Building blocks: striking structures around the globe for 2018

Building blocks: striking structures around the globe for 2018

Some architects just love making a statement. From monumental monoliths to soaring skyscrapers, here we highlight the bold buildings disrupting skylines and shaking up our perspective of the urban environment

Tencent HQ by NBBJ in Shanghai

Tencent HQ
NBBJ

Shanghai, China

The architects at NBBJ have followed up their Spheres at Amazon’s Seattle campus with an eye-catching structure for another tech business – this time in Shanghai. The firm has designed skyscrapers linked by three bridges as the next HQ for Tencent, a major Chinese company.

Writer: Clare Dowdy

Tencent HQ by NBBJ in Shanghai

Tencent H Q
NBBJ

Shanghai, China

The idea is that Tencent’s 12,000 workers get to bond and network in the library, health centre and running track, which are based on the bridges. This is no sprawling campus à la Amazon, but a space-efficient vertical workplace.

Writer: Clare Dowdy

Snøhetta’s new fish market at Muttrah, Oman

Snøhetta’s new fish market at Muttrah, Oman. Photography: Firas Al Raisi, Luminosity Productions

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