10 Cultural Architecture Projects in 2017

110 cultural architecture projects opening in 2017: from Denmark to Beijing, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, LEGO House, Zeitz MOCAA and much more. Keep reading!

Architecture around the World


img.0Elphilarmonie by Herzog & de Meuron, Hamburg by night – Photo by This Raetzke


(Hezorg & de Meuron – Hamburg, Germany)

The first appointment to 2017 is the inauguration of Herzog & de Meuron‘s Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg on January. The monumental, undulating volume of the concert hall and its 600 curved glass panes sit atop a brick building, formerly a warehouse, directly on the water, making for a dramatic presence while affording visitors a sweeping harbor view from its observation deck.

img.1Elphilarmonie by Herzog & de Meuron, Hamburg – Photo by This Raetzke

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

(Snøhetta – Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture by Snøhetta will contain diverse cultural facilities, including an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum and archive. The 100.000 sqm project is organized in bulbous and pebble-shaped volumes and was already near complexion at the end of 2016. Opening is scheduled in the second half of 2017.

img.2King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture by Snøhetta in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia – Photo by @Snøhetta Instagram

LEGO House

(Bjarke Ingels Group – Billund, Denmark)

An old African saying says: it takes a village to raise a child. The new LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is located in the company’s home town and was conceived as a village for playing and learning. Designed to look like a stack of the famous plastic bricks, the building is a three dimensional village of interlocking and overlapping buildings and spaces.

The LEGO House combines the functionality of the modular space with the iconic character of a sculptural building.

img.3LEGO House by Bjarke Ingels Group in Billund, Denmark – Courtesy of BIG


(Thomas Heatherwick – Cape Town, South Africa)

In 2017, Thomas Heatherwick will welcome visitors to discover the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. The museum will showcase the most important collection of contemporary art in Africa and its diaspora.

img.4Thomas Heatherwick: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town – Photo by Thomas Heatherwick

Louvre Abu Dhabi

(Jean Nouvel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Jean Nouvel‘s new Louvre will invite the first visitors to explore 9.200 sqm of art galleries on Saadiyat island, Abu Dhabi. A double white dome – a major symbol of Arab architecture – will flood the main central space with a rain of light thanks to an intricate pattern reminding sun rays passing through palms leaves.

img.5Abu Dhabi Louvre – Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel

Guardian Art Center

(Büro Ole Sheeren – Beijing, China)

The 68.027 square foot cultural venue is embedded in the historic fabric of central Beijing fusing history and tradition with contemporary art spaces.

At the base of the building a cluster of “pixelated” volumes dialogue with the old hutong neighbourhoods made of low-rise grey bricks houses. The upper portion responds to the larger scale of the surrounding contemporary Beijing. A floating ‘ring’ with oversized glass bricks creates a large inner courtyard referring to the prevalent typology of the traditional courtyard houses. 

Yves Saint Laurent Musée

(Studio KO – Marrakesh, Morocco)

French architecture firm Studio KO took inspiration by the curves of a woman silhouette and the clean designs of iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent who had a second home in the Moroccan city. The rounded edges of the facade in brickwork lattice remind the threads of fabric but also refer to Moroccan traditional architecture.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN)

(MET Studio – Jakarta, Indonesia)

Not only art, the 4.000 square-meter venue will also hosts several restaurants, a 120-room hotel and educational facilities.

London-based firm MET Studio will inaugurate the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN). Jakarta first contemporary art museum will feature a collection of works from Indonesia and Asia but also from the United States and Western Europe.


(wHY – Los Angeles, United States)

This fall, the new Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICALA) will welcome guest in a brand new venue designed by wHY studio steered by creative director Kulapat Yantrasast. The 12.700 sq ft (over 1.100 sqm) project in a former textile manufacturing plant. The logo and coordinated graphic design of the new ICALA were developed by Marc Bradford.


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