Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD architects in Los Angeles, United States - Image by the Lucas Museum.

10 architectural museums and cultural venues to look forward in 2022. Image by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Architecture – A Beijing library inspired by a ginkgo tree forest by Snøhetta, an infamous former Berlin squat turned into a temple for photography by Herzog & de Meuron feature in our list comprising 10 architectural museums set to inaugurate in 2022.

House of Hungarian Music

Sou Fujimoto – Budapest, Hungary

House of Hungarian Music by Sou Fujimoto - courtesy of © Varosliget Zrt

© Varosliget Zrt.

On January 22, Sou Fujimoto will inaugurate the House of Hungarian Music museum that is part of the Liget Project, one of Europe’s largest cultural urban developments. The building features a distinctive floating roof inspired by sound waves, under which sits a building “seamlessly blending into nature as a continuation of the park itself,” explains the Japanese architect. The roof is perforated with lightwells to create a natural, illuminated interior further lit by a wrapped glazed façade. Read more…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

MAD architects – Los Angeles, United States

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD architects in Los Angeles, United States - Image by the Lucas Museum.

Image by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

In Los Angeles, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD architects is nearing completion. The studio designed an 11-acre campus with extensive new green space by Studio-MLA – embracing the museum’s 300,000-square-foot building, which will feature expansive galleries, two state-of-the-art theaters, and dedicated spaces for learning and engagement, dining, retail, and events. Read more…

Dance House Helsinki

JKMM – Helsinki, Finland

Dance House Helsinki by JKMM architects with ILO architects in Helsinki, Finland - © Hannu Rytky.

© Hannu Rytky, courtesy of JKMM.

On February 2, JKMM and ILO architects will inaugurate the Dance House Helsinki. Located within a former 1940’s Cable Factory, “the architecture takes its inspiration from dance, playing with illusions of lightness and heaviness.” The building’s industrial aesthetic also reads like a machine. The state-of-the-art black box theatres are its internal engine. A glazed courtyard will serve as an important shared public space for the Cable Factory as a whole. “Dancers and performers will complete the architecture.”

Norway National Musem

Kleihues + Schuwerk – Oslo, Norway

Norway National Musem by Kleihues + Schuwerk in Oslo, Norway - Photo by Iwan Baan

Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Norway National Musem.

On June 11, the Norway National Museum by studio Kleihues + Schuwerk will open its doors with more than 5000 works, from antiquity to the museum’s most recent contemporary acquisitions. The building also includes a spectacular space for temporary exhibitions – the Light Hall situated on the roof – as well as a large open-air roof terrace, cafés, a shop, and the largest art library in the Nordic region. Read more…

Taipei Performing Arts Centre

OMA, Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei Performing Art Center OMA - Photo © Chris Stowers.

Photo © Chris Stowers.

This summer, the Taipei Performing Arts Centre by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA will inaugurate a theatre complex in the Taiwanese capital. “Located at the Shilin Night Market marked by its vibrant street culture, TPAC is an architecture in limbo: specific yet flexible, undisrupted yet public, iconic without being conceived as such.” Three theaters are plugged into a central cube allow performing spaces to be coupled for new theatrical possibilities. The cube is lifted off the ground for a Public Loop to extend the street life of Taipei on site. An 800-seat playhouse will be contained inside a huge sphere.

Fotografiska Berlin

Herzog & de Meuron – Berlin, Germany

Fotografiska Berlin by Herzog & de Meuron in Berlin, Germany - Photo via IG @fotografiska

Photo via IG @fotografiska.

At the Kunsthaus Tacheles, a former department store turned into a Nazi prison and then into a squat, the new Fotografiska Berlin by Herzog & de Meuron is expected to open to the public this year. “Kunsthaus Tacheles is listed as a cultural heritage site. It has therefore been decided in close consultation with the responsible authorities that the facade and certain rooms in the building will be restored. Damages from the war, as well as artistic choices made over the past 80 years, will be retained and even made visible.”

Grand Egyptian Museum

Henegan Peng Architects – Giza, Egypt

Grand Egyptian Museum by Henegan Peng in Giza, Egypt - Photo via Instagram by @grand_egyptian_museum.

Photo via Instagram by @grand_egyptian_museum.

In November 2022, the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum by Henegan Peng Architects will finally open. Located at the edge of the first desert plateau between the pyramids and Cairo, the massive museum features a 24,000 square meter permanent exhibition space hosting the Tutankhamen collection, a children’s museum, a conference center, a conservation center and gardens. The building’s façade features a giant triangular pattern and stretches on a 50m level slope, recalling the difference in height created as the Nile carves its way through the desert. A front surface defined by a veil of translucent stone will transform from day to night.

Beijing Sub-Center Library

Snøhetta – Beijing, China

Beijing Sub-Center Library by Snøhetta in Beijing, China - Photo by ©Plomp.

© Plomp, courtesy of Snøhetta.

Due to be completed by the end of 2022, the Beijing Sub-Center Library by Norwegian studio Snøhetta was designed to reflect a ginkgo-tree forest canopy. “The stepped landscape areas with the tree-like surroundings invite people to sit down and take a break at any time on their journey through the building – creating an informal zone and the notion of sitting under a tree reading your favorite book.” Read more…

Art Gallery New South Wales

SANAA – Sydney, Australia

Art Gallery New South Wales by SANAA in Sydney, Australia - Image by AGNSW.

Image by Art Gallery New South Wales.

At the end of 2022, Kazuyo Sejima’s SANAA is set to complete the expansion of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sidney, Australia. The Pritzker awarded studio inaugurates a new standalone building that will almost double the Gallery’s exhibition space, revitalising its much-loved late-19th-century neo-classical building and creating a new public art garden and civic space. The design incorporates a series of pavilions that step down through the site, following the natural topography of the land towards Sydney Harbour.

Museum of the Future

Shaun Killa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Museum of the Future by KillaDesign - Courtesy of ©KillaDesign.


Adjacent to the Emirates Towers, the long-awaited Museum of the Future by Shaun Killa will finally open its doors. The 30,000 square meters and 77m high building is shaped like an eye with a hollowed-out middle. Window designs, in the form of Arabic calligraphy, based on the Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed’s quotes, are intricately 3D mapped onto the curved skin. Expected to inaugurate in 2021, it will open in late 2022.