Urban landscapes around the world are changing daily with the emergence of new and architecturally exciting buildings. Some simply blend into their environments while others stand out and go on to become landmarks. According to the Almanac of Architecture & Design 2009, these are some of the world’s top new architectural wonders.
- Antonino Cardillo, House of Convexities, Barcelona, Spain
- Renzo Piano Building Workshop, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA
- J Mayer H Architects, Cumulus building, Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark
- Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Skirkanich Hall, University of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Holder Mathias Architects, Clyne Castle Houses, Swansea, UK
- Kieran Timberlake, Yale University Sculpture Building and Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
- Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter, Kalmar Museum of Art, Kalmar, Sweden
- Blank Studio, Xeros Residence, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Inspired by the Flamenco dance, this sophisticated piece of architecture flaunts its elegant twists and curves to give the impression of being in perpetual motion. And no small part is played by the way the interior light changes throughout the day as the shifting sun filters in through the window’s blades. At every succeeding instant, the building’s different elements — the curve of the walls, the arc of the roof, the straight lines of the windows — all enter into different relations with each other according to what the lights dictate.
ROHAN YUNG, ‘Rise of the new titans’, Going Places, Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur, May 2009, pp. 44‑45.