Best 10 architecture projects of 2021

A selection of buildings and interventions published this year: from the inauguration of important cultural centers, to more daring spatial experiments.

After long months of paralysis of an entire sector, architecture finally breathed again this year, at least partially, between the resumption of construction sites and important inaugurations. In 2021, in fact, important new cultural institutions were finally opened to the public, many of them signed by internationally renowned architectural firms.

Architectural practice thus returns – after the period of global emergency – to its concreteness, between plastic volumes and specific materiality. We have therefore selected for you projects from all over the world, from Indonesia to China and the nearest European capitals.

David Chipperfield completes the refurbishment of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

It was perhaps inevitable that David Chipperfield would be the one who takes on the refurbishment of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie. The most “modern” of contemporary designers, who through his works has been reaffirming for decades the relevance of the architectural modernity's cultural project, has now the occasion to operate firsthand on a major realization by the 20th century master. Read the full article here.

This space is a metaphor for Paris’ urbanity

Architecture can create intimate relationships with its context and a unique dialogue with art and craftsmanship. This is the case with 35 Green Corner Building, designed by Anne Holtrop in Muharraq, Bahrain, which serves as a warehouse and archive for an art collection. The building features structural concrete blocks, made by directly moulding the soil of the site, which thus becomes the generator of the building. Read the full article here.

This space is a metaphor for Paris’ urbanity

Born in 18th century as the Halle aux Blés, a grain and commodity exchange originally conceived by Nicolas Le Camus de Mézières, to then survive through the decades right in the middle of the “belly of Paris”, the ever-changing area of Les Halles, the Bourse de Commerce has finally reopened as the home to François Pinault’s art collection. The result of a 5-year long process, the project has the foundations of its simplicity rooted into a great depth of elaboration, and mostly into a close relationship between Tadao Ando and the city of Paris. Read the full article here.

A gym under impressive bamboo arches in Bali

At the Green School in Bali, in the middle of the Ayung River Valley, the tension and balance of the arch creates a spectacular bamboo structure. The architecture was founded and built in 2008 by a Canandian couple in collaboration with master craftsmen, architects, permaculturists and philosophers, with the idea of creating a school with a holistic approach able to convey an ecological education through learning in the middle of nature. Read the full article here.

Herzog & de Meuron complete Küppersmühle Museum extension

The German Museum of Modern Art reopens to the public with 36 new exhibition rooms and 300 works from the Ströher Collection: the annex block takes its cue from the existing building, a 1999 project by the Basel studio. After four years of construction, the extension to the Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg, Germany, has been completed: the annex, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, takes its cue from the existing building – a historic grain mill converted into a museum in 1999 by the same Basel-based firm. Leggi l’articolo completo.

MVRDV’s Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen opens in Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Museumpark, a legendary late post-modern public space design realized by Yves Brunier and OMA between the 1980s and the 1990s, hosts the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen by MVRDV. The namesake museum, located on the park’s threshold, is extended through a massive and just as simplified architecture: a single isolated bowl-like volume, entirely clad in mirrored glass panels. Read the full article here.

A music school that reconnects the city