The 5 Most Anticipated Building Openings of 2017

Every year we see a variety of new structures popping up around the world. 2017 should be no different, with new buildings set for completion that will dazzle our sense of architectural creativity. Be sure to give these a visit when planning your next trip.

LEGO House, Billund


Denmark is home to LEGO’s headquarters, and is set to be the spot of an enormous “LEGO house.” The structure is being completed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, and is set to encapsulate the look of the traditional kids’ blocks. In reality, this will serve as a community center for the town of Billund, complete with a cafe, playgrounds, and LEGO purchasing store.

High Speed Train Station, Naples


Naples, Italy is about to give travelers a reason to show up at the local train station on time. 15 years after its unveiling, the Napoli-Afragola High Speed Train Station is set to be opened. In addition to accommodating REALLY fast trains, its design is something out of a Jetsons episode.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


The United Arab Emirates is always at the cutting edge of design, so it’s no surprise that they’ve sprung for a uniquely designed museum. Although it was supposed to be finished back in 2012, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to be even nicer than anticipated thanks to a hefty $2.4 billion budget. In case you’re wondering about the name, the Louvre, it is the UAE branch of the museum in Paris. It’s interior is supposed to replicate the desert geography of the region, and includes a perforated metal dome for an entry of natural light.

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge


Constructed by Israeli architectural firm Haim Dotan, this Glass Bridge is set to hold up to 800 visitors at a time. It technically opened back in August 2016, but closed due to issues handling that many occupants. In 2017, it will officially become the longest glass pedestrian bridge in the world, adding yet another impressive marvel to China’s architectural repertoire.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Jakarta


Indonesia is welcoming its first museum of international contemporary art, and its design is pretty international as well as contemporary. It will open with a collection of 800 works, including local pieces as well as pieces from the United States, Asia, and parts of Europe. Though not as cutting edge as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, this venue promises to be one of its kind for the region.