December 19, 2018

Top 10 Biggest Builds of 2018

From massive residential complexes to monumental offices, these projects from 2018 competed for the top spot of biggest build.

Firms: PininfarinaAECOM

Project: New Istanbul Airport

Site: Istanbul

Square Footage: 15.5 million SQF

Standout: This Turkish aerotropolis almost stands as a city on its own, adorned by the dynamic tulip-inspired control tower.

Firm: Tsao & McKown Architects

Project: Sangha by Octave

Site: Suzhou

Square Footage: 1,000,000 SQF

Standout: This wellness-focused community offers a healing retreat from bustling Suzhou, the world’s fastest-growing city.

Firm: Stantec

Project: Solitair Brickell Apartments

Site: Miami

Square Footage: 750,000 SQF

Standout: The facade of this sky-high residential building mimics the trunk of a Medjool date palm tree, a tree commonly found in South Florida.

Firm: BAMORichard Beard Architects

Project: Sun City Tower Kobe

Site: Tokyo

Square Footage: 500,000 SQF

Standout: The real beauty of this luxury senior living community is the central garden courtyard by SWA Group, not to mention its stunning dining room views from 34 floors up.

Firm: Gensler

Project: Nvidia

Site: Santa Clara

Square Footage: 500,000 SQF

Standout: To encourage community between 2,500 employees, Gensler built a massive triangular two-story campus rather than a complex of smaller buildings.

Firm: Department of Architecture Co.

Project: Mist Hot Spring Hotel

Site: San Francisco

Square Footage: 400,000 SQF

Standout: A simulated rain shower of suspended glass immerses cocktail lounge guests in a cloudlike atmosphere.

Firm: Diener & Diener Architekten

Project: Swiss Re Next

Site: Zurich

Square Footage: 350,000 SQF

Standout: The facade of this lakefront reinsurance office building is made of laminated glass panels that float over a steel-and-glass curtain wall.

Firm: HKS

Project: W Bellevue

Site: Bellevue

Square Footage: 220,000 SQF

Standout: Shoreside living is integrated into every detail of this hotel, such as swinging benches that act as an indoor patio.

Firm: ACDF Architecture

Project: Hôtel Monville

Site: Montreal

Square Footage: 160,000 SQF

Standout: This hotel fully embraces future tech with self-check-in kiosks and robot-delivered room service.

Firm: Ippolito Fleitz Group

Project: AEB

Site: Stuttgart

Square Footage: 155,000 SQF

Standout: Each of the stacked balconies in this very regimented, very German building also serve as breakout spaces, offering plush lounge seating and plenty of greenery.

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