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This week we highlighted the best US and Chinese architecture projects of 2022


Chinese architecture of the year

This week on Dezeen, we continued our review of the year by looking at the most interesting buildings completed in the USA, UK and China this year.

Along with focusing on the key projects in the countries where Dezeen is based including the Water Drop Library (above), we also looked at the best houses of the year, best extensions and best cabins of 2022.

Exterior of Iqon tower in Quito by BIG
BIG completed the Iqon skyscraper in Quito

In architecture news, two major skyscrapers were completed in Quito. Danish architecture studio BIG revealed its Iqon skyscraper, which is defined by numerous cascading balconies, near La Carolina park in the Ecuadorian capital.

Built for the same client, Boston-based architecture studio Safdie Architects unveiled its Qorner skyscraper, which has a snaking profile with staggered apartments designed to look like an undulating hillside.

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine by Santiago Calatrava
The St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church officially opened

In New York, the Santiago Calatrava-designed St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which replaces a 19th-century church destroyed in the 9/11 attack, officially opened at the World Trade Center site.

Also in the city Studio Gang completed the 11 Hoyt residential skyscraper and OMA created a pair of stated skyscrapers in Brooklyn.

A man wearing Dyson Zone headphones
Dyson launched Dyson Zone

In design news, Dyson launched its air-purifying headphones that air “to tackle the dual challenges of city noise and air pollution”.

Named Dyson Zone, the noise-cancelling headphones come with a detachable visor for filtering out air pollutants.

A living room set for Black Panther
Five of Jomo Tariku’s afrofuturist chairs feature in Wakanda Forever

In a pair of articles focused on the design of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we spoke to Ethiopian-American designer Jomo Tariku about his five afrofuturist chairs that were featured in the film.

The film’s Oscar-winning designer Ruth E Carter told Dezeen that the costumes in the film “push the boundaries” in an exclusive interview.

Bacchanalia London
Bacchanalia opened in London

Popular projects this week included a restaurant in London with monumental sculptures designed by Damien Hirst (above), a villa in Tulum and an eight-sided house in an Oregon desert.

Our most recent lookbook showcased interiors that use this year’s Pantone Color of the Year for 2023.

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