January 31, 2017

This year we are set to see some truly phenomenal feats in architecture be constructed and opened across our city skylines. In this blog post we have picked three of our favourite structures that we believe will define architecture and engineering in 2017.

KieranTimberlake, U.S. Embassy, London

US Embassy London

It’s not unusual for American Embassy buildings to be prestigious. Across the globe many US Embassies have showcased the countries outstanding ability to design some of the world’s most spectacular structures, the KieranTimberlake, U.S. Embassy in London will be no exception.

KieranTimberlake were a relatively unknown firm based out of Philadelphia, however with the opening of this building later on in 2017 we’re sure we will be seeing many great things from them over the coming years.

Herzog & de Meuron, 56 Leonard, New York

56 Leonard Street NY

What can we say about this magnificent skyscraper? New York City doesn’t exactly lack in luxury high-rise apartments but 56 Leonard offers an exception. The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron have designed this 60-story skyscraper in the ever-trendy area of TriBeCa.

Their exquisite use of cantilevered terraces give each condo a different floorplan and give the entire structure the look and feel of a very glamourous Jenga tower. The construction of this building has been a long one, but it’s set to open its doors later on this year.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro

Museum Rio De Janeiro

To some eagle eyed readers this building may look familiar. This building provided the backdrop to the Olympic Volleyball games at Rio last year. Whilst many of you were watching the fantastic sporting spectacle happening on the sand, we were looking at the fantastic building behind it!

This structure sits exactly opposite the iconic Roberto Burle Marx’s Copacabana boardwalk and because of this the architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro have used the graphics as a source of inspiration for the ‘ribbon like’ façade of this building.

Brilliantly, eventually the visitors to the museum will be able to walk up the façade of the building via an external ramp that will lead them to the roof where they will be treated to spectacular views without having to pay the entrance fee!

The façade of the building was finished for the Olympics in 2016 but the interior is still not complete, fingers crossed this fantastic building will be open to the public in 2017.

There are many other fantastic buildings that are set to open their doors in 2017, perhaps too many to mention, these are just three of our favourites.

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