Most innovative architects around the world have set out to respond to one of society’s greatest challenges: designing a world today that can adapt to a radically different tomorrow. From energy and power to healthcare. Countries around the world has a well-balanced range of projects that have broken ground.
The following are some of the world ongoing mega projects.
King Abdullah Petroleum Studies Research Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, Suadi Arabia
Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in the Saudi capital was completed last year.
The facility aims to attract international researchers to investigate the transition towards more sustainable power sources, as a non-profit independent institution, despite Saudi Arabia being one of the most oil-rich countries in the world.The five interconnected buildings are designed with a hexagonal honeycomb structure, so that each can be expanded if the centre grows in the future.
Ghana National Cathedral, Ghana
The Ghana National Cathedral is envisioned as a “physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality” .The Cathedral will be located on a 14-acre site adjacent to Osu Cemetery near Independence Square and the Accra Sports Stadium. Construction is set to commence in 2019.
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) , India
The GIFT city project which kicked off in 2016 was conceived to focus on promoting India as a financial power. It will cover a construction area of 8.5 million square metres. 200 skyscrapers, some upwards of 80 metres tall, will dot the area, rivalling other financial districts in scope.
Dawang Mountain Resort, China
Want never before seen design? How about resort built above an old rock quarry with 200 feet waterfall rushing down? This project built to span between two cliffs, combines an indoor ski slope, a water park and an ice world with a hotel, restaurant and shopping.
Jeddah Tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Suadi Arabia
Set to become the world’s tallest building, the Jeddah Tower is currently under construction. It will stand at the heart of the Jeddah Economic City development of offices, residential apartments and shopping malls, designed to rival downtown downtown Dubai.
Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the skyscraper will be at least 1,000 metres when it completes in 2020, taking the title of world’s tallest building from the 828 metre-tall (2,716 feet) Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Mesob Tower, Ethopia
Mesob Tower is unique and reflects Ethiopia’s culture. The public-private partnership development upon completion, will contribute to, inflow of tourists and will also enhance the positive image of the country.
The 70-storey development will be located in the country’s capital city, in Addis Ababa. It will be 250 metres high and will sit on a 20,000 square meters of land. The US $681m project will feature hotels, shopping malls, a cultural center representative of all regions of Ethiopia, a gym and a golf club, among other things. The development is projected to be completed in five years’ time.