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As 2020 marks the start of a new decade, FRAME Recruitment has been busy recapping on our favourite Architecture and Design Projects of the last ten years. 

Between 2010 and the end of 2019 there have been some fantastic buildings and designs by both world-renowned designers and also smaller practices. It was hard to narrow it down but in no particular order here are our favourites.

1. Cayan Tower - 2013 – SOM

The Cayan Tower is one of Dubai’s most distinctive buildings and truly sets the tone for the city’s impressive skyline. Designed and built by SOM, this phenomenal 73 floorplate skyscraper is unique to any other building in Dubai.

This is one of many of my favourite designs as it really makes a distinct mark on the Dubai skyline. The residential tower is a pure expression of the idea that a building’s form should directly follow its structural framework. While the skyscraper’s 73 floorplates are all identical, each is slightly rotated against the story below it, resulting in a full 90-degree twist over the course of the tower's 307-meter rise.

Recruitment Consultant at FRAME Recruitment


2. Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery – 2014 – Thomas Heatherwick

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill was designed in 2014 by Heatherwick Studio, who completely transformed the Gin distillery into a remarkable and unrecognisable building. The aim of the renovation was to turn Laverstoke into a sustainable and efficient mill but to still keep its history and traditional longstanding heritage.

The Distillery contains beautifully unique sculptural greenhouses for growing the tropical spices that go into the gin. These are actually heated by the distilleries that are making the gin. Can you tell I have done the tour there?
Lead Consultant at FRAME Recruitment


3. The Shard – 2013 – Renzo Piano

The Shard was designed to transform a regular 1970s London office block into one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. It’s safe to say this goal was certainly achieved as the 1,016 ft. skyscraper is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world.

The show-stopping tower was designed by Renzo Piano in 2009 but was officially finished and revealed to the public in 2013. That year the Shard became the heart of the London skyline and a statement landmark that everyone has the chance to experience.

“The vision for the Shard was to create an architecturally striking vertical city incorporating retail, officer, hotel, apartments, restaurants and a public viewing gallery.” – The Shard Developer.

 “I love that anyone can experience the luxury feel and stunning design of the Shard. I especially love that this amazing building is the first thing you see when you arrive in London. The building really makes a statement and is one of my favourite landmarks in London. It’s hard not be impressed by the remarkable transformation Renzo Piano has created.
Team Leader of Architecture at FRAME Recruitment


4. Lime Wood’s Raw & Cured Restaurant – 2016 - Robert Angell Design International

Lime Wood Hotel is the ultimate English countryside retreat but with a twist of cool and luxury meets traditional. The hotel’s Raw & Cured restaurant is situated in the hotel’s ‘Herb House Spa’ and gives its visitors the feeling of ultimate tranquillity. The design of the restaurant is based on its ethos of quality, seasonal and sustainable.

“Raw & Cured is about eating simply and focusing on the natural taste of quality ingredients. This reflects our natural, authentic approach to our treatments; it is feel-good food, and we want our guests to leave feeling great!” – Lime Wood Hotel

The whole space is just beautiful and gives such an elegant and relaxing feel to the experience of visiting the Lime Wood Hotel.” 
Team Leader of Interior Design at FRAME Recruitment


5. The Duna Arena – 2017 – NAPUR Architect – Tecton Architect and Consulting  

The Duna Arena in Budapest is an impressive design that has housed several major events in sporting history, such as the FINA world championships.

The building’s façade is designed with a wave effect to mirror its aquatic interior and inside you’ll find an impressive three-level competition hall with a 10 lane, 50-metre competition swimming pool. It really is a sporting destination with a wow factor.

The Duna Arena has amazing memories for me as it was the venue I won my first global medal. The pool had been re-developed to host the 2017 World Swimming Championships and I was, therefore, one of the first people to race in it.
Martin Bennell, Managing Director of FRAME Recruitment


6. The Vessel (TKA) – 2019 – Thomas Heatherwick

The Vessel (TKA) was built and designed as part of the Hudson Yard Redevelopment in Manhatten, New York. The structure's name is temporary, as indicated by the TKA abbreviation, meaning "Temporarily Known As".

This iconic structure built to plans by the British Designer Thomas Heatherwick showcases an elaborate honeycomb-like structure and is the main feature of the five-acre Hudson Yards Public Square.

The concept of Vessel was unveiled to the public on the 14th September 2016, it topped out on in December 2017 with the installation of the highest piece, and opened on the 15th March 2019.

 “With an imminent trip to New York coming up, my research on attractions in Manhatten pointed me in the direction of the Hudson Yard development. What stood out as part of the first phase was Vessel. An absolutely stunning 16 story structure of 154 flights of stairs gives the naked eye the feel of a honeycomb.  The 2,500 steps might put some people off but I’m looking forward to taking the challenge and to climb this soaring manmade landmark and enjoy the stunning city views it offers”.
Nic Jones, Group Marketing Director of FRAME Recruitment


7. Jumeriah Al Qasr Hotel – Dubai – 2019 - Khuan Chew of KCA International Interior Design

Jumeirah Al Qsar, translating to ‘The Palace’ is one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. The hotels traditional Arabian exterior and interior set the tone for the ultimate luxury Middle-Eastern experience.

Nestled in the heart of the Madinat Jumeriah, the hotel has been redesigned by Khuan Chew of KCA International Interior Design to make a lasting impression on its guests.

All 294 rooms have been designed using the colour pallets of rich navy’s, oranges and blues to reflect a contemporary, yet traditional Middle Eastern vibe.

Visiting the Jumeriah Al Qsar was one of the most memorable experiences from my holiday to Dubai. I was immediately wowed by the hotel’s beauty and luxuriant design. When you arrive at Al Qsar, you feel like you are walking into a Palace. Every detail of the hotel's design is stunning and it is hard not to be impressed. It really is the ultimate Middle-Eastern experience and one I will remember for a long time.
Jasmine Stirling, Marketing Executive of FRAME Recruitment


8. Morpheus Hotel - 2018 – Zaha Hadid Architects

In 2018, Zaha Hadid Architects revealed the opening of the Morpheus Hotel in Macau, China. The design of the hotel makes a huge statement amongst its neighbouring buildings and is the “world’s first free-form high rise exoskeleton.”

The building’s exterior is a contemporary bold grid design which also runs throughout the inside of the building’s internal walls. Inside the hotel, the interior is just as bold, with contemporary statues, glass elevators, 770 cutting-edge guest rooms and an impressive rooftop spa.

“The design is pretty amazing and definitely has that wow factor. Conceived as a vertical extrusion of its rectangular footprint, a series of voids is carved through its centre to create an urban window connecting the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city and generating the sculptural forms that define the hotel’s public spaces.”
Recruitment Consultant at FRAME Recruitment


9. Singapore Changi Airport – 2013 - Safdie Architects

Singapore Changi Airport was designed to create a “new community-centric typology as the heart of the heart and soul of Changi Airport.”

The £951 million dome-shaped building designed by Safdie Architects makes a fantastic first impression for any tourists arriving in Singapore. To reflect the identity of Singapore, the airport has been designed as a ‘city in a garden’ and is home to over 2,000 trees and a showstopping interior waterfall which is over 40-metres tall.

What I love about this fantastic design by Safdie Architects is that they have transformed an airport into a major attraction. Changi Airport is more than an airport, it is remarkable. My favourite part of the design, which I’m sure many people would agree with its huge indoor waterfall and the huge netted play area. I also love that the space is full of tropical trees. You really do feel like you have arrived in Singapore.
Lead Consultant at FRAME Recruitment


10. National Aquarium Denmark – 2013 – 3XN

The National Aquarium in Denmark which opened in 2013 was designed to upgrade an Aquarium in Charlottenlund, which closed in 2012. Shaped like an enormous whirlpool from above and close to Copenhagen Airport, the aim of the redesign was to focus on the elements of the sea and create a long-standing impression on anyone flying into the city.

The aquarium has also been designed with the initiative of reducing energy expenditure, to share highly informative marine information and be a hub for education.

This striking design by 3XN has even won leading industry awards, including the In Situ Award 2013, Danish Steel Award 2014, European Aluminum Award 2014, RIBA European Award 2014.

I love that this award-winning design by 3XN gives the illusion of a whirlpool and its wave-like shapes make you want to go inside to see if the interior is just as beautiful as the exterior. The reflective mirrors on the façade of the design give a glistening impression, which makes its audience feel as though they are standing in front of the sea.
Senior Recruitment Consultant, FRAME Recruitment  

So, there you have it, our favourite designs of the tens. We are already seeing some fantastic designs emerging in 2020 but we are looking forward to seeing what the next decade has in store.

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