Jean Nouvel: Qatar National Museum - Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel: Qatar National Museum – Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

ArchiPanic’s 10 must-see cultural architectures that will open to the public in 2016 include the expansion of the Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron, a house-museum of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona and Jean Nouvel’s cultural institutions in the Middle East.

Santiago Calatrava: Museum of Tomorrow - Photo by Bernard Lessa.

Santiago Calatrava: Museum of Tomorrow – Photo by Bernard Lessa.

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava , the Museu do Amanhã, Museum of Tomorrow, inaugurated at the very end of december in Rio de Janeiro. The white building that features a cantilevering roof, stretches along a peer on Guanabara bay and faces a new plaza on Puerto Maravilha burgeoning neighbourhood.

Museum of Tomorrows was conceived as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet. The design was influenced by local culture, and explores the relationship between Rio de Janeiro and its surrounding Nature.

Santiago Calatrava: Museum of Tomorrow - Photo by Bernard Lessa.

Santiago Calatrava: Museum of Tomorrow – Photo by Bernard Lessa.

This spring, in Miami, Oma/Rem Koolhas are about to complete the Faena Forum, a new museum for contemporary art and a cultural project by Argentinian developer Alan Faena. The building’s design is inspired by New York’s Guggenheim by Frank Lloyd Wright and features two distinct volumes: a cylinder hosting a spiralling walkway along the sides and a cube with a hotel and meeting rooms.

Faena Arts Center, front. Image by dbox, courtesy of OMA.

Faena Arts Center, front. Image by dbox, courtesy of OMA.

On the occasion of Miami art & design week, ArchiPanic revealed some pictures of the almost complete art venue that will encourage cross-disciplinary exhibitions and installations to enrich the city’s cultural scene.

Faena Arts Center Construction Site, front - Photo by Philippe Ruault, courtesy of OMA.

Faena Arts Center Construction Site, front – Photo by Philippe Ruault, courtesy of OMA.

In London, a New Tate Modern is due to open on the 16th of June. Herzog & De Meuron designed a twisty tower rising behind the Bankside building created by master Giles Gill Scott. The 11 storey high tower extension features a perforated engineering brick facade that will allow the concrete-frame building to glow at night, with terraces overlooking the City.

Tate Modern, tower extension, South view - Photo by Herzog & de Meuron.

Tate Modern, tower extension, South view – Photo by Herzog & de Meuron.

Art changes, so we do” reads the Tate Modern’s new motto. The most visited museum in the world will use the extra 21,500 sqm for exhibitions and performances. “Because the real story is not the building, but the different kind of experience of art that we will create” said director Sir Nicholas Serota.

In Barcelona, fans of Antoni Gaudi will have the chance to visit its Casa Vicens that will open as a museum in the second half of the year. Designed by Gaudi when he was 30, and designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Casa Vicens was the architect first important project. The façade is tiled with Moorish patterns and red bricks creating a stunning example of experimentation on Art Nouveau.

Antoni Gaudi: Casa Vicens - Photo by Akarat Akwisarn Flickr CC.

Antoni Gaudi: Casa Vicens – Photo by Akarat Akwisarn Flickr CC.

On the 28th of May, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena will open the doors of Venice Architecture Biennale. The theme of the most influential architectural event is “Reporting from the front”. As appointed curator, Aravena said: “There are several battles that need to be won and several frontiers that need to be expanded in order to improve the quality of the built environment and, consequently, people’s quality of life”.

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Unlike military wars where nobody wins, on the front lines of the built environment, there is a sense of vitality because architecture is about looking at reality in a proposal key” added Aravena.


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Jean Nouvel: Abu Dhabi Louvre - Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel: Abu Dhabi Louvre – Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

At the end of 2016, Jean Nouvel will inaugurate two museums in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi Louvre in the United Arab Emirates and  Qatar National Museum in Doha.

Jean Nouvel: Abu Dhabi Louvre - Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel: Abu Dhabi Louvre – Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

The Abu Dhabi Louvre‘s building is already complete. The architecture features 9,200 square metres of art galleries and a large white dome with an intricate pattern that reminds the rain of light passing through palms leaves.

Jean Nouvel: Qatar National Museum - Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel: Qatar National Museum – Photo by Atelier Jean Nouvel.

The architecture of Qatar National Museum is inspired by rose deserts. “The building represents modernity and the audacity of this country but it also refers to its ancient history. That’s why I choose a symbolic image that evokes the passage of time” said Jean Nouvel.

At the very end of 2016 or in early 2017, Thomas Heatherwick will welcome visitors to discover the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. The museum housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront will showcase the most important collection of contemporary art in Africa and its diaspora.

Thomas Heatherwick: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town - Photo by Thomas Heatherwick.

Thomas Heatherwick: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town – Photo by Thomas Heatherwick.

The original building was densely packed with 42 vertical concrete tubes with no large space within. The studio carved galleries and a central circulation space from the silos’ cellular concrete structure, creating a cathedral-like central atrium filled with light from a glass roof.

Thomas Heatherwick: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town - Photo by Thomas Heatherwick.

Thomas Heatherwick: Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town – Photo by Thomas Heatherwick.

It’s almost complete also the National Museum of African American History and Culture that will welcome its first visitors this year next to Washington Monument in the US capital. The project was developed by four architecture firms: The Freelon Group; Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond and the SmithGroup.

National Museum of African American History and Culture - Photo by Freelon Group.

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Photo by Freelon Group.

In 2016 David Chipperfield will complete the restoration of Shanghai Rock Bund, a Chinese Art Deco district on the west bank of the Huangpu River.

David Chipperfield: Shanghai Rockbund - Photo by David Chipperfield Architects.

David Chipperfield: Shanghai Rockbund – Photo by David Chipperfield Architects.

The neighbourhood comprises a group of historic buildings reflecting the diversity of the colonial architecture on the northern part of the Bund. The Rockbund Project, is currently being revitalised by a team of international architects and will accommodate office complexes, hotels, retail premises, apartments and a museum.

David Chipperfield: Shanghai Rockbund - Photo by David Chipperfield Architects.

David Chipperfield: Shanghai Rockbund – Photo by David Chipperfield Architects.