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The sale of cruises and new proposals from shipping companies have thankfully returned almost to 2019 figures, before the pandemic. This type of trip allows you to admire the most emblematic and spectacular architectural works on a world cruise.

It is estimated that in 2022 the figure of 39 million cruise passengers in Europe will be reached, of which a third will be in Italy (13 million) and in 2023 it will reach 49 million passengers. To accommodate them all, 78 ships will be built in European shipyards over the next five years, with an investment of 47 billion euros.

1000 Trees: Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Architectural works to see on a cruise

After the pandemic break, travelers are returning to large ships, but they are also doing so with new needs, not just in terms of the services offered, which are becoming more spectacular every day. The companies take care to offer new ports, longer stays in some of them or more interesting excursions included in the price. This is why Crocierissime has selected some of the latest proposals for avant-garde museums, buildings and spaces that were built last year or are about to be inaugurated in the first months of 2023. Architectural works to be seen on a cruise among the most evocative in the world.

A group of 1,000 trees in Shanghai

Long closed to tourism due to the Chinese government’s “zero Covid” policy, Shanghai and other cities across the country are slowly starting to reopen. The 1,000 Tress Shanghai project, measuring 300,000 square meters, consists of two tree-covered mountains facing the waterfront, populated by 400 terraces and 1,000 structural columns. The project is signed by the Heatherwick Studio.

Architectural Works on Cruise: Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates never cease to amaze with their new museums and gigantic constructions. One of the most recent is the Zayed National Museum which, thanks to its architecture and contemporary design, is one of the poles of the future cultural district that will rise on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, where the works of today’s best architects such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, which was inspired by the classic domes of Arabic architecture, Frank Gehry’s future Guggenheim (to be completed by 2025), the center Manaratal Saadiyat and the aforementioned Zayedy National Museum by Norman Foster.

In Brazil the largest Christ in the world

The statue of the largest Christ in the world, 37.5 meters high off the base, is being completed in southern Brazil, in Encantado and should be inaugurated, at the same time as a tourist complex currently under construction, in first half of 2023. Encantando’s Christ Protector is 1.5 meters taller than Poland’s Christ the King, officially the world’s tallest, and 34.2 meters taller than Bolivia’s Christ of Concord and his famous compatriot, the Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro, 30 meters high. .

Cristo Protector: Courtesy of

Architectural Works on Cruise: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Located in a former shipyard in the port of Oslo, his project is the work of German studio Kleihues + Schuwerk and is designed both to adapt to the urban environment, without shouting too much, and to last over time. : hence the fact that the materials used for its manufacture are oak, bronze and marble. The only concession to the spectacular, the “Light Hall” on the roof, a room covered with alabaster which acts as a beacon and where contemporary Norwegian artists will exhibit their works. With the new National Museum, Norway gains a unique space for the largest collection of art, architecture and design.

Edge, New York’s panoramic terrace

The tallest outdoor terrace in the Western Hemisphere at New York’s Hudson Yards, which opened in October 2021, is suspended 345 meters above the ground on a spire-shaped outdoor platform that protrudes from the 100th floor to offer the best 360 degree view of Manhattan. Visitors can observe the abyss from the edge of the terrace, separated only by a frameless sloping glass panel.

Sea World in Abu Dhabi

Once again Abu Dhabi offers something new, an attraction suitable for everyone. In partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will present the next generation marine theme park on Yas Island. Built on five covered floors, covering a total area of ​​approximately 183,000 m², it will feature six different uniquely designed kingdoms, offering immersive experiences and dynamic habitats that will welcome different species together, just like in their natural habitat. The largest aquarium in the world will have more than 68,000 marine animals.

M+ Hong Kong Museum

In an ever-changing Hong Kong, a new skyscraper shouldn’t attract attention, but in this case it does. The M+ building in the cultural district of West Kowloon is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world. Located at the southern end of Kowloon and overlooking Victoria Harbour, it is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks, monumental in its architectural form and completely open in its position within the cityscape.

Zaha Hadid’s futuristic and ecological skyscraper in China

While Europe tends to create small buildings, China continues to revolutionize the field of modern architecture with bold proposals and tall skyscrapers. It is heaven for the most avant-garde architects and studios who want to stand out. Zaha Hadid’s architecture studio is at the forefront. After the spectacular and gigantic new airport in Beijing, covering more than 700,000 square meters, it won a new design award for the construction of Tower C. It will be the center of a super financial headquarters and a large center commercial in Shenzhen Bay.

Architectural Works of the Cruise: The New Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Its opening has been pushed back several times since 2018, but it looks like it will finally open to the public in a few weeks. It was thought to arrive in 2022, precisely to have a new celebration of years ending in 22, coinciding with the second centenary of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and the 100 years since the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. It’s one of the most anticipated openings of all time. A museum that will be inaugurated with the biggest ceremony ever seen in all of Egypt. It will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilization and will house over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts.

Dubai Creek Tower: Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers

Dubai Creek Tower, a new Guinness record for height in Dubai

The Spaniard Santiago Calatrava is the author of Dubai’s new architectural project, the Dubai Creek Tower, which aims to challenge the primacy of the Burj Khalifa, the currently tallest structure in the world, with its 828 meters, also located in the emirate. It’s unclear how tall the new skyscraper will be, but it will definitely be taller. The aim of the future Dubai Creek Tower, whose construction work is progressing smoothly after a breakdown due to the pandemic, is to become the new emblem of Dubai.

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