Design & Architecture

Top 10 Most Impressive Real Estate Projects

Presenting the most spectacular upcoming property projects

17 Nov 2017, words by Sophie McKinley

From​ ​sustainable​ ​development​ ​and​ ​entirely​ ​self-sufficient​ ​ecosystems​ ​to​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​entertainment complexes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​buildings​ ​is​ ​set​ ​to​ ​impress.​ ​Here’s​ ​a​ ​look​ ​at​ ​the​ ​top​ ​10 most​ ​impressive​ ​upcoming​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​projects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world.

1. Museum​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Future,​ ​Dubai

This​ ​technological​ ​museum​ ​is​ ​set​ ​to​ ​be​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​UAE’s​ ​most​ ​revolutionary​ ​architectural​ ​projects. The​ ​museum​ ​is​ ​an​ ​initiative​ ​by​ ​HH​ ​Sheikh​ ​Mohammed​ ​bin​ ​Rashid​ ​Al​ ​Maktoum​ ​(Crown​ ​Prince​ ​of Dubai)​ ​and​ ​will​ ​house​ ​a​ ​network​ ​of​ ​innovation​ ​labs​ ​used​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​ideas​ ​for​ ​future​ ​cities.​ ​Final completion​ ​is​ ​set​ ​for​ ​2020.

Museum of the Future in Dubai
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2.​ ​Dawang​ ​Mountain​ ​Resort,​ ​China

Designed with futurism in mind and resembling something out of a sci-fi movie, the Dawang Resort is already under construction and will be one of China’s biggest tourist attractions. The completed resort will comprise of an entertainment centre with an indoor ski slope, water park, and supporting commercial facilities covering a gross floor area of 120,000m2. The build will be topped by an impressive 557 ft. tall building.

Dawang Mountain Resort in China
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3.​ ​Tour​ ​Triangle,​ ​France

One of the most inspirational projects set to change the Paris real estate landscape, designed by Herzog and de Meuron for Porte de Versailles. Set to be an impressive 200 metres high. The project has been criticised for its controversial size, but has also received much acclaim for its plans to optimise both solar and wind power. Setting a new standard for green architecture in Europe.

Tour Triangle in France
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4.​​ Endless​ ​City​ ​by​ ​SURE​ ​Architecture,​ ​London

Endless​ ​City​ ​has​ ​been​ ​designed​ ​for​ ​the​ ​SuperSkyScrapers​ ​Awards​ ​and​ ​although​ ​there’s​ ​no construction​ ​date​ ​on​ ​the​ ​horizon,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​project​ ​that​ ​could​ ​change​ ​the​ ​UK​ ​capital​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​no other​ ​build​ ​has​ ​done​ ​before.​ ​The​ ​brief​ ​is​ ​to​ ​create​ ​“an​ ​inspirational​ ​typology​ ​for​ ​a​ ​high-quality organic​ ​skyscraper​ ​concept​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tech​ ​city".​ ​And​ ​SURE​ ​Architecture’s​ ​answer​ ​was​ ​a structure​ ​to​ ​accommodate​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​neighbourhood,​ ​with​ ​its​ ​own​ ​ecosystem​ ​entirely.​ ​Featuring residential​ ​areas,​ ​business​ ​and​ ​commercial​ ​zones,​ ​schools,​ ​parks​ ​and​ ​ample​ ​green​ ​space.

Endless City by Sure in London
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5.​ ​Jeddah​ ​Tower,​ ​Saudi​ ​Arabia

Currently under construction and due to be completed in 2020, the Jeddah Tower is set to swipe the Burj Khalifa off the top spot as the world’s tallest building. Located in the city of Jeddah, this skyscraper will be an incredible 1,008 metres high, 180 metres taller than Dubai’s Burj. The preliminary cost output was forecast at SR4.6 billion.

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia
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6.​ ​Suzhou​ ​Zhongnan​ ​Center,​ ​China

Towering​ ​at​ ​729​ ​metres​ ​with​ ​137​ ​floors,​ ​this​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​tallest​ ​building​ ​in​ ​China​ ​once​ ​completed.​ ​The date​ ​is​ ​yet​ ​to​ ​be​ ​announced​ ​as​ ​the​ ​project​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​on​ ​hold.​ ​But​ ​once​ ​building​ ​commences,​ ​the costs​ ​are​ ​estimated​ ​to​ ​be​ ​around​ ​28.5​ ​billion​ ​yuan​ ​(US$4.46​ ​billion)​ ​and​ ​the​ ​centre​ ​is​ ​set​ ​to​ ​beat​ ​the current​ ​Shanghai​ ​Tower​ ​(in​ ​Lujiazui,​ ​Pudong)​ ​in​ ​total​ ​size​ ​and​ ​height.

Suzhou Zhongnan Center in China
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7.​ ​The​ ​Gate,​ ​Cairo

A​ ​4.8​ ​million​ ​square​ ​foot​ ​complex​ ​in​ ​the​ ​city’s​ ​Heliopolis​ ​District,​ ​imagined​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​endless greenspace​ ​and​ ​clean,​ ​purified​ ​air​ ​indoors.​ ​‘Mega​ ​trees’​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​project’s​ ​key​ ​feature,​ ​which describe​ ​its​ ​vast​ ​cylindrical​ ​structures​ ​covered​ ​in​ ​plantlife.​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​eight​ ​buildings​ ​in​ ​total​ ​with luxury​ ​apartments,​ ​offices​ ​and​ ​retail​ ​businesses.​ ​Plus​ ​connected​ ​rooftops​ ​featuring​ ​playgrounds​ ​and gardens.

The Gate in Cairo
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8.​ ​Aequorea,​ ​Brazil

Dubbed​ ​as​ ​the​ ​“underwater​ ​city”,​ ​Aequorea​ ​in​ ​Brazil​ ​is​ ​the​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​architect​ ​Vincent​ ​Callebaut, planned​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coastal​ ​waters​ ​of​ ​Rio​ ​de​ ​Janeiro.​ ​The​ ​concept​ ​is​ ​in​ ​its​ ​early​ ​stages​ ​but​ ​if​ ​the​ ​proposal was​ ​to​ ​be​ ​authorised,​ ​the​ ​buildings​ ​would​ ​go​ ​as​ ​far​ ​as​ ​3,280​ ​feet​ ​below​ ​water​ ​and​ ​there​ ​would​ ​be​ ​a number​ ​of​ ​advanced​ ​eco​ ​features.​ ​Seawater​ ​would​ ​be​ ​desalinated​ ​for​ ​drinking,​ ​microalgae​ ​would​ ​be used​ ​to​ ​recycle​ ​waste,​ ​and​ ​natural​ ​bioluminescence​ ​could​ ​be​ ​harvested​ ​into​ ​light​ ​energy.

Aequorea project in Brasil
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9.​ ​Dubai​ ​one​ ​Tower

Reaching​ ​711​ ​metres,​ ​Dubai​ ​One​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​tallest​ ​residential​ ​building​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​when​ ​completed. The​ ​concept​ ​is​ ​to​ ​appeal​ ​to​ ​both​ ​expats​ ​and​ ​local​ ​professionals​ ​in​ ​search​ ​of​ ​a​ ​luxury​ ​lifestyle.​ ​And​ ​the tower​ ​will​ ​include​ ​a​ ​marina,​ ​a​ ​shopping​ ​centre​ ​and​ ​a​ ​ski​ ​slope​ ​for​ ​entertainment.

Dubai One Tower
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10.​ ​Dubai​ ​Iconic​ ​Tower

This skyscraper will just tip the edge for over-towering the Burj Khalifa once the build is finished. Its most remarkable feature, however, is its unique design. Something which is inspired by Islamic architecture, fusing together sustainable design and contemporary styles with the rich heritage of the UAE. Designed as a part of the Dubai Creek Harbour Project and led by the city’s largest developer, Emaar Properties.

Dubai Iconic Tower
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