The world has finally reopened. For so long, the world has operated in mini isolated bubbles. Parents were working remotely, students were learning from home, businesses were shut-down, and projects were put on hold or canceled indefinitely. Now that the world has reopened, architecture is ready and able to run wild.

Architecture reaches far beyond the structure’s functionality. Architecture is designed to provide usable and livable areas while simultaneously expressing thoughts, ideas, and movements. Architecture allows the artist (architect) to take inspiration from science and nature to build structures that are exciting and innovative. Below are 5 architect projects that are vertically shaping the world in 2022.

Sydney Modern Project:

Sydney Modern Project
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA /Art Gallery of New South Wales – © designboom

Located in Sydney, Australia this project will expand the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will be renovating the original building and creating a brand new on-site structure.

Kazuyo Sejima Ryue Nishizawa
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – © designboom

Their overall vision includes an “art garden”, additional public spaces, and a plaza that will link the new structure with the existing building. When the project is complete, it will almost double the current exhibition area.


San Pellegrino Flagship Factory:

SanPellegrino Flagship Factory
San Pellegrino Flagship Factory

Located in Bergamo, Italy, this project will include a renovation and expansion of the headquarters of San Pellegrino, an Italian mineral water brand. Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) won the design competition to spearhead this project.

Bjarke Ingels Group
Founding Partner – Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group – © Bjarke Ingels Group

Their design combines a visitor attraction with a need for an efficient and effective bottling plant. Classical Italian architecture such as porticos, arcades, and a piazza will be included. A key element of the vision will be a physical representation of the mineral water’s journey from mountain to bottle.


Qorner Tower:

Qorner Tower
Qorner Tower Image – © Safdie Architects

Located in Quito, Ecuador this project will be a visually stunning garden skyscraper.

Moshe Safdie
Moshe Safdie – © Safdie Architects

Safdie Architects will be structuring the tower as a Jenga configuration. This will create beautifully stacked plants and trees along both of the tower’s faces.
A living wall will be featured on the north-facing wall boosting a variety of native plant species. The tower will be one of the tallest structures in the South American city at 24 stories high.



Fotografiska Image – © bloomimages

Located in Berlin, Germany, this project will transform historic Kunsthaus Tacheles to the Fotografiska photography museum.

Herzong and De Meuron
Herzong & de Meuron – © Vitra.com


Werner Aisslinger
Werner Aisslinger founder Studio Aisslinger – © indesignlive.sg

This renovation project will be dually headed by Herzong & de Meuron and Studio Aisslinger. Upon completion, the project will have an exhibition space that extends three full floors.


Yongjia World Trade Center:

Yonjia WTC
Yongjia World Trade Center – © UNStudio

Located in Wenzhou, China, this project is completely inspired by the idea of objects standing on a tray. It will embody a green neighborhood in the sky.  UNStudio, a Dutch Architecture Firm, won the competition to design the Yongjia World Trade Center.

Ben Van Berkel Founder
Ben Van Berkel founder – © walterknoll.de

The projects will include four individual riverside plots each with interlocking frames. These frame overlaps will house the vertical neighborhood amenities such as lounges and gardens.

Architecture is an expression that has the ability to move the masses. The designs, size, shape, materials, texture, color, and ornamentation, can invoke happiness, comfort, and joy in the surrounding communities and inspire on a global scale. The above five awe-inspiring architectural projects are truly vertically shaping the world we live in and we can clearly see why!

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