Here at Dakota, we always strive to keep up to date with the big stride that are taken in the architectural world. Therefore we have put together a list of what we think the most talked about buildings in 2017 will be, and some of the designs and architecture is breathtaking!

Hamburg ; LUFTBILD Elbphilharmonie in der HafenCity

Hamburg ; LUFTBILD Elbphilharmonie in der HafenCity


When the Elbphilharmonie opens on January 11th, the concert hall in Hamburg, Germany, will be almost a decade late and nearly as many times over budget. Yet €789 million later, the structure, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is being met with overwhelming praise from architecture critics and with enthusiasm from local denizens who previously feared that it might never reach completion. Initially projected to cost €77m and scheduled to open in 2010—unmet claims that resulted in a parliamentary inquiry—the Elbphilharmonie is due to be one of the most memorable new structures of 2017, finally more for the sheer expressive quality of its design than the controversies that surround it.



The architect most forcefully changing the image of Philippine cities is actually based in Brooklyn. From a light-filled studio in Dumbo, Carlos Arnaiz—founder and principal of Carlos Arnaiz Architects (CAZA for short)—oversees a modernization project of transnational proportions. His firm also has offices in Bogotá, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Manila in the Philippines—capital cities his firm stands to redefine in the coming decade.

Come 2017, CAZA will inaugurate its biggest coup in Manila yet: City Center Tower, a new 27-story office building that will house Google’s Philippine offices and serve as headquarters to several other tech companies. Arnaiz eschews the usual hallmark of corporate architecture—the taut glass-curtain wall—instead opting to create concentric, undulating balconies that disturb the expected placidity of the archetypal office tower. The color scheme is likewise a retreat from the normal hues of corporate architecture: Seen at an angle, the tower’s rectilinear volume has a pearlescent shimmer, and the extruding fin-like balconies have a pinkish glow.



Ghana national museum

It was a banner year for David Adjaye: September 2016 saw the opening of the Ghanaian-British architect’s design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. A career highlight of sorts, the project was among the largest and most culturally significant buildings his firm has produced since Adjaye Associates was established in 2000.  ghana



US embassy in London

American diplomatic buildings abroad have long been some of the most prestigious commissions available to the country’s design profession, an axiom that was affirmed during the 2010 competition for the new U.S. Embassy in London. The shortlist of finalists included Pritzker Prize winners and high-profile architecture outfits; so prestigious was the project that Richard Meier’s office issued a press release saying he did not win. Instead, the plum commission ultimately went to KieranTimberlake, a Philadelphia-based firm with a 100-person office, a Modernism-inflected portfolio, and high regard in the profession but little name recognition beyond architectural insiders.

Aerial View from Northeast

Aerial View from Northeast

Yet the firm’s scheme was popular with critics when it was announced, and it will likely keep their name in the press when the new U.S. Embassy building opens in 2017. (The embassy is moving out of its former Eero Saarinen-designed building in Grosvenor Square, which will in turn be converted into a luxury hotel by David Chipperfield.) The new design seeks to materialize the ideals associated with democratic governance: transparency in particular, which the architects propose to achieve with a polymer-clad cube that rejects the fortress-like designs of so many other American embassies. KieranTimberlake have designed a proudly urban complex that includes landscaping features, like a pond. It interacts with and is semipermeable to the densely populated surrounding neighborhood while maintaining the necessary standards of high security.




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New York City has no shortage of luxury condominium towers, but despite the various prominent architects, the city typically ends up with a decidedly restrained work of high-end housing (think, for instance, ofZaha Hadid’s scheme for 520 W. 28th Street, which lacks the expressive geometries of her work in China). Herzog & de Meuron is an exception. The Swiss firm follows its compelling 40 Bond Street building with a structurally ambitious 60-story high-rise in TriBeCa. Far more interesting than the Anish Kapoor sculpture near the building’s entrance are its cantilevered terraces, which result from a variety of irregular floorplans and give the entire complex the dramatic silhouette of a Jenga tower. The long (and long-delayed) construction process is finally near completion; the structure will be fully occupied in 2017.

All of these designs are stunning. We at Dakota understand the need for innovative and interesting designs, be it a new building all together or a refurbishment. if you want to read more about some of the most talked about buildings of 2017 you can read the full article here.