The Asia Society has been educating Westerners about Eastern cultures for 55 years, but never has it enjoyed the profile it has today, with the launch of two new headquarters. Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi's new building for the society's Houston branch (pictured) sprawls across 3,800 square metres. The spare design in Jura limestone serves as a foil to the city's extraordinary vertical growth, a phenomenon it shares with its Asian contemporaries. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong hub opened earlier this month in a former explosives arsenal. The cluster of historic buildings is linked together with a network of contemporary bridges and colonnades by the architectural team of Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, who likewise resisted the city's tendency to build upward.
Writer: Ellen Himelfarb