Building high adding on and starting with carte blanche Architectural Digest takes a snapshot of the state of architecture today by looking at 14 new projects that do just that.
The quest to construct New York City’s tallest residence is changing the Manhattan skyline just as the world’s first super high-rise neighborhood is taking shape in Shanghai’s Pudong district. With his successful expansion of Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum under his belt, Renzo Piano flirts with historic structures in Boston and Paris, while Steven Holl goes face-to-face with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece of modern architecture in Glasgow, Scotland. Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Shigeru Ban make their marks with a string of new museums opening across North and South America. Thirty years after Coop Himmelb(l)au’s now iconic design for a remodel of a Vienna rooftop helped usher in Deconstructivist architecture, the firm’s fragmented forms are popping up in three major projects throughout Europe. Also early proponents of Deconstruction, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid trade in tortured typologies for soaring structures in China—the former with the Zhang ZhiDong and Modern Industrial Museum in Wuhan, China, the latter with the Jockey Club Innovation Tower in Hong Kong.
1. Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
For his first museum in the U.S., Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has devised a striking variation on the wood lattice of his idiosyncratic Centre Pompidou-Metz while at the same time paring down the structure. The boxy 33,000-square-foot Aspen Art Museum boasts three levels of exhibition space beneath a rooftop sculpture garden that offers mountain views. According to the museum’s CEO and director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, “Ban’s commitments to both the environment and humanitarian efforts made him a unanimous choice. His selection assured an architecturally appropriate, environmentally sound, and culturally significant venue for contemporary art in the core of Aspen.”
2. Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong