Embark on an architectural journey that spans continents and cultures, featuring some of the world’s most extraordinary structures. In the heart of New York City stands the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a 138-foot marvel designed by REX and Davis Brody Bond, enveloped in Portuguese marble that bathes the skyline in a radiant glow after dark. Then, venture to Saadiyat Island’s Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi by Adjaye Associates, a trio of cube-shaped sacred spaces that celebrate religious diversity with sublime elegance. Journey to China’s dynamic southern edge, where the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects emerges as a nexus of connectivity, blending transportation and cultural flair. In Manchester, The Factory International by OMA reimagines industrial heritage into a versatile cultural venue. And finally, in South Korea, Tadao Ando’s Space of Light at Museum SAN offers a sanctuary of contemplation, where concrete and nature converge. This article illuminates these architectural marvels, promising a virtual tour of innovation, spirituality, and design brilliance.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, New York City | REX, Davis Brody Bond Architects
The 138-foot-tall cube-shaped structure sheathed in richly veined Portuguese marble emits an ethereal glow when illuminated at night. The interior houses flexible theatre spaces that can accommodate audiences ranging from 99 to 1,200 people.
Abrahamic Family House, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi | Adjaye Associates
Comprised of a mosque, a church, and a synagogue: Though unified through their cube-shaped silhouettes, each house of worship is distinguished with its own distinct curtain wall that evokes the tenets of the particular faith.
Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre, China | Zaha Hadid Architects
Located in the burgeoning town area of the southern Chinese city, the building will link directly to the Zhuhai Airport Intercity railway, which connects the nearby cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong.
The Factory International, Manchester, England | OMA
Designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA it incorporates arches that once supported a historic viaduct into the design as well as acoustic walls and a technical ceiling grid that allows any type of use, from concert to exhibition.
Space of Light, Museum SAN, Wonju, South Korea | Tadao Ando
The newest addition to the Japanese architecture master’s contemplative series, embodying his signature style expressed by concrete, light and integration with nature.
Photos courtesy of OMA, Museum SAN, Adiaye Associates, The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center