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2012 in architecture

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2012 in architecture

The year 2012 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.



  • April 30 - 1 WTC surpasses the height of the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City.
  • July - Mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu (Mali) are deliberately attacked by rebels, a war crime for which Ahmad al-Mahdi in 2016 pleads guilty before the International Criminal Court.
  • October
  • The fifth World Architecture Festival is held in Singapore.
  • Second hurricane survival of 1 WTC.
  • It is announced that the Opera House, Wellington, is below 34% of the earthquake code and may have to close for strengthening work to be carried out.
  • November - The Japanese government announces plans for a new National Olympic Stadium (Tokyo) for the 2020 Summer Olympics based on a design by Zaha Hadid; these will be abandoned in 2015.
  • December 11 - 1 WTC's spire comes to New York City.
  • Buildings opened

  • January
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extension in Boston, Massachusetts, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
  • JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the tallest hotel in the world, in Dubai.
  • January 1 - Ada Bridge, one of the tallest bridges in Europe, in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • January 5 - Baluarte Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in Latin America.
  • February - Extension to Städel art gallery in Frankfurt, Germany, designed by schneider+schumacher.
  • January 6 - Porta Macedonia, Skopje, designed by sculptor Valentina Stefanovska.
  • February 28 - Halley VI Research Station, designed by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects, becomes operational in the Antarctic.
  • March - Jerwood Gallery on The Stade in Hastings, England, designed by Hana Loftus and Tom Grieve of HAT Projects.
  • March 18 - Bharati (research station) in Antarctica.
  • March 19 - Western concourse, London King's Cross railway station, designed by John McAslan + Partners.
  • March 24 - Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge, Warsaw, the eighth road bridge in the capital of Poland.
  • March 29 - Refurbished Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney with new Mordant Wing, designed by Sam Marshall.
  • March 31 - Sandworm by Marco Casagrande, in the Beaufort04 Triennial of Contemporary art in Wenduine, Belgium. The work is both architecture and environmental art.
  • April 4 - Twin Sails Bridge, Poole, England, by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
  • April 10 - SeaCity Museum, Southampton, England, with extension by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
  • April 20 - Belfast MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) in Northern Ireland, by Hackett Hall McKnight.
  • May 10 - Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by Zaha Hadid.
  • May 11 - ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower and sculpture in Olympic Park, London, designed by Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond and Ushida Findlay Architects.
  • June 29 - Cloud Forest and Flower Dome Bay South Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (landscape design by Grant Associates).
  • July 3 - Giant's Causeway Visitors' Centre in Northern Ireland designed by Heneghan Peng for the National Trust.
  • July 5 - Shard London Bridge, designed by Renzo Piano, the tallest building in the European Union (2012–present).
  • July 18 - Tate Modern, London, opens The Tanks performance art/installation space, refurbished by Herzog & de Meuron.
  • July 27 - Opening of 2012 Summer Olympics based at Olympic Park, London, England, with site design by the EDAW Consortium (including EDAW and Buro Happold), working with Arup and WS Atkins; taken over by LDA Design in conjunction with Hargreaves Associates. Individual buildings include
  • Olympic Stadium, designed by Populous
  • London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid
  • London Velopark, designed by Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP, and Grant Associates
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit tower, designed by Anish Kapoor (see above)
  • August 3 - Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, Brisbane, Australia.
  • September 21 - Islamic art gallery at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, designed by Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti.
  • September 23 - Renovation and new wing for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architekten.
  • October 17 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, designed by Louis Kahn.
  • October 24 - Boekenberg ("Book mountain") public library in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, designed by MVRDV.
  • December 11 - Le Louvre-Lens art gallery in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, France, designed by SANAA.
  • date unknown
  • Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan, designed by HOK.
  • ME Hotel, London, designed by Foster and Partners.
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art new buildings are opened in Oslo, Norway.
  • Buildings completed

  • January 6 - Porta Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia.
  • February 29 - Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, is completed in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.
  • June - Airport Link, a 6.7 km road tunnel in Brisbane, the longest in Australia.
  • September - NEO Bankside apartments in London, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
  • November 1 - Mercury City Tower, in Moscow, topped-out to become the tallest building in Europe (2012–2014).
  • date unknown
  • Abraj Al Bait in Mecca, the tallest buildings in Saudi Arabia.
  • Absolute World in Mississauga, Ontario, designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Studio.
  • Church of Pentecost, Vinkovci, Serbia, a replica of the 18th century church that was destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • Princess Tower, the world's tallest residential building, is completed in Dubai.
  • Soleil, the tallest building in Brisbane, Australia designed by DBI Design.
  • Astley Castle in North Warwickshire, England, is refurbished for the Landmark Trust by Witherford Watson Mann Architects (winner, Stirling Prize, 2013).
  • University of Limerick Medical School in Ireland designed by Grafton Architects.
  • Sarajevo City Center.
  • The Wilson art gallery and museum extension and refurbishment in Cheltenham, England, designed by BGS Architects.
  • Awards

  • AIA Architecture Firm Award – Vincent James Associates Architects
  • AIA Gold Medal – Steven Holl
  • Alvar Aalto Medal - Paulo David
  • Emporis Skyscraper Award – Absolute World in Mississauga designed by Burka Architects and MAD Studio
  • Lawrence Israel Prize - Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • LEAF Award, Overall Winner – Sou Fujimoto Architects
  • Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate – Henning Larsen
  • Pritzker Architecture Prize – Wang Shu
  • Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture – Michael Graves
  • RAIA Gold Medal – Lawrence Nield
  • RIBA Royal Gold Medal – Herman Hertzberger
  • Stirling Prize – Stanton Williams, for Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University
  • Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture – Rafael Moneo
  • Twenty-five Year Award – Frank Gehry for Gehry Residence, Santa Monica
  • Vincent Scully Prize – Paul Goldberger
  • Deaths

  • January 4 - Rod Robbie, Canadian architect (born 1928)
  • January 8 - John Madin, English architect (born 1924)
  • March 21 - Bruno Giacometti, Swiss architect (born 1907)
  • June 4 - Peter Beaven, New Zealand architect (born 1925)
  • June 15
  • Francis Bonaert, Belgian architect (born 1914) was a Belgian architect.
  • Günther Domenig, Austrian architect (born 1934)
  • June 19 - Gerhard M. Kallmann, German-born American architect (born 1915)
  • July 2 - Angelo Mangiarotti, Italian architect and industrial designer (born 1929)
  • August 20 - Dom Mintoff, Maltese architect and Prime Minister (born 1916)
  • August 26 - Peter L. Shelton, American architect and interior designer (born 1945)
  • October 6 - Ulrich Franzen (born 1921), German-born American architect
  • October 26 - John M. Johansen, American architect (born 1916)
  • October 30
  • Wayland Tunley, British architect associated with Milton Keynes (born 1937)
  • Lebbeus Woods, American architect and artist (born 1940)
  • November 1 - Gae Aulenti), Italian architect, interior and lighting designer (born 1927
  • November 4 - David Resnick, Brazilian-born Israeli architect and town planner (born 1924)
  • December 5 - Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (born 1907)
  • December 14 - Alan Colquhoun, British architect (born 1921)
  • References

    2012 in architecture Wikipedia

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