Architecture watch: Top 3 new openings in 2017

Architecture watch: Top 3 new openings in 2017

Denmark, KSA, South Africa

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Editor: Shannon Wylie

More than just buildings, these are the new architectural masterpieces that will dominate the skylines for years to come.

As the UAE, and the world, eagerly anticipates the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a trio of new structures are preparing to open their doors. From the home of a much-loved Scandinavian brand to a historic arts centre and a forward-looking hub for culture, these are the new must-visit places in 2017.

Lego House, Denmark

Designed by architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Lego House will combine innovative spaces along with aesthetics that reflect its trademark blocks. The new hub will be divided into four coloured areas that will showcase everything from Lego history and evolution to impressive creations. "The building itself reflects what Lego play and the Lego values are all about," said Jesper Vilstrup, General Manager of Lego House. "The Lego brick has been incorporated into the architecture in a simple, but ingenious way, and visualises the systematic creativity that lies at the very core of all Lego play."

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Lego House is set to open on September 28.

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, KSA

Designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture was created to be a focal point for cultural development in KSA, with designated spaces for performing arts – a 930-seat auditorium and a cinema – a well-stocked library and an exhibition hall. Discover the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture here...

Although the opening date hasn't been confirmed, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture has been scheduled for a 2017 launch.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, South Africa

The brief to London's Heatherwick Studio was to take Cape Town's historic Grain Silo complex and turn it into the first major museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa. Embracing the tubular shapes, the design team created an interior that houses a main hall that mimics the inside of a cathedral, complemented by a glass roof to add a sense of space and airiness.

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The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open on September 15.

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