‘This lithe and festive structure came truly alive in the popular imagination’, Hastings Pier is selected by the BBC as one of the best buildings of 2017.
The BBC’s Eight Best Buildings
Hastings Pier, East Sussex, UK by dRMM
This lithe and festive structure came truly alive in the popular imagination when it won the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Turner Prize. Alex de Rijke and Sadie Morgan’s firm, dRMM, worked not only as designers but also very much as part of the local initiative
Lego House, Billund, Denmark by BIG
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG has made its name with bold, highly expressive buildings that, rarely less than controversial, make perfect sense in the context of a brightly coloured Lego visitor centre that can be clambered over and explored in artful, knowing and playful fashion.
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech by Studio Ko
Its interlaced terracotta brick façade is designed to represent fabric, wool or tweed maybe, while the creamy smooth walls of the entrance lobby is silk-like. It is as if visitors are stepping into, or perhaps putting on, a bespoke building much, as they might an Yves Saint Laurent outfit.
Juergen Teller studio, London, UK by 6a architects
Set in an inner suburban London street, this subtle yet unpretentious studio for Juergen Teller, the German-born artist and photographer, shows how much can be achieved on awkward and narrow city plots. An unassuming grey concrete façade conceals a building formed of three individual blocks, raw textured concrete is offset by abundant daylight, plays of shadows and greenery.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, UEA by Jean Nouvel
Nouvel’s new Louvre takes the form of a stylised contemporary medina based on traditional Arab city centres, surrounded by walls and characterised by maze-like alleys. The museum’s 23 galleries are like individual city buildings shielded from the sun by the vast and intricate dome that appears to float above them.
Napoli-Afragola railway station, Naples, Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects
This striking new station, one of 13 for Italy’s expanding high-speed rail network, writhes up and over eight railway tracks, connecting once-divided outer suburbs of Naples. It is both a spectacular, snake-like bridge expressing the dynamism of Italy’s 300kph railways and their equally serpentine trains.
Tianjin Binhai Library, Tianjin, China by MVRDV
The façade of this eye-catching Chinese public library resembles a giant eye staring back at the beholder, and, of course, at the legions of tourists who will want to photograph this most photogenic building. The pupil of the eye is a circular auditorium poised at the centre of a swirling five-storey-high, eye-socket-like library hall.
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany by Herzog & de Meuron
Hamburg’s long-awaited and hugely expensive Elbphilarmonie was, perhaps, the architectural highlight of 2017, certainly in terms of new civic buildings. It ticks so many boxes. Here is an operatic yet perfectly sane design bringing richly dynamic new life into an old urban dockland that had lost much of its purpose.
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