2016: The Year of Architectural Masterpieces


The year 2016 has witnessed some tremendous improvements in architecture. All over the world, architects have transformed familiar buildings into stunning masterpieces.

The buildings below are an example of what the best architects are capable of doing.

Inscape, Meditation Center in New York

A 5000-square foot meditation and relaxation studio in Manhattan that takes you away from the distractions of everyday life.

Oasia Hotel, Singapore

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This 27-storey iconic building features a vertical garden growing on its striking red facade. The facade is one of the most unique and boldest in Singapore’s Central Business District.

Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, New York

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A 100,000-square- foot, 14-story glass tower that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center to reflect how medicine is practiced.

Via West 57, New York

A luxury residential building that provides a dramatic visual gateway to Manhattan’s skyline along the Hudson River.

The Port House, Antwerp

The Port House comprises a new four-storey extension placed above a restored fire station. The architecture takes the form of an elevated extension, designed to ‘float’ above the existing building.

World Trade Center Oculus, New York

The Oculus serves as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, incorporating 78,000 square feet of multi level state-of-the-art retail and dining.

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Germany

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is one of the largest buildings in the world. It is a crystalline palace for music in the air, albeit on top of a large warehouse.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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The museum reopened again last year after nearly three years of renovation and expansion. The new wing’s facade is meant to evoke both the rippling waters of the San Francisco Bay and the city’s famous fog.

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC

The most symbolically important building of the year is made of 3,600 bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels. The building’s three-tiered shape evokes a traditional Yoruban crown.