The 2024 architectural landscape is poised for a series of remarkable completions, with some of the most anticipated buildings from renowned architects around the globe – many of whom are Design Indaba alums – set to open to the public within the year.
With the 2024 Olympics taking place in Paris, the City of Love welcomes a slew of new buildings in preparation, including multiple stadiums and the mammoth Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Village, while China becomes home to new cultural and art centres designed by iconic architects.
Here’s a look at some of Design Indaba’s most anticipated buildings of 2024.
National Assembly of Benin, Benin, by Kéré Architecture
The Republic of Benin tasked award-winning architect and Design Indaba alum Diebedo Francis Kéré’s eponymous firm with the design of a new national assembly that ‘embodies the values of democracy and the cultural identity of its citizens’. According to the architects, the project takes inspiration from the age-old West African tradition of the palaver tree, with meetings held under a tree to make consensual decisions in the interest of a community. The palaver tree is a timeless symbol, having borne witness to previous generations and inspiring respect for the majestic forces of nature.
Not A Hotel Ishigaki, Okinawa, by Sou Fujimoto
Another Design Indaba alum and international sensation, Sou Fujimoto’s ‘Not a Hotel Ishigaki’ is an ironically named tropical resort located southwest of Ishigaki Island in Okinawa, Japan. The unique building features an undulating roof covered in vegetation and relaxation areas, with access from the terraces allowing another landscape for holidaymakers.
2024 Olympic and Paralympic Village, Paris, by Dominique Perrault