Will 2020 be a good year for architecture? Here are 5 new buildings from Paris to Tokyo that will make builders’ hearts skip a beat.
The GES-2 by Renzo Piano
The year promises to be very rich in terms of new museums around the world. In Moscow, the GES-2, a gigantic museum of Contemporary art designed by the architect Renzo Piano, will be inaugurated in September. The building, a former industrial site located on the banks of the Moscow River, will have a surface of more than 51,000 m2 and will come with an amphitheatre, an educational centre and artist residences. It was funded by the Russian multimillionaire Leonid Mikhelson.
Bourse du Commerce – Pinault Collection
François Pinault will soon have his own museum in Paris, in the heart of the capital. Named Bourse de commerce – Pinault Collection, it will open next spring in the circular building where the prices of raw materials were once established. Nestled between La Poste du Louvre and La Samaritaine, this project unites heritage and very contemporary art and is a response to the Louis Vuitton Foundation, owned by Bernard Arnault, his main rival. The huge painted decoration of 1889 under the 40 m dome, has been restored and overlooks the cylinder of clear concrete which has been drawn as an architectural gesture by the Japanese Tadao Ando.
The New Munch Museum in Oslo
The cranes overlooking the museum dedicated to the painter Edvard Munch, located in the centre of Oslo, should stop working this year. With its height of 58 metres and a total surface of 26,000 square metres, it is the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single artist. Led by Madrid architect Juan Herreros, this 13-floor structure will house more than half of Munch’s work, including 1,150 paintings and more than 18,000 engravings, 7,700 drawings and watercolours and 13 sculptures. The artist, who died in 1944, donated his entire collection to the City of Oslo, but the museum dedicated to him since 1963 turned out to be too small. Planned to welcome the public as early as spring, this building of steel, concrete and perforated aluminium, almost did not see the light of day, because it had become an object of discord in the political game of the city.
The Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo Games-2020
It should have hosted the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games. The National Stadium of Tokyo, designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in the shape of a futuristic horseshoe crab, will never be inaugurated. The issue: its unreasonable costs of 2,1 billion euros. Instead, the Japanese city preferred to start from scratch to replace the Old National Stadium, which had hosted the 1964 Olympics. With a new architect: the Japanese Kengo Kuma. Equipped with a retractable roof and removable stands, the stadium will accommodate 68,000 spectators. Although it gives pride of place to traditional Japanese construction techniques and natural elements such as wood and plants, it is a compendium of futuristic technologies that will still have cost 1.1 billion euros.
The Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam
In 1993, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries founded the MVRDV agency in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since then, they have prescribed their optimistic and uninhibited way of doing architecture. At the end of the year, they will unveil the highly anticipated Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Located next to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam’s thriving Museumpark, this impressive structure will house some 70,000 works of art. It will be the first such repository to allow access to the public without the accompaniment of a curator.