10 Design-Forward Buildings

From out-of-this-world museums to modern condos, take a look at these up-and-coming buildings that are pushing architecture to new heights.

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles

You don't have to leave the planet to see this museum. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, designed by MAD Architects, will have 300,000 square feet of galleries, exhibition spaces and theaters. What once were parking lots are being transformed into the museum and its 11-acre grounds. It's expected to open in 2021.

One Thousand Museum in Miami

One of downtown Miami's new luxe projects includes the contemporary One Thousand Museum condos. The concrete exoskeleton, glass facade and series of curves up to the crown give the 62-story bayfront skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Architects a sculptural appearance.

The Broad in Los Angeles

An innovative veil in a honeycomb pattern surrounds The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles. The 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award winner was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. The 120,000-square-foot building is "simultaneously sedate and spectacular," as described by one of the jurors.

Independent Austin in Texas

The Independent goes big in Austin, Texas, with a cantilevered design by Rhode Partners for what will be the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River. The sleek shape, with cubes appearing to be stacked on top of each other, has earned it the nickname the "Jenga tower." But when the 58-story luxury condo building won a 2017 American Architecture Prize, jurors said "Rhode Partners rejected the cookie-cutter feeling of identical inset balconies and window mullions typical of residential high rises for a facade inspired by Austin’s bold and dynamic spirit."

Hudson Yards in New York City

Hudson Yards in New York City is touted as the largest development in the nation, and for a project this huge, there are dozens of architects, designers, consultants and other experts involved. It's being built on 28 acres above a rail yard, active train tracks and working tunnels. It will have more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, office towers, a hotel, more than 100 shops and restaurants, plus a school and 14 acres of plazas, playgrounds and gardens.

No2 Opus Place in Atlanta

What will become the tallest residential tower in Atlanta is No2 Opus Place, a much-anticipated luxury condominium building in the city's arts district. The 53-story building in Midtown Atlanta is designed by Perkins + Will. The most expensive condo is a penthouse priced at a whopping $12 million.

Audain Art Museum in British Columbia

The Audain Art Museum blurs "the boundaries between man-made and natural" by wrapping users around nature, describes a juror in the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award. As a result, it showcases art and eco-friendly design. The museum in Whistler, British Columbia, designed by Patkau Architects, also was called a "stepping stone for Canada, a new icon, and a monument for British Columbia."

Reeds Spring Middle School in Missouri

Another 2018 AIA Institute Honor Award winner, Reeds Spring Middle School in Missouri, was designed to preserve the environment. Jurors say Dake Wells Architecture beautifully executed the school in the Ozark landscape. As one juror notes, the project is praiseworthy because it was "buried in a hill, yet bursting full of daylight."

Packard Plant in Detroit

Detroit is among the many cities that have redeveloped industrial and manufacturing areas. The Packard Plant project is turning a former automobile manufacturing facility into a mixed-use development that could be a model for others.

Comcast Development Center in Philadelphia

The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be the tallest tower in Philadelphia when it's complete. The 60-story office skyscraper will have restaurants, a Four Seasons Hotel with luxury condos, and pocket parks and gardens within the building. The glass and stainless-steel tower was designed by Foster + Partners.

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