Striking bulidings around the globe

From monumental monoliths to soaring skyscrapers, a selection of bold buildings around the world, which shake up our perspective of the urban environment.

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img.0 Southern Utah Museum of Art. Photography: Tim Hursley.

Southern Utah Museum of Art, Brooks + Scarpa, Cedar City, Utah, US

The sweeping roof of the new Southern Utah Museum of Art follows the shapely sandstone formations found at the nearby Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Designed by LA-based architecture practice Brooks + Scarpa, the SUMA is a response to the dramatic Utah landscape, and it is also responsive to the environment: the roof passively collects snow melt and storm water runoff that collects into concealed wells where it is than recharged back into an aquifer.
img.1 Southern Utah Museum of Art. Photography: Tim Hursley.
img.2 Southern Utah Museum of Art. Photography: Tim Hursley.

Nantes Museum of Fine Arts by Stanton Williams, Nantes, France

The transformation of the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts into one of France’s top cultural draws is nearing completion. This once-stuffy regional French gallery building, dating from 1900, has been turned inside out by London architecture practice Stanton Williams, which has brought its minimal aesthetic to bear with a palette of stone, oak, concrete and bronze. Pictured here, the new archive building.
img.3 Nantes Museum of Fine Arts. Photography: Hufton & Crow.
img.4 Nantes Museum of Fine Arts. Photography: Hufton & Crow.

Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger European HQ by MVSA Architects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This dynamic building by MVSA Architects, with PVH Europe and Heren 2, is home to the new Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger headquarters, located on the waterfront of the Danzigerkade, in the evolving industrial district of Houthavens in Amsterdam. The architects wanted to create a striking design powerful enough to compete with the neighbouring landmarks of the EYE film museum and Muziek- gebouw aan t ‘IJ.
img.5 Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger European HQ. Photography: MVSA Architects/Ronald Tilleman.
img.6 Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger European HQ. Photography: MVSA Architects/Ronald Tilleman.

Central Embassy by AL_A, Bangkok, Thailand

The first tower in Thailand to be completed by a British architect, Central Embassy is a magnificent 37 storey mixed use building, located on Bangkok’s busy Ploenchit Road, on the site of the former British Embassy gardens. The project was commissioned by Central Group, one of Thailand’s leading retailer and department store operators to house a shopping centre and with 27 storeys reserved for the Park Hyatt hotel.
img.7 Central Embassy in Bangkok. Photography: Hufton + Crow.
img.8 Central Embassy in Bangkok. Photography: Hufton + Crow.

Bae Bien-u Photography Studio by The System Lab, Sooncheon, South Korea

Chanjoong Kim, of architecture studio The System Lab, has spent his career eking out space from unlikely sites, and this four-storey concrete tower, a new studio, house and gallery for photographer Bae Bien-u, stands in stark contrast to its low-rise neighbors. located in southern Korea, the building is effectively a double-skinned concrete tube. the sober materials palette references Bae’s monochromatic depictions of landscape and forests, creating a stacked brutalist landscape. the staircase is sandwiched between the walls, allowing the circulation space to loop upwards from the basement exhibition space to the private rooms and rooftop garden.
img.9 Bae Bien-u Photography Studio. Photography: Kyungsub Shin.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool by Farrells, Hong Kong, China

Like a jelly poured into its mould, the futuristic Kennedy Town Swimming Pool flows neatly to the edges of its triangular site between the road and the historic tram-line creating an aero-dynamic form worthy of the sky. Conscious of the urban context, architects at Farrells closely researched the location to create a building that would be respectful of its residential neighbours, yet also an iconic addition to the prominent site with views across the harbour.
img.10 Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. Photography: Paul Y Management Ltd.
img.11 Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. Photography: Paul Y Management Ltd.

Société Privée de Gérance HQ by Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, Geneva, Switzerland

Designed by Italian firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, the new Swiss headquarters of Société Privée de Gérance involved the adaptive reuse and extension of the existing building, and began with redefining the architectural envelope. Creating a blurred effect, the envelope lays screen-printed patterns of squares in a gradient from fully transparent to densely opaque over glass fins composed to make the building highly energy-efficient and optimise the quality of the work space inside. One manifestation of an ongoing research project conducted by the office for 20 years, the textural face of the steel and glass building also generates maximum views out, solar shading, and acoustic and thermal insulation.
img.12 Société Privée de Gérance HQ. Photography: Adrien Buchet.
img.13 Société Privée de Gérance HQ. Photography: Adrien Buchet.

 

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