The 5 Best Architecture Projects of the 21st Century

VIA West57 | Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Architect: BIG
Location: New York

PROJECT West 57th Street CLIENT Durst Fetter Residential COLLABORATORS SLCE Architects Starr Whitehorse Thornton Maserati Dagger Engineering Langan Engineering Hunter Roberts Philip Habib & Assoc. Israel Berger & Assoc. Nancy Packed Van Dense & Assoc. Ceramic & Assoc. CPP AKRF German Nervelessness SIZE 80.000 m2 LOCATION Manhattan, New York, USA STATUS Ongoing REFERENCES W57 – WEST 57 BIG’s inaugural project in NY is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise, West 57th has a unique shape which combines the advantages of both: the compactness and effi ciency of a courtyard building providing density, a sense of intimacy and security, with the airiness and the expansive views of a skyscraper.

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Sendai Mediatheque​ | Toyo Ito & Associates
Architect: Toyo Ito & Associates
Location: Japan

The Sendai Mediatheque by Toyo Ito is revolutionary in it’s engineering and aesthetic. Six steel-ribbed slabs slabs, each 15-3/4″ thick, appear to float from the street, supported by only thirteen vertical steel lattice columns that stretch from ground plane to the roof. This striking visual quality that is one of the most identifiable characteristics of the project is comprable to large trees in a forest, and function as light shafts as well as storage for all of the utilities, networks and systems.

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Seattle Public Library | OMA
Architect: OMA
Location: Washington

OMA’s ambition is to redefine the library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to the book, but rather as an information store where all potent forms of media – new and old – are presented equally and legibly. In an age in which information can be accessed anywhere, it is the simultaneity of media and (more importantly) the curatorship of its contents that will make the library vital.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park | Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Location: New York

The Brooklyn Bridge Park transforms this stretch of post-industrial waterfront into a thriving 85-acre civic landscape. The park mediates a system of new and refurbished connections between the city and the river, becoming a vital urban threshold that provides space for a wide variety of activities and programming, all with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Careful attention to the site’s rich history and its extraordinary built and natural features ensures that this radical transformation creates an urban destination that is dynamic and engaging for generations to come.

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art by SANAA
Architect: SANAA
Location: Japan

The museum was designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the architectural office SANAA in 2004. In October 2005, one year after its opening the Museum marked 1,570,000 visitors.

The Museum is located in the center of Kanazawa, near Kenroku-en garden and the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art.

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