Top designs picks from around the world

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, winter 2019, issue 111

Vacations & Travel editor Katrina Holden rounds up some of her top design picks from around the world…

Under, Norway

Located five and a half metres below sea level, Under is Europe’s first underwater restaurant which recently opened in Lindesnes, Norway. Found on the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, sea storms from the north and south converge in a region rich with biodiversity. The project is designed by Norwegian architects, Snøhetta. The 34-metre long building juts out of the sea on land level, and rests directly on the seabed five metres below. Diners seated at the restaurant’s expansive windows can view the abundant marine life swirling before them. Over time, the building’s rough concrete shell will serve as an artificial reef to welcome kelp to grow on its frame.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Los Angeles

Opening later this year in Los Angeles is the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, devoted to the art and science of movie making. The museum will be housed in the 1939 May Company Building in LA. The design is the work of Californian Pritzker Prize winner Gensler and executive architect Renzo Piano. When completed, the six-floor museum will encompass 28,000 square metres with permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, an education studio and two theatres. Its highlight will be the spherical addition that is capped by a glass dome offering views of the Hollywood Hills.

Vacations & Travel issue 111: Design: Editor's Picks
Vacations & Travel issue 111: Design: Editor's Picks

Xiqu Centre Hong Kong

A performing arts venue, the Xiqu Centre has opened in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon cultural district. The centre has been developed to create a world-class platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera and other genres of xiqu (Chinese traditional theatre). The eight-storey building, designed by Bing Thom Architects (now Revery Architecture) and Ronald Lu and Partners, was inspired by Chinese lanterns – blending traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form.

Jewel Changi Airport Singapore

Capped with a distinctive dome-shaped façade, the new 137,000 square metre Jewel complex at Changi airport has been designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Jewel includes attractions, shopping and dining concepts and airport and accommodation facilities. The Shiseido Forest Valley is a green terraced garden that includes walking trails, while the 40-metre HSBC Rain Vortex is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall greeting visitors upon entry, surrounded by extensive indoor gardens, hedge mazes and slides.

Vacations & Travel issue 111: Design: Editor's Picks

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