Apple Campus 2, California USA
Possibly the most anticipated construction of today, the new "spaceship" Apple campus in Cupertino, California is approaching its final stages, set for completion in early 2017. First announced by Steve Jobs in 2006, and designed by Foster + Partners, the 176-acre "Campus 2" will become the company's new headquarters, housing around 12,000 employees.
Agora Garden Tower, Taipei, Taiwan
Inspired by the twisting strands of DNA and covered with greenery, the Agora Garden Tower in Taipei was designed by the Paris-based agency Vincent Callebaut Architectures. The residential complex, slated for completion in September 2017, will stand 20 storeys tall, with a 90-degree twist achieved through a 4.5° turn per floor as the building rises.
Astana Expo City 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan
As part of the ex-Soviet nation's ambitions, this "futuristic megaproject ... will showcase global energy efficiency but also promote the Central Asian nation's push to modernise and raise its worldwide profile" according to architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill (AS+GG). Builders are in the final stages of the construction of around 30 buildings for the World Expo 2017, scheduled to take place between June 10 and September 10.
Wuhan Greenland Centre, Wuhan, China
Another AS+GG design, the Wuhan Greenland Centre skyscraper resembles a smooth, three-cornered bullet, or space rocket, dominating the Chinese city of Wuhan. At over 630 meters tall, the aerodynamic "ecotower" will be China's tallest building.
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Designed by architects at snøhetta, Dhahran's future Center for World Culture is a 100,000 square meter development that includes an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum, and archive. The futuristic design is inspired by Saudi Arabia's rock formations, with facades covered in geometric lines of stainless steel tubing.