If you find yourself in the Arctic Circle this year and you start to feel that biting arctic wind then a quick trip to Kiruna, Sweden is in order! Warm up by visiting this beautifully designed new sauna, where temperatures reach up to 85 Celsius. Formed with 69 easily detachable pieces, the Solar Egg is a public sauna located in Kiruna and designed by the Swedish studio Bigert & Bergstrom. The gold mirrored material with which it is constructed reflects the entire landscape where this sauna is located. Landscape, mine, town, sky, sun and snow are here combined into a fragmented image that both evokes and reflects the myriad viewpoints on climate change and sustainability across the globe.
If you are looking for something a little more modern to visit around Paris, than perhaps Versailles, then this remarkable foundation building is your answer. Taking the form of a sailboat’s sails inflated by the wind, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is in perfect harmony in the Bois de Boulogne. A spectacular building designed by Frank O. Gehry. All around are the dazzling white curves, palpably expressive of Gehry’s architecture. The building is enormous and domineering of its surroundings, it is the epitome of what you would expect a Louis Vuitton foundation building to be!
Looking for beautiful scenery as well as modern architecture then look no further than the Huangshan Mountain Village designed by MAD Architects. It is located in an area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and near to the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi in China’s Anhui province. It is surrounded by the country’s most beautiful mountain range. This work highlights the cultural importance of the area and replicates the local topography, as well as providing the conveniences of modern living. The size of the buildings are manifold in appearance and height, and are in keeping with the immediate mountainous terrain.
In a city that has a skyline that reflects New York City, but also includes an Eiffel Tower, it really is quite a feat to create the city’s most distinguished building, and at the same time winning the Las Vegas Market’s 2018 Design Icon Award for doing so.
Frank Ghery’s design of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has been nothing short of remarkable. This world renowned architect manipulates space and materials to create stunning structures that captivate the imagination. The research centre is designed in the 61 acre Symphony Park, a development that aims to revitalise downtown Las Vegas, away from the bright lights of the Strip. This building is draped and wrapped with a gigantic metal clad façade, faced in shingled panels and punctured with a grid of windows.
If you are you looking for a perfect hideaway, then Bosjes, situated at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, has everything you could possibly need for a peaceful break. The journey to Bosjes will be worthwhile, if only to visit the architectural masterpiece that is the Bosjes Chapel.
Bosjes Chapel is designed by South-African born Coetzee Steubenville of London based Steyn Studios. This serene structure emulates the mountain chain that surrounds the building, while it’s white, clean pure lines contrast with the landscape in which it is located. Each wave of the roof structure then turns itself into its own walls and columns, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables which perimeter the rural landscapes of the Western Cape.
Lose yourself in a sea of books by visiting Binhai Library, nicknamed The Eye. Binhai Library is part of the Binhai Cultural Center. Seeking for a dialogue between the façade and the interior of the building, MVRDV architects designed this impressive library in China that has room for more than 1 million books. It features a luminous spherical atrium with bookshelves lining the walls, from floor to ceiling. The bookshelves that contour the walls are so enormous that visitors can walk along them.
Everyone’s inner child will come bursting out with a visit to The LEGO House in Billund, Denmark! Designed by BIG, the firm founded by young Danish architect Bjarke Ingles has given the toy scale of the classic LEGO an architectural scale. Located in the hometown of LEGO, this experience centre is already an icon in the city. It is designed using the same actual dimensions of LEGO bricks, theoretically you could actually build, it, and everything inside yourself!
The Aqua Tower, designed by the Studio Gang, is named in reference to the wave like design of the balconies. This building totals over 1.9 million square foot. The design was inspired by the striated limestone outcroppings common in the Great Lakes Area. This sinuous shape is not just a mere formal gesture but it is also a strategy to extend the views and maximise solar shading.
If you have a taste for Old Masters displayed within a truly modern setting then look no further than the Soumaya Museum. Undulating and with a silver structure that covers the entire Plaza de Corso, despite the controversy it generated at its inauguration in 2011, it has become one of the most important art museums in the country. The Soumaya Museum, designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero was financed by the businessman Carlos Slim who named the museum after his deceased wife, Soumaya.
Finding something new to do in London isn’t hard and visiting one of London’s most innovative buildings would be a good place to start. At the Roca Gallery in London you will find that part of its innovation is it’s inspiration that it gets from water. Water is definitely the key element of the Roca London Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. The effect of water erosion in the façade, and in the inside, resembles water drops and space age water carved waves. Roca tend to work, and have their galleries, designed only by local architects and they never choose the same architect twice.