10 Interesting Structures Opening in 2018

  • Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza

The Grand Egyptian Museum has been described as the largest archaeological museum in the world. The building is shaped like a chamfered triangle and sits on a site two kilometres west of the pyramids. The building’s north and south walls line up directly with the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The front facade of the museum will feature a translucent stone wall, made of alabaster. Inside the main entrance is a large atrium, where large statues will be exhibited.

  • 3 World Trade Center, New York

3 World Trade Center is a skyscraper being built as part of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The building will have a height of 329m with 80 stories.
3 WTC has a load-sharing system of diamond-shaped bracing, which helps to articulate the building’s east-west configuration. This allows unimpeded 360-degree panoramic views of New York.

  • Farringdon Station, London 

When the Elizabeth line opens, Farringdon station will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s airports.

  • Goldsmith Street, Norwich

Around 50 individual houses and 50 flats have been provided. The design provides sunny, light-filled homes with low fuel bills of approximately £150 per year.

  • V&A Museum of Design, Dundee

The building will cover 8,000m², with 1,650m² of gallery space. Curving concrete walls hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3,000kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections.

  • Royal Academy of Arts Bridge

Two sites at Burlington House and Burlington Gardens will be linked together for the first time.

  • Cosmos Arena

The Cosmos Arena, also known as Samara Arena or Samara Stadium, is being built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup. The arena will have a 65.5m high dome roof, made up out of 32 panels, which will be lit up at night. The arena will boast just under 45,000 seats.

  • Olmsted Lock and Dam

The Olmsted Locks and Dam is under construction on the Ohio River. The two 1,200ft locks and 2,500ft dam across the river at Olmsted, Illinois, are being built to reduce delays by replacing the existing older, and frequently congested, locks and dams.

  • National Museum of Qatar

The 430,000 square feet (40,000 m²) museum is created by a series of interlocking discs that create cavities to protect visitors from the desert heat. Located on a 1.5 million-square-foot site at the south end of Doha’s Corniche, the building will rise from the sea and be connected to shore by two pedestrian bridges and a vehicular bridge.

  • Wicker Man

Wicker Man is the UK’s first new wooden roller-coaster in 21 years and brings together wood and fire for the first time. A Wicker Man structure standing 17.55m tall – the height of a six-storey building – will dominate the centre of Alton Towers Resort, appearing to burst into flames as the wooden track races through the structure. It has taken two years to build the rollercoaster, during which time over 100 construction workers moved 50,000 tonnes of earth.

 

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