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Lund Hagem: Midtåsen sculpture park

" Lund Hagem's Norwegian studio designed a sculpture museum to house works by artist Knut Steen on the hill overlooking Sandefjord Bay. The construction is made out of only two materials, concrete and glass, to ensure that attention is focused on the work of art in space. The layout offers a perspective on nature. "

Vector Architects: Vanke Group exhibition centre in Bayuquan

" Vector Architects have designed a contemporary multilevel building in Bayuquan, China, an exhibition centre for the Vanke real estate group which becomes part of the city’s waterfront. The materials chosen for the building’s cladding underline a compositional solution in which the boundaries between inside and outside are blurred. "

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. "

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