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Exciting architecture projects to look forward to in 2019

Exciting architecture projects...
The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019
The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019
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The Bjarke Ingels Group-led CopenHill is a power station with a smoke ring generator that will expel a ring each time 250 kg of carbon dioxide is produced
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The Bjarke Ingels Group-led CopenHill is a power station with a smoke ring generator that will expel a ring each time 250 kg of carbon dioxide is produced
CopenHill also sports a ski slope atop its roof
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CopenHill also sports a ski slope atop its roof
CopenHill is currently undergoing testing
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CopenHill is currently undergoing testing
CopenHill is located in Copenhagen
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CopenHill is located in Copenhagen
Under is designed by Snøhetta
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Under is designed by Snøhetta
Snøhetta likens Under to an oversized periscope
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Snøhetta likens Under to an oversized periscope
Under is due to be completed in March, 2019 
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Under is due to be completed in March, 2019 
Under will measure 600 sq m (6,458 sq ft) and sport 1 m (3.2 ft)-thick concrete walls to protect it from the crashing waves
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Under will measure 600 sq m (6,458 sq ft) and sport 1 m (3.2 ft)-thick concrete walls to protect it from the crashing waves
Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface
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Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface
Under is located in Norway's southernmost tip
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Under is located in Norway's southernmost tip
Under will be submerged and secured to the sea floor
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Under will be submerged and secured to the sea floor
Under is designed by Snøhetta
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Under is designed by Snøhetta
Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface
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Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface
Under will sport a large panoramic window to offer diners a view of the seabed as they eat
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Under will sport a large panoramic window to offer diners a view of the seabed as they eat
The late Zaha Hadid's only residential project in the western hemisphere, Miami's One Thousand Museum is very much aimed at the well-heeled and is billed as a "Six Star" residence
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The late Zaha Hadid's only residential project in the western hemisphere, Miami's One Thousand Museum is very much aimed at the well-heeled and is billed as a "Six Star" residence
One Thousand Museum features just 83 residences in all, with apartments measuring between 4,600 and 9,900 sq ft (427 - 919 sq m)
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One Thousand Museum features just 83 residences in all, with apartments measuring between 4,600 and 9,900 sq ft (427 - 919 sq m)
Each home in the One Thousand Museum will boast multiple balconies and the building overlooks the famous Biscayne Bay 
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Each home in the One Thousand Museum will boast multiple balconies and the building overlooks the famous Biscayne Bay 
One Thousand Museum sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
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One Thousand Museum sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
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One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
One Thousand Museum rises to a height of 215 m (706 ft)-high and sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
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One Thousand Museum rises to a height of 215 m (706 ft)-high and sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
One Thousand Museum features just 83 residences in all, with apartments measuring between 4,600 and 9,900 sq ft (427 - 919 sq m)
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One Thousand Museum features just 83 residences in all, with apartments measuring between 4,600 and 9,900 sq ft (427 - 919 sq m)
One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
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One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
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One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year
One Thousand Museum sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
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One Thousand Museum sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
Gardenhouse, by MAD Architects, is due to be completed later this year
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Gardenhouse, by MAD Architects, is due to be completed later this year
 Gardenhouse is a high-end residential project meant to resemble a small village on top of a hill
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 Gardenhouse is a high-end residential project meant to resemble a small village on top of a hill
Gardenhouse consists of a large podium with 18 houses atop
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Gardenhouse consists of a large podium with 18 houses atop
"We want to bring the green atmosphere into what would traditionally be considered compact, condo living, by breaking down the scale and massing of the building," says MAD
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"We want to bring the green atmosphere into what would traditionally be considered compact, condo living, by breaking down the scale and massing of the building," says MAD
"Rather than develop architecture where nature exists around the building, we want to give residents the experience of being in the middle of nature, while they enjoy the conveniences of big city living," adds MAD
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"Rather than develop architecture where nature exists around the building, we want to give residents the experience of being in the middle of nature, while they enjoy the conveniences of big city living," adds MAD
Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery
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Once completed, Gardenhouse's podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery
Gardenhouse's residences are arranged to foster the feel of a small private neighborhood
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Gardenhouse's residences are arranged to foster the feel of a small private neighborhood
Vessel, by Heatherwick Studio, comprises 54 interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps, and 80 landings
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Vessel, by Heatherwick Studio, comprises 54 interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps, and 80 landings
Vessel is being fabricated in Italy by Cimolai
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Vessel is being fabricated in Italy by Cimolai
Vessel is constructed from steel and will rise to a total height of 150 ft (45 m)
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Vessel is constructed from steel and will rise to a total height of 150 ft (45 m)
Vessel has begun construction and is expected to open in early 2019
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Vessel has begun construction and is expected to open in early 2019
How Vessel is expected to look once complete
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How Vessel is expected to look once complete
Vessel is expected to be completed in early 2019
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Vessel is expected to be completed in early 2019
Russia's Lakhta Center, by RMJM and Gorproject, reaches a height of 462 m (1,516 ft), making it the tallest building in Europe
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Russia's Lakhta Center, by RMJM and Gorproject, reaches a height of 462 m (1,516 ft), making it the tallest building in Europe
The Lakhta Center is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and is designed by Gorproject/RMJM
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The Lakhta Center is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and is designed by Gorproject/RMJM
The Lakhta Center takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom
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The Lakhta Center takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom
The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries
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The construction of the Lakhta Center involved 20,000 people from 18 countries
The Lakhta Center required concrete foundations to be poured continuously for some 49 hours straight
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The Lakhta Center required concrete foundations to be poured continuously for some 49 hours straight
The Lakhta Center required Europe's tallest crane
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The Lakhta Center required Europe's tallest crane
The Lakhta Center consists of the actual tower itself and an ongoing masterplan,  including an adjacent sports complex and exhibition halls
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The Lakhta Center consists of the actual tower itself and an ongoing masterplan,  including an adjacent sports complex and exhibition halls
The construction photos of the Lakhta Center shown were taken in 2017 but it's now almost complete
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The construction photos of the Lakhta Center shown were taken in 2017 but it's now almost complete
The Lakhta Center's interior is now being finished
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The Lakhta Center's interior is now being finished
The Lakhta Center's facade comprises 16,505 pieces of glass
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The Lakhta Center's facade comprises 16,505 pieces of glass
The Beijing Daxing International Airport is being constructed in Beijing's Daxing District and takes the form of a massive mutant starfish
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The Beijing Daxing International Airport is being constructed in Beijing's Daxing District and takes the form of a massive mutant starfish
Beijing Daxing International Airport is slated as the world's largest airport
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Beijing Daxing International Airport is slated as the world's largest airport
The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019
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The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019
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2018 was an outstanding year for architecture, but 2019 is shaping up to be just as exciting too, and there are already several noteworthy projects on the horizon. From a supertall skyscraper to a massive airport terminal shaped like a starfish, here's our pick of projects to look forward to this year.

Though issues arise and buildings sometimes get delayed at the last hurdle, we've focused on projects that are, as of writing, expected to be completed in 2019. Read on below to see our pick and you can also hit the gallery to see more of each project.

CopenHill - BIG

CopenHill also sports a ski slope atop its roof
CopenHill also sports a ski slope atop its roof

First unveiled all the way back in 2011, the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)-led CopenHill (aka Amager Bakke) is a power station in Copenhagen with a "smoke ring generator" that will expel a steam ring each time 250 kg (551 lb) of carbon dioxide is produced. It's also topped by a ski slope for visitors and locals to enjoy.

This one's a lot of fun and it's hard to imagine a firm other than BIG coming up with the idea. The power station itself is already operational but the ski slope roof is currently being tested and is expected to be open in April.

Under - Snøhetta

Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface
Once completed, Under will come to rest on the sea bed, 5 m (16 ft) below the water’s surface

The design for Europe's first underwater restaurant was unveiled by Snøhetta back in 2017. The last time we checked in, the project was being built atop a barge and the engineers were preparing to submerge it and secure it onto the sea bed at Norway's southernmost point.

Snøhetta likens Under to an oversized periscope and it will sport a large panoramic window offering diners a view of the seabed as they eat. The building will measure 600 sq m (6,458 sq ft) and sport 1 m (3.2 ft)-thick concrete walls to protect it from the crashing waves. Under is expected to be open for bookings in "Spring 2019" (northern hemisphere).

One Thousand Museum - Zaha Hadid Architects

One Thousand Museum rises to a height of 215 m (706 ft)-high and sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton
One Thousand Museum rises to a height of 215 m (706 ft)-high and sports a twisting glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton

The late Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum sports an eye-catching glass-fiber reinforced white concrete exoskeleton that twists as it rises to a maximum height of 215 m (706 ft)-tall.

The residential project is aimed at the well-heeled and billed as a "Six Star" residence. It includes just 83 homes in all, with apartments measuring between 4,600 and 9,900 sq ft (427 - 919 sq m). Each will boast multiple balconies and the building overlooks Miami's famous Biscayne Bay. One Thousand Museum is due to be completed sometime this year.

Vessel - Heatherwick Studio

How Vessel is expected to look once complete
How Vessel is expected to look once complete

Looking like a strange cross between a big pineapple and an M.C. Escher artwork, Vessel is the centerpiece of a massive development in Hudson Yards, New York City, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States.

Costing US$150 million for what is essentially just a fancy viewing point, the structure will rise to a height of 150 ft (45 m) and comprise 54 interconnecting flights of stairs, 2,500 individual steps, and 80 landings – as well as an elevator for disabled access. It's certainly something a little different and should be finished in the next few months.

Lakhta Center – Gorproject/RMJM

Russia's Lakhta Center, by RMJM and Gorproject, reaches a height of 462 m (1,516 ft), making it the tallest building in Europe
Russia's Lakhta Center, by RMJM and Gorproject, reaches a height of 462 m (1,516 ft), making it the tallest building in Europe

Rising 462 m (1,516 ft) over St. Petersburg, Russia, the bullet-shaped Lakhta Center is rated the 13th tallest building in the world and is Europe's tallest tower.

Its construction has taken over six years and involved 20,000 people from 18 countries. The foundations required concrete to be poured continuously for 49 hours and its glazing measures 72,500 sq m (780,383 sq ft). It takes the form of a spire with five wings that twist a total of 90 degrees from top to bottom and has been pre-certified LEED Gold (a green building standard) for its energy-efficient design. The Lakhta Center is due to be officially completed soon.

Beijing Daxing International Airport terminal – Zaha Hadid Architects

The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019
The Beijing Daxing International Airport (aka Beijing New Airport) terminal, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, is one of the amazing projects due to be completed in 2019

Another project by ZHA, the Beijing Daxing International Airport terminal (aka Beijing New Airport) was promoted as the world's largest airport terminal building when revealed and as far as we know this still stands. It's expected to open for business in September, 2019.

The huge building was created in collaboration with ADP Ingeniérie and takes the form of a massive starfish, with a total floorspace of 700,000 sq m (over 7 million sq ft). It will eventually have a capacity of 100 million passengers annually and will apparently also boast sustainable technology, but we've still received very little information on it as of writing. No doubt we'll learn more once it's finished in late 2019.

Gardenhouse – MAD Architects

Gardenhouse consists of a large podium with 18 houses atop
Gardenhouse consists of a large podium with 18 houses atop

MAD Architects' Gardenhouse was originally slated for completion in late 2018 but now expected sometime this year. It consists of a large podium envisioned as an artificial mountain, with 18 houses atop. The podium will be covered in native, drought-tolerant greenery and contain commercial spaces for rent on ground level.

There are some potential issues like noise and pollution, but it'll be fascinating to see if the firm can meet its goal of bringing the feel of a mountain village to Beverly Hills, California.

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