Best cultural spaces of 2018

Our cream of the crop of cultural venues all share one common feature – an expertly executed roof. From thatch to concrete and tile to amphitheatre, we continue our run down of the Best of 2018.

Wadden Sea Centre by Dorte Mandrup

Thick thatch is carved to ceate the striking roof of Dorte Mandrup’s visitor centre for the Wadden Sea mashland in Ribe, Denmark – a UNESCO protected habitat for migrating birds. The locally harvested water reeds used for the roof offer a direct connection to the site, which completed in 2017 and is approaching its first year in use. 

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Amos Rex Museum by JKMM

Five tentacle-like protrusions stretch in opposing directions in a square to bring light down into the Amos Rex art museum extension below. The tiled manmade hills, or canons de lumière, double as a resting spot for visitors to the gallery in Helsinki, Finland. 

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National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts by Mecanoo

An amphitheatre is sunken into the roof of Mecanoo’s cultural centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, which dips down to meet a vast subtropical park. The centre brings together Taiwan's national theatre, concert tall under one great undulating roof. 

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Saya Park by Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira