Building an Identity


he pursuit of vertical dreams is still alive as far as architects are concerned and their designs are amongst some of the most *anticipated buildings of 2018.


V&A Museum of Design Dundee

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) Museum of Design Dundee is Scotland’s first ever museum that is dedicated to design and opens 15 September 2018. It is being created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates). The building will be a landmark structure located at the centre of the Dundee City waterfront.

V A Museum of Design Dundee
V&A Museum of Design Dundee, Scotland by Kengo Kuma.

ARC Power Plant

The ARC Power Plant is in Copenhagen, Denmark. The futuristic waste management building that will also have an artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area which opens in autumn 2018. This power plant has a giant chimney way up on top will be blowing noticeable giant smoke rings, which will be emitted and be visible every time 250 kilos of carbon dioxide has been released into the atmosphere. It’s designer is the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (Bjarke Ingels Group).

ARC Power Plant
ARC Power Plant, by Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Institute for Contemporary Art

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virgina, is set to open in April 2018. The architect Steven Holl (New York-based Steven Holl Architects) is behind the design of the building which centers around a double-height atrium and consists of irregularly shaped blocks that are also eco-friendly.

Institute for Contemporary Art
Institute for Contemporary Art, by Steven Holl Architects (Richmond, Virginia).

Menil Drawing Institute

The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas will be the only free-standing building in the U.S. devoted to the study and display of works on paper. The institute is due to open this space sometime in 2018. It was designed by the Los Angeles–based firm Johnston Marklee. The wide roof overhangs and the surrounding trees shade the building from the Houston heat but also allow natural light which is modulated so you don’t get problems with glare but get a pleasant effect of soft gentle light instead into certain spaces through full-height windows.

Menil Drawing Institute
The Menil Drawing Institute, by Johnston Marklee (Houston, Texas).

Nanjing Green Towers

The Nanjing Green Towers will rise above the Nanjing Pukou District in China. These two green vertical towers were designed by Italian-born architect Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti). As designers of the first vertical forest in Milan, they have brought their concept of vertical green towers to Nanjing, China. The intent of the green towers is to provide the city with a breath of fresh air as the region is suffering from some of the worst carbon dioxide emissions on the planet, and should produce around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. These towers are a result of the pursuit of vertical green dreams that have ignored human scale.

Nanjng Green Towers China
Nanjing Green Towers, by Stefano Boeri Architetti (Nanjing, China).


These are just some of the buildings that made the Architectural Digest’s list of “12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018.” They are buildings that will create an identity for their home cities. Other buildings will be looked at in a future post. 

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