Open Architecture: Geuha Youth and Cultural Center

" Open Architecture’s new Geuha Youth and Cultural Center in Qinhuangdao (China) contemplates the relationship between architecture and education. The circular floor plan creates a series of open, flexible spaces facing onto a big inner garden. Passive energy-saving technologies guarantee the project’s sustainability. "

Zaha Hadid: Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku

" The Heydar Aliyev Center in new Baku is one of Zaha Hadid’s boldest and most amazing projects. It makes a strong mark on the city and optimises use of the vast size and great complexity of its site, a hill in the urban area of the capital of Azerbaijan. The plastic form of a building designed to be photographed is silhouetted at the top of the hill. The materials used to make the panels covering the building also become the pavement of the plaza outside it, creating semi-public spaces where people can stop and enjoy their city. "

BIG (Bjarke Ingels): Danish National Maritime Museum

" The Danish National Maritime Museum completed recently in Helsingør is a contemporary architecture project by an international team including Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Rambøll, Kossmann.dejong and KiBiSi. Six years of work went into this project celebrating Denmark’s seafaring tradition, a museum leading the way in redevelopment of the docks near Kronborg Castle to give the city a new meeting-place and landmark. "

A+Architecture: Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre in Montpellier

" The monuments in Domaine d’O in Montpeiller include Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre designed by A+Architecture. Built in a 23 hectare park, the project is intended to be a visual landmark, a work of contemporary architecture inspired by Harlequin’s mask. Built entirely out of recyclable materials of certified origin, it is an outstanding example of a sustainable building. "

Paredes Pedrosa: Public library in Ceuta

" Built on an archaeological site dating back to the Marinid Berber dynasty, the new Ceuta public library designed by Paredes Pedrosa arquitectos embraces two cultural functions, linking the present with the past. The metal grids of the side surfaces reduce the impact of the African sun on the interior, improving the building’s environmental sustainability. "

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