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World’s greatest places: Top 5 picks

There’s nothing like some fresh inspiration as we begin a new year of projects – so here are five of our top architecture picks from Time Magazine’s top 100 list of the World’s Greatest Places.

A collection of must-see global destinations, the list is a real trip off the tourist-track covering incredible buildings, places to stay, see and be-seen. Where will you head in 2020?

Calgary Central Library

You might not think a library is an especially exciting place to visit as one of the World’s Greatest Places. But just take a look at this architectural gem by Snohetta.

One of the most actively-used libraries in North America with over 670,000 members, it incorporates the local light rail line in its design. The geometric facade of hexagon shapes perfectly complements the extensive use of warm-toned native wood for an inviting and unifying building.

It looks like a great place to explore – as you spiral up the building the spaces transform from lively, public areas into quiet reading and studying sanctuaries.

World’s greatest places - Calgary Library by Snohetta World’s greatest places - Calgary Library by Snohetta

Images sourced form Snohetta

Camp Adventure, Denmark

Created by architects EFFEKT, Camp Adventure is the ultimate forest playhouse. A 45-metre tall tower with a spiralling 900-metre accessible walkway, it’ll give you a whole new perspective as you traverse above the treetops to its incredible observation deck.

If the walk and the height isn’t enough to get the adrenalin flowing, there are also ziplines and a tree climbing course.

Images sourced from EFFEKT

The Shed, New York City

Clad in what looks like stretched cellophane bubble wrap, the Shed is a new, non-profit art hub in NYC. Hosting all types of events, from installations to galleries and performances, what’s so creative about this building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group is that it has a telescoping outer shell that transforms the open public plaza to an on-demand 17,200 sq ft light, sound and temperature-controlled hall.

World’s greatest places - bubble building by Rockwell Group World’s greatest places - bubble building by Rockwell Group World’s greatest places - bubble building by Rockwell Group

Images sourced from Diller Scofidio + Renfro

National Museum of Qatar

The giant interlocking discs of the new National Museum of Qatar are a sight to behold. Designed by architects Jean Nouvel to resemble the intricate crystal clusters of a desert rose, the challenging project to bring the 350m-long building to life means this museum is at the cutting-edge of technology, much like Qatar itself.

There are purposely hardly any vertical lines anywhere, floors are on the incline and geometric spaces rule where there are architectural surprises around every corner as you take a tour through Qatar’s history and its vision for the future

World’s greatest places in Doha World’s greatest places

Images sourced from Jean Nouvel

Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong

This show-stopping building in Hong Kong by Calgary architects Revery is the new home for Chinese opera. The gateway to the new art and culture hub the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), the Xiqu Centre is dedicated to the production, preservation and evolution of the traditional Chinese art-form.

The stunning facade is designed to resemble a glowing lantern hidden behind a stage curtain. Each set of aluminium metal curtains is pulled back at the four corners of the building, creating a free-flow of visitors to the interior exhibition courtyard.

The Grand Theatre itself however isn’t on the ground – you’ll find it 90ft in the air at the top of the building, surrounded by sky gardens for panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.

World’s greatest places - Revery Xiqu World’s greatest places - Revery Xiqu World’s greatest places - Revery Xiqu

Images sourced from Revery

V&A Dundee

The first design museum in Scotland, the new Victoria &Albert venue in Dundee has already become an integral part of the cultural landscape by protruding into the water of the River Tay.

Created by architects Kengo Kuma, the concrete-stacked building was inspired by the cliffs of the Orkney Islands and designed to reconnect the city with its waterfront.

World’s greatest places - VA Dundee by Kengo Kuma World’s greatest places - VA Dundee by Kengo Kuma

Images sourced from Kengo Kuma

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Posted: January 6, 2020

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