Top 50 Future World Attractions
AL FAYAH PARK
1.3 M. SO FT. TBC
An ambitious project by architect Thomas Heatherwick. Al Fayah Park is set to cover a large area of arid desert with lush green foliage. The parks numerous gardens will be protected by avast canopy, designed to look like parched desert earth.
BUENOS AIRES FORUM
3,300 FT. $3.33 BILLION
Perched on an island in the River Plate, the Buenos Aires Forum will be connected to the mainland by a 5km long viaduct The unique shape was designed by Julio Torcello, who was inspired by the twisted formation of human DNA.
THE GOODS LINE
1640 FT. $5 – 10 MILLION
Stretching from Railway Square to Darling Harbour. Sydneys upcoming project The Goods Line will become a haven for cyclists and pedestrians. Construction has already begun on this city-centre corridor, which will host pop-up events and festivals.
7400 ACRES £100 BILLION
The Khazar Island development is a daringly audacious project, conceived by Azerbaijani businessman Ibrahim Ibrahimov. If realised. 41 artificial islands will be placed in the Caspian Sea over the next ten years, creating a luxurious floating city.
5M SQ.FT $1.5 BILLION
Known simply as The Crescent’, this lunar-inspired hotel will become Baku’s latest landmark. Set on an artificial island just off the coast the seven-star facility will tower over the Caspian Sea -with a sister full moon-shaped complex set to follow.
322,000 SQ. FT $106 M
A futuristic pier stretching out to sea, the aptly-named Museum of Tomorrow has been long anticipated by residents of Rio de Janeiro. The museums opening was hoped to coincide with the 2014 World Cup, but the project has since been delayed.
Famed architect Zaha Hadid has been commissioned to create the Sleuk Rith Institute – a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime. The design features elements of traditional Cambodian architecture and materials.
3280 FEET $1.2 BILLION
Standing at an incredible kilometre in height the planned Wuhan towers will become the tallest buildings in the world. Set on an island, the eco-friendly towers will feature homes, gardens, and a number of suspended celestial restaurants’.
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Chinas plans to build a self-sufficient Floating City may seem like science fiction. However, if funding is secured, this futuristic floating metropolis could become reality. The city would feature an extensive network of underwater tunnels.
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The curved design of the upcoming Changsha Bridge has drawn influence from two very different sources – the shape of a Möbius strip, and ancient Chinese knots. The bridge will span the Meixi Lake, and construction is due to finish in 2015.
DAWANG MOUNTAIN RESORT
1.3 M SO. FEET TBC
The impressive-sounding Dawang Mountain Resort Deep Pit Ice and Snow World is set to put Changsha on the map. The site will include a water park. Entertainment Ice World, and numerous gardens – all based around an old mining quarry pit.
SONGJIANG SHI MAO HOTEL
50 FEET $520 MILLION
Known informally as the Cave Hotel, this ground-breaking development will be built into the wall of an abandoned Chinese quarry. Two of the hotels storeys will sit underwater, whilst the very top will rise just 15 metres above the ground.
453 FEET $70 MILLION
Construction of the Guangzhou Grcle – an enormous circular structure in Chinas Guangdong province – was completed in 2014. Although various companies have moved in, the general public won’t be able to access the site until later this year.
NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF CHINA
1.3 M SO FEET TBC
The current National Art Museum of China was completed in 1962. Officials have commissioned architect Jean Nouvel to design a new home for the collection. Her design includes a vast perforated facade, which will house an indoor garden.
HELLO KITTY PARK
23 ACRES $317 MILLION
Hello Kitty Park opened on the 1st of January, and is predicted to attract a million visitors in 2015. The park’s home town of Anji has invested heavily in tourism in recent years, and the attraction will cement the areas status as a holiday destination.
818.000 SO. FT TBC
Billed as a ‘hi-tech’ amusement park. Beijing’s upcoming Eternity Passage will merge traditional Chinese elements with the latest technology. Planned rides include Voyages of Discovery. Nuwa Mends the Heaven, and Haunted Farm.
HOUSE OF PEACE
33,000 SO. FT $28 MILLION
Floating like a cloud across Nordhavn harbour, Copenhagen’s ethereal House of Peace is designed to be a centre of tranquillity. Visitors will explore the structure by boat, drifting aimlessly beneath the distinctive smooth white canopy.
753,000 SO. FT TBC
This distinctive snowflake-shaped structure will become the world’s largest ski dome if construction goes ahead as planned. The design features three overlapping arches, which will create an incredible 3km of slopes and other facilities.
MALL OF THE WORLD
48 MILLION SO. FT
In a characteristically ostentatious move, Dubai have announced plans to build the worlds first indoor city. The Mall of the World will feature replicas of Oxford Street and Broadway. 20,000 hotel rooms, and the world’s largest indoor theme park.
Not content with covering the land with vast skyscrapers and glittering hotels, developers in Dubai are turning to the sea. The planned Water Discus hotel looks worthy of a Bond villains lair, and will allow guests to sleep beneath the waves.
PEARL OF DUBAI
There are currently very few underwater sites of interest in Dubai. Reef Worlds, an American developer, has been commissioned to change this by building the ambitious Pearl of Dubai – an ancient lost city submerged beneath the waves.
THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
870,000 SO. FT
Years of unrest have severely disrupted Egypt’s tourism industry. However, the Grand Egyptian Museum – the largest archaeological museum in the world – is finally nearing completion. The building will house Egypt’s treasures and artefacts.
MUSEUM OF THE HUMAN BODY
84,000 SO. FT TBC
These unusual curved buildings will house the upcoming Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier. A series of innovative glass fibre panels will move across the museum throughout the day, shading visitors from the changing sunlight
MONTA BO RESORT
280,000 SO. FT TBC
This floating glass structure is designed to sit on Montabo Hill Visitors with a fear of heights will struggle, as the buildings arms will extend out into thin air. Currently conceptual, it is hoped that the structure will one day be commissioned.
This proposed hotel will turn shipping containers into high-end rooms. The design allows each container to be independently removed from the structure. If building goes ahead, companies will be invited to sponsor themed rooms.
203 FEET TBC
Planned for the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, this offbeat egg-shaped structure would be powered by solar panels and rooftop wind turbines. However, whether this unusual ovoid building will ever see the light of day remains to be seen.
32 MILLION SO. FEET
Originally scheduled for 2014, Indonesias long-awaited Funtasy Island development is set to open later this year. Luxurious villas, activity centres, and the worlds largest eco-theme park will spread across the tropical Riau Archipelago.
CITY OF DREAMS HOTEL TOWER
1.6 MILLION SO. FT. TBC
Macau is the worlds most densely populated region. The skyline is dominated by skyscrapers, soon to be joined by this twisted cuboid hotel by Zaha Hadid. The metal exoskeleton and central void make this design particularly distinctive.
AL NOOR TOWER
1771 FEET $1 BILLION
As one of the most economically important cities in Africa, Casablanca is keen to cement its status as a business hub. It is hoped the Al Noor Tower – a landmark development and potentially the tallest building in Africa – will do just that.
The self-sustainable Krystall Hotel, a floating ice crystal’ set in the fjords of Tromso, is slated to become the best place to view the northern lights. Visitors will be able to enjoy a spa and wellness centre, as well as the famed aurora borealis.
LOFOTEN OPERA HOTEL
118,000 SO. FT. TBC
Designed to blend in with the surrounding area’s mountainous terrain, the Lofoten Opera Hotel was conceived by international architecture firm Snphetta. The inconspicuous curled building will sit on one of Norway’s major tourist routes.
175.000 SO. FT TBC
The cliffs of Lima could soon host the Unbalance Hotel, a precarious-looking structure designed to imitate a picture frame. The building is intended to become a landmark attraction, without blocking the city’s view of the Pacific Ocean.
7 MILES $12 BILLION
By 2021, Qatar hopes to open the revolutionary Doha Sharq Crossing – a 12m network of underwater tunnels and bridges connecting different sections of the city. Although designed to alleviate traffic, the tunnels will also attract tourists.
656 FEET TBC
Another striking design by Zaha Hadid, this latticed building will contain a hotel, business centre, casino, and shops. However, construction has so far been repeatedly delayed, and the future of this Bucharest-based project remains unclear.
1515 FEET $2.56 BILLION
The Lakhta Center was originally intended for Saint Petersburg. However, following a heated debate, the towers foundations are now being laid in Lakhta. Once completed, the structure will become the tallest building in Russia and Europe.
1312 FEET TBC
Plans were unveiled in 2013 for Akhmat Tower – a 400-metre skyscraper in the shape of a Nakh military tower. The structures star-shaped base is the first of 80 floors, which will eventually be filled with apartments, hotel rooms, and a museum.
JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT
1.4 M SO. FT. $1 BILLION
Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport will be able to welcome over 24 million passengers every year once the second terminal is completed. The project includes a vast glass dome, featuring lush gardens and the world’s highest indoor waterfall.
This space-age cube is a potential design for the Kezmarka Hut hostel, set to be built in the Slovakian mountains. In stark contrast with the futuristic exterior, the rooms and common areas would feature warm wood and cream furnishings.
1312 FEET $104.3 MILLION
Development has already begun on the Lotus Tower, with completion predicted later this year. The top of the structure will form the shape of a lotus flower, and a special glass coating will alternate the towers colour between pink and yellow.
TAIPEI PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
540.000 SO. FT.
The skeleton structure of the upcoming Taipei Performing Arts Centre has been completed, with the rest of the work scheduled for early 2015. The design was inspired by geometric patterns, and features a large sphere and several cube buildings.
1,030 FEET TBC
The MahaNakhon’s neighbouring CUBE development has already opened, with the main tower currently still under construction. The unique ‘pixellated’ design will be created by a glass curtain wall, which will be cut into a cuboid spiral.
1.200 FEET £175M
The long-awaited Garden Bridge project in London may finally be nearing reality. If realised, the bridge will span the River Thames between Temple Station and the Southbank Centre. The whole structure will be covered with lush greenery.
136 MILES TBC
Devised by Norman Foster, the Sky Cycle development would see some 136 miles of raised cycle paths built across London. Ten different routes would be held aloft by a network of pylons – although at this stage the plans are merely conceptual.
9250 SQUARE FEET
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the exciting +POOL project looks set to be built This cross-shaped pool will float in New Yorks Hudson River, filtering half a million gallons of water as it passes through to make it safe for bathers.
The home of Virgin Galactic. Spaceport America actually opened in 2011. However, it won’t become a major tourist attraction until commercial space flights become a reality. Until then, the building stands as an emblem of things to come.
NEW YORK WHEEL
625 FEET $400 MILLION
A structure to rival the London Eye. the New York Wheel will become the tallest observation wheel in the world. Construction is slated to begin on Staten Island this year. Once open, developers hope the ride will attract 30,000 visitors a day.
LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART
TBC $300 MILLION
Perhaps unsurprisingly. George Lucas upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art features a futuristic design. A suspended floating disc will cover a selection of works from his own personal collection, along with props from his various films.
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL
563 FEET TBC
A gargantuan project set to take decades to complete, the Crazy Horse Memorial has been in progress since 1948. Once finished, it will become the world’s largest sculpture. The site currently houses a museum, cultural centre, and workshop.
PHOENIX OBSERVATION TOWER
420 FEET $60 MILLION
Although plagued by numerous planning issues and delays, developers are hoping to secure funding for this honey dipper-shaped observation tower. The spiralled floors will offer shops, restaurants, and stunning views of the Phoenix landscape.
167 FEET $52.7 MILLION
With two-thirds of the vessel located underwater, the ambitious SeaOrbiter project is set to revolutionise sea exploration. Although the first model will be used as a marine research facility, it could pave the way for similar commercial projects.