero energy,” though it could go further than that: With the help of on-site wind turbines and solar energy production, the center is expected to generate more energy. 20% of what he consumes.
Abrahamic Family House, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (pictured above)
Abrahamic family home credit: Adjaye Associates
Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye’s firm, Adjaye Associates, said it considered interfaith commonalities in its designs, although each of the three main buildings has a different orientation on the site.
Merdeka 118, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mrdaka 118 credit: PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn. Phd.
Scheduled for completion in the second half of 2023, the building (and the sprawling mall at its base) promises nearly 1 million square feet of retail space, as well as a 1,000-seat theatre, offices, a hotel, and the highest observation deck in Southeast Asia.
Destination Crenshaw, Los Angeles, USA
Destination Crenshaw credit: Perkins and Will
When a new segment of the LA Metro’s K Line threatened to cut Crenshaw Boulevard in two, locals in the historic black neighborhood saw an opportunity to push for new infrastructure in an area that has long suffered from underinvestment. The $100 million public-private initiative, Destination Crenshaw, hopes to do exactly what its name suggests: make Crenshaw a destination in its own right, rather than just a public thoroughfare.
The 1.3-mile Cultural Corridor will feature pedestrian walkways, ten new public parks and street furniture, and more than 100 artworks highlighting black art and culture. Among the murals, statues, and permanent installations will stand African American artist Kehinde Wiley’s re-imagining of the Confederate Statue.
Not all of them will be completed by the end of 2023, but several major components—including the largest landscaped areas, Sankofa Park, and the four “pocket” gardens—are expected to open by fall.
AMRF First Building, Sydney, Australia
AMRF First Building credit: hustle
With the airport not opening until 2026, there is still a long way to go. But every new city starts with one building.
Aerotropolis’ first structure – appropriately named the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) Building 1 – is scheduled for completion in late 2023, serving as a visitor center and hub for broader development. Constructed of prefabricated timber units and inspired by the movement of water, the light-filled design was overseen by architecture firm Hassell in collaboration with Western Parkland City Authority and original designer Daniel Hiromek of Djingama, a First Nations cultural design and research practice.
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, India
Kempegowda International Airport credit: som / achin
Bengaluru, India’s third most populous city, is set to welcome its much-anticipated airport expansion, with Kampegoda International’s 2.7-million-square-foot Terminal 2 entering operation early next year. The project will increase the annual capacity of the airport by about 25 million visitors, and eventually rise to 40 million visitors after the completion of its second phase.
Green airports such as Singapore’s Changi Airport have raised expectations about how terminal buildings can look and feel. And architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has taken a similar approach inspired by nature, calling it a “Station in a Garden”—a series of interconnected buildings joined by landscaped, plant-filled spaces, wicker-clad pavilions, indoor waterfalls, and thatched furnishings.
The Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza, Egypt
The Grand Egyptian Museum credit: MOHAMED AL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images
Designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects, the 5.2-million-square-foot structure features exhibition spaces, a conservation center, and an atrium tall enough to house a colossal statue of Ramesses II (with attic space to spare). Triangular shapes dominate the glass façade and flow throughout the building, a shape that recalls the nearby pyramids of Giza.
Top photo: Abrahamic Family House, Abu Dhabi.