Beijing New Airport by Zaha Hadid

12 buildings to look forward to in 2019

Beijing's Zaha Hadid-designed airport and the M+ museum of visual culture in Hong Kong are among Dezeen editor Amy Frearson's picks of the most exciting new buildings opening in 2019.


12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Beijing New Airport, China, by Zaha Hadid

Beijing New Airport, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects and ADPI

This year will see Beijing open its new airport, envisioned by the late Zaha Hadid as the largest passenger terminal in the world. Located on the opposite side of the city to Capital Airport, Beijing New Airport is expected to see 45 million passengers through its doors every year.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: M+ by Herzog & de Meuron

M+, Hong Kong, by Herzog & de Meuron

After much anticipation, 2019 will see the opening of M+, a major new museum in Hong Kong dedicated to art, design, architecture and film. It is set to become one of the largest museums of visual culture in the world, and claims to be unique in putting Asia at the centre of design history.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: 111 West 57th Street by SHoP Architects

111 West 57th, USA, by SHoP Architects

One of the most impressive new skyscrapers set to complete in 2019 has been described as the world's skinniest skyscraper. Under construction on the so-called Billionaire's Row in Manhattan, 11 West 57th will offer uninterrupted views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Panda House, Denmark, by BIG

Panda House, Denmark, by BIG

BIG has an array of projects set to complete in 2019, but one of the most fun is the new panda enclosure for Copenhagen Zoo. The structure will be yin-yang shaped in plan, creating a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces that include a bamboo grove and a "misty" forest.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing, China by MAD

Courtyard Kindergarten, China, by MAD

A big colourful playground will cover the roof of this kindergarten designed by MAD for Beijing. The vast space will give children freedom to explore – something not easily found in one of the world's biggest cities.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Kistefos Museum, Norway, by BIG

Tainan Axis, Taiwan, by MVRDV

This huge project by MVRDV will see a derelict shopping centre replaced with a sunken park, featuring a lagoon, a tree-lined promenade and a beach. Remnants of the old concrete structure, including square-sectioned columns, will be left as traces of the site's history.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Kistefos Museum, Norway, by BIG

Kistefos Museum, Norway, by BIG

Another BIG project, this twisted building will be a new art gallery in the Kistefos Sculpture Park near Oslo. Described by studio founder Bjarke Ingels as an "inhabitable bridge", the gallery will span a river.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Vessel, USA, by Heatherwick Studio

Vessel, USA, by Heatherwick Studio

This tower made out of 154 staircases is a new tourist attraction in the rising Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The honeycomb-like structure will offer visitors "new views and perspectives of each other", says designer Thomas Heatherwick.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: The Shed, USA, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The Shed, USA, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group

Another new addition to Manhattan's West Side, The Shed will be an expandable cultural venue, offering spaces for exhibitions, performances and events. Loosely based on Cedric Price's Fun Palace, it is being built alongside the High Line.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel, Netherlands, by OMA

Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel, Netherlands, by OMA

OMA is following up the popular De Rotterdam complex with a similar project in Amsterdam – a hotel tower made of three triangular glazed boxes, arranged at different angles in a stack. With 650 rooms, it will be the biggest hotel in the Netherlands.

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Hunter's Point Library, USA, by Steven Holl Architects

Hunter's Point Library, USA, by Steven Holl Architects

One of the more unusual projects completing this year, this library in Queens, New York, will be punctured by large irregular windows. According to architect Steven Holl, it is designed as an "engine of public space".

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12 new buildings to look forward to in 2019: Perspektivenweg, Austria, by Snøhetta

Perspektivenweg, Austria, by Snøhetta

Snøhetta will this year unveil a series of installations in the mountains around Innsbruck, offering viewpoints and rest spaces for hikers.