PROJECT DETAILS

PROJECT NAME
Tainan Xinhua Fruit and Vegetable Market
LOCATION
 Taiwan
ARCHITECT
MVRDV
CLIENT/OWNER
Tainan City Government Agriculture Bureau
PROJECT TYPES

Cultural
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
SIZE
861,113 sq. feet
YEAR COMPLETED
2020
SHARED BY
Miabelle Salzano
PROJECT STATUS
On the Boards/In Progress

PROJECT DESCRIPTION


8. Guangzhou Opera House

Guangzhou, China
Zaha Hadid Architects
2010
China’s building boom has produced some audacious projects, and few are as eye-popping as Zaha Hadid’s performance center for the southern industrial city of Guangzhou. The venue consists of two dynamic fluid-form structures, the larger housing an undulating, gilded 1,800-seat hall and the smaller home to a more intimate 400-seat space.


Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steelframed glass and granite panelsthe complexity of which led to...
Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steel-framed glass and granite panels—the complexity of which led to challenges during construction and in ongoing maintenance. But the futuristic complex is an emphatic statement on the ambitions of 21st-century China.Photo: Christian Richters/View/Artur Images

Both buildings are clad in great expanses of steel-framed glass and granite panels—the complexity of which led to challenges during construction and in ongoing maintenance. But the futuristic complex is an emphatic statement on the ambitions of 21st-century China.


Seville Spain   J. Mayer H. Architects 2011    When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in...
Seville, Spain J. Mayer H. Architects, 2011 When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in Seville’s Plaza de la Encarnación, city officials opted to commission this welcoming landmark instead.Photo: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre/View/Artur Images

9. Metropol Parasol

Seville, Spain
J. Mayer H. Architects
2011
When excavation for a parking garage unearthed Roman artifacts in Seville’s Plaza de la Encarnación, city officials opted to commission this welcoming landmark instead.


Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola part urban parlor. Viewing...
Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long, the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola, part urban parlor. Viewing platforms are perched atop the organic forms, which also shelter restaurants and an archaeological museum.Photo: Fernando Alda

Some 90 feet high and nearly 500 feet long, the billowing timber pavilion is part pergola, part urban parlor. Viewing platforms are perched atop the organic forms, which also shelter restaurants and an archaeological museum.


Mississauga Ontario   MAD Architects 2012    These residential highrises strike a voluptuous profile in Torontos largest...
Mississauga, Ontario MAD Architects, 2012 These residential high-rises strike a voluptuous profile in Toronto’s largest suburb. With continuous balconies and elliptical floor plans, the 50- and 56-story skyscrapers appear to shimmy and twist, each around its own axis.Photo: Roland Shainidze

7. Parrish Art Museum

Water Mill, New York
Herzog & de Meuron
2012
Topped by a double-gable roof of white corrugated metal, the Parrish’s strikingly horizontal new home melds brilliantly with its setting, nodding in form to both the traditional barns and the cottagelike artist studios that have long been associated with Long Island’s East End.
Inside the pouredconcrete structuredevised by architect Ascan Mergenthaler a senior partner at the Swiss firminviting...
Inside the poured-concrete structure—devised by architect Ascan Mergenthaler, a senior partner at the Swiss firm—inviting galleries joined by a central spine are warmed by natural-wood ceilings and abundant skylights.Photo: Iwan Baan
Inside the poured-concrete structure—devised by architect Ascan Mergenthaler, a senior partner at the Swiss firm—inviting galleries joined by a central spine are warmed by natural-wood ceilings and abundant skylights.
Guangzhou China   Zaha Hadid Architects 2010    Chinas building boom has produced some audacious projects and few are as...
Guangzhou, China Zaha Hadid Architects, 2010 China’s building boom has produced some audacious projects, and few are as eye-popping as Hadid’s performance center for the southern industrial city of Guangzhou. The venue consists of two dynamic fluid-form structures, the larger housing an undulating, gilded 1,800-seat hall and the smaller home to a more intimate 400-seat space.Photo: Hufton + Crow/View/Artur Images
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
2012
Familiar to watchers of last summer’s Olympic Games, this 72-story skyscraper—the tallest in Western Europe—has transformed the British capital’s skyline, rising arrestingly on the southern banks of the Thames. Inspired by church steeples, the structure comprises eight angled glass façades that variously reflect the surrounding city and sky and offer crystal-clear glimpses inside. Intended by Piano to act as a vertical village, the multifunctional building includes offices, apartments, restaurants, and a hotel—all crowned by a recently opened observation platform, which affords stunning views up to 40 miles in every direction.
Dallas   Morphosis Architects 2012    Architect Thom Mayne the Pritzker Prizewinning founder of Morphosis is famous for...
Dallas Morphosis Architects, 2012 Architect Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize–winning founder of Morphosis, is famous for breaking the mold, and his latest building is no exception. Sheathed in panels of textured concrete, it consists of a five-story cube, fractured at one corner and set atop a sweeping plinth planted with Texas grasses. Slashed across the cube’s exterior is a dramatic glass-enclosed escalator, which whisks visitors to the top-floor entrance to the exhibits.Photo: Roland Halbe

6. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Dallas
Morphosis Architects
2012
Architect Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize–winning founder of Morphosis, is famous for breaking the mold, and his latest building is no exception. Sheathed in panels of textured concrete, it consists of a five-story cube, fractured at one corner and set atop a sweeping plinth planted with Texas grasses. Slashed across the cube’s exterior is a dramatic glass-enclosed escalator, which whisks visitors to the top-floor entrance to the exhibits.
Water Mill New York   Herzog  de Meuron 2012    Topped by a doublegable roof of white corrugated metal the Parrishs...
Water Mill, New York Herzog & de Meuron, 2012 Topped by a double-gable roof of white corrugated metal, the Parrish’s strikingly horizontal new home melds brilliantly with its setting, nodding in form to both the traditional barns and the cottagelike artist studios that have long been associated with Long Island’s East End.Photo: Roland Halbe
Composed of eight connected towers, this mixed-use complex represents a compelling vision for 21st-century urban development. To combat the isolation often associated with luxury residential buildings and gated communities, the architects placed wide, open passages at ground level, ushering pedestrians into a series of public spaces that include gardens, shops, restaurants, and schools.
High overhead glassandsteel bridges also contain retail spaces and a caf providing another sphere for communityfostering...
High overhead, glass-and-steel bridges also contain retail spaces and a café, providing another sphere for community-fostering encounters between visitors and neighbors.Photo: Shu He
High overhead, glass-and-steel bridges also contain retail spaces and a café, providing another sphere for community-fostering encounters between visitors and neighbors.
London   Renzo Piano Building Workshop 2012    Familiar to watchers of last summers Olympic Games this 72story...

. HARPA Concert Hall and Conference Center

ReykjavÍk, Iceland
Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects
2011
Even before its official opening, this gemlike venue breathed new life into the Icelandic capital’s once-sleepy harbor, captivating locals and luring visitors with its kaleidoscopic façade of multicolor glass. The crystalline shell, conceived by artist Olafur Eliasson, wonderfully complements the structure’s aggregate of jagged, geometric volumes. At night, exterior LED strips activate, transforming the waterfront landmark into a shimmering beacon of beauty.
Dubai United Arab Emirates   Skidmore Owings  Merrill 2010    Rising a dizzying 2717 feet above the desert this...
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 2010 Rising a dizzying 2,717 feet above the desert, this spectacular supertower reigns as the tallest structure in the world. Its 162 floors contain offices, residences, restaurants, an Armani hotel, and an observation deck, 124 stories up. The strength of its design stems not only from its awe-inspiring verticality but also from its sleek silhouette. Wrapped in a glass curtain wall with steel mullions that catch the Arabian sun, the building tapers gradually from its Y-shaped base, with setbacks culminating in a 700-foot spire.Photo: Iwan Baan

2. Burj Khalifa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
2010
Rising a dizzying 2,717 feet above the desert, this spectacular supertower reigns as the tallest structure in the world. Its 162 floors contain offices, residences, restaurants, an Armani hotel, and an observation deck, 124 stories up. The strength of its design stems not only from its awe-inspiring verticality but also from its sleek silhouette. Wrapped in a glass curtain wall with steel mullions that catch the Arabian sun, the building tapers gradually from its Y-shaped base, with setbacks culminating in a 700-foot spire.
Singapore   Wilkinson Eyre Architects Grant Associates 2012    Sidebyside parabolic conservatories of glass and steel...
Singapore Wilkinson Eyre ArchitectsGrant Associates, 2012 Side-by-side parabolic conservatories of glass and steel anchor this cutting-edge botanical garden in Singapore’s booming Marina Bay district. Named the 2012 building of the year by the World Architecture Festival, the Wilkinson Eyre–designed structures replicate distinct climates—one dry, the other humid—allowing for diverse attractions like a flower meadow and a misty mountain forest.Photo: Craig Sheppard

3. Gardens by the Bay

Singapore
Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Grant Associates
2012
Side-by-side parabolic conservatories of glass and steel anchor this cutting-edge botanical garden in Singapore’s booming Marina Bay district. Named the 2012 building of the year by the World Architecture Festival, the Wilkinson Eyre–designed structures replicate distinct climates—one dry, the other humid—allowing for diverse attractions like a flower meadow and a misty mountain forest.
No less extraordinary is the adjoining grove of vertical gardens by Grant Associates. Visitors can stroll an elevated...
No less extraordinary is the adjoining grove of vertical gardens by Grant Associates. Visitors can stroll an elevated walkway connecting the “supertrees,” some of which are fitted with photovoltaic cells to harness solar energy.Photo: Craig Sheppard
No less extraordinary is the adjoining grove of vertical gardens by Grant Associates. Visitors can stroll an elevated walkway connecting the “supertrees,” some of which are fitted with photovoltaic cells to harness solar energy.
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