Ten architectures inaugurated in 2022 that describe the state of the art of architecture today, thinking about 2023

The ten architectures - inaugurated in this 2022 - that we have chosen in our Top Ten all speak to the inhabitants of tomorrow, telling them our today.

They are the new monuments of the Cities of the Future.

Increasingly greener, self-sufficient and integrated infrastructures with the surrounding area. Increasingly technological and increasingly focused on a message to convey: they are Agenda 2030-proof buildings.

Times from Industry 4.0 and manifesto factories, from the headquarters The Plus in Norway to BEEAH in the United Arab Emirates, passing through Dji in China and Novartis in Switzerland.

They are structures that become part of the landscape and dialogue with their surroundings, be they landscapes or citizens. They are companies but also museums, homes, hotels, which place themselves on the scene as structures that have something to say, whether it is to show an economic status (like One Park Drive) or dust off prestigious origins (like the Hotel Marcel).

A newspaper in which the performance of world economies is highlighted: a lot is built - and "new pyramids" are built as representative centers for the patrons of the New Economy - especially in Asia (here the cases of China, Singapore and Vietnam), as well as in the emerging Africa of the United Arab Emirates.

In all of this, among the big names in world architecture (which we have also selected here by geographical origin) – names such as BIG, Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, Becker + Becker, SANAA, Sou Fujimoto – some of the major Italian studios are gaining ground: from the Turinese Carlo Ratti Associati to the Florentine Archea , passing through the Milanese AMDL Circle. Local realities to which we looked favorably in choosing this Top Ten. To tell, with them, "the best" of Italian architecture across the border.

Norway - THE PLUS – BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Vestre – What better location can represent a green furniture leader than a Passive Haus on the edge of the forest?

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A volume of 7,000 square meters with 2,000 square meters of very high windows, up to 14 meters high, which overlook a 30-hectare forest. A structure with BREEAM environmental certification, built in zero-km solid wood, but also low-carbon concrete, recycled reinforced steel, 75% green aluminum, 900 solar panels and plants on the roof.

In the project by Danish studio BIG Architects, The Plus is a plus sign: four wings, one per production department, each internally distinguished by a color. A factory that symbolizes the transition to green.

Hungary – HOUSE OF MUSIC HUNGARY – Sou Fujimoto

Budapest - Inaugurated in January, the Hungarian House of Music was eagerly awaited, after the competition of 170 international projects won by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, which certainly has the virtue of surprising, inspired by nature, from the Belgrade Waterfront to the Montpellier White Tree.

Here, he does it by means of an undulating canopy - similar to the chapel of a large eaten mushroom - which opens with a hundred holes in the presence of the trees of the city park. Including geothermal sources of heat or state-of-the-art concert halls, thanks to the design of Nagata Acoustics. An architectural model that becomes a forest, where the boundaries between inside and outside are lost.

United Arab Emirates - BEEAH Headquarters – ZHA Zaha Hadid Architects

Sharjah – Pioneers in the field of sustainability and innovation, the new BEEAH Group headquarters, inaugurated in March, embodies precisely these principles in its 9,000 m2.

Solar-powered and equipped with the latest technology, it was designed by the London studio ZHA Zaha Hadid Architects, in compliance with LEED Platinum standards.

Its dune design is modeled on the surrounding desert, optimizing local climatic conditions with accurate openings to external heat, passive sunlight arrangements and natural ventilation strategies. A cathedral in the desert, which stands out and blends in together in the desert.

China - DJI SKY CITY -  Foster & Partners

Nanshan (Shenzhen) - A world leader in super-technological drones like DJI could only build its headquarters as an innovation platform, within the Chinese Silicon Valley in the Unesco 'City of Design' .

Two towers, 44 and 40 floors respectively, connected by a 90-meter suspension bridge. Floating volumes, an asymmetrically suspended steel structure and iconic V-shaped trusses, a few columns for uninterrupted offices and a flight test area, hanging gardens at the top and a health center open to the city on the ground floor.

A headquarters designed in an ecological key by one of the largest British firms such as Foster & Partners. An avant-garde business card.

Singapore - CAPITA SPRING – CRA Carlo Ratti Associati with BIG Architects

Singapore - A mixed-use skyscraper of residences, offices, shops and public spaces, covering 51 floors and 93,000 square metres, in the heart of the city's financial district.

Orthogonal lines and vertical softscapes, hanging gardens and a park on the roof, for a biophilic tower with 80,000 plants and over 150 species, which demonstrates the commitment of the CapitaLand clients ( and Mitsubishi Estate) for a greener and more sustainable future.

A new spring, a project where the Turin studio Carlo Ratti Associati has collaborated alongside the Danish BIG. A work of seamless transition between garden and city in the "garden city" of Singapore.

Vietnam - KISS BRIDGE – Archea Associati

Phu Quốc Island – A kilometer-long pedestrian bridge that redesigns the entrance to the island. Local materials and reinforced concrete for a public work, for a private client, which is a single but heterogeneous body and, with its sinusoidal shape and its gradients, provides multiple points of view.

The iconic tension of two shapes stretched out in a kiss, marrying the sea. It was designed by the Florentine studio Archea Associati of Marco Casamonti, with F&M Engineering. When an infrastructure becomes a new point of reference for a panorama, like a postcard.


Sydney – Inaugurated in December, the first public art museum in Australia powered entirely by renewable energy (and therefore awarded the six-star Green Star) is a project by the Japanese studio SANAA, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (operating from the Shenzhen Maritime Museum to the metal campus of the Bocconi University of Milan).

Read also: SANAA presents the new Sydney Modern

On the hill of Woolloomooloo Bay, pavilions that descend towards the port and large windows, for 7,000 square meters of exhibition spaces - including the underground Tank - with 3,400 square meters of courtyards and roof terraces. A museum campus that expands between architecture and landscape, to showcase its art.

United States - HOTEL MARCEL - Becker+Becker

New Haven (Connecticut) - From Armstrong Rubber Company's tire factory to National Register of Historic Places to Ikea store (which demolished part of it to make way for parking).

Built in 1967 by Marcel Breuer, this brutalist building returns today to celebrate one of the leading exponents of the Bauhaus as a hotel. Opened in spring in the Tapestry Collection of Hilton Hotels, with its 165 rooms and a LEED Platinum certification, it is the first Passive Hotel in the USA.

Thanks to the conservative renovation started in 2020 by the American architectural firm Becker+Becker, which maintained some the characteristic volume of over 10 thousand square meters. Interiors with a Bauhaus atmosphere, entrusted to the Dutch East Design studio. A good example of recovery: a historic building that celebrates modern, zero-emission design.

Switzerland - Novartis Pavillion - AMDL Circle

Basel – A parametric architecture with a circular plan that fits and dialogues perfectly with the natural terraces of the Rhine within the park.

The new multipurpose center for events and dissemination of the pharmaceutical company Novartis Pharma AG communicates its magnetism through a technological facade, engineered by iArt, in contact with nature.

Three access points integrate it into the city fabric, between warm woods and 360-degree windows.

A sustainable energy system by the Milanese studio AMDL Circle, which has even customized the furnishings, thanks to Produzione Privata by Michele De Lucchi. Between form and function, a work that promotes the company, talking about connection and energy.

England - ONE PARK DRIVE - Herzog & de Meuron

London - After shell&core completion in 2021, in October 2022 the inauguration of the duplex penthouses on the 56th floor, furnished as small museums by Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio and sold for almost £4 million.

One Park Drive, with its 484 apartments, is the award-winning Wood Wharf development block (3,600 new homes planned in total, plus shops and more) in London's popular Canary Wharf business district.

Combining the three architectural typologies of Bay/Cluster/Loft in a unified sculptural form, among the most distinctive buildings in the capital's skyline.

First UK residential project by the Swiss Herzog & de Meuron, after Tate Modern and Bird's Nest stadium, was created together with the engineers of AKT. Luxury homes from a business perspective, which suggest looking inside rather than outside.