PROJECT: Falkirk Wheel LOCATION: Falkirk, Scotland DATE: 2002 DETAILS: Inspired in part by Legos, Tony Kettle’s design for the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift that links two canals, has also been compared to a Celtic two-headed axe. The Wheel has become one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.
PROJECT: University Town Library, Shenzhen LOCATION: Shenzhen, China DATE: 2007 DETAILS: The winning design in an invited competition, RMJM’s Shenzhen library serves the graduate schools of four Chinese universities. Its long, gently sloping form echoes the surrounding hills.
PROJECT: Okhta Center (Gazprom tower) LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia DATE: Expected 2016 DETAILS: This twisting, 1,300-foot-tall tower with a star-shaped floor plan will house the headquarters of Gazprom, the third-largest company in the world—if it survives fierce opposition to the project from inside Russia and abroad.
PROJECT: Scottish Parliament LOCATION: Edinburgh, Scotland DATE: 2004 DETAILS: Designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles with RMJM acting as executive architect, the irregular volumes of the Scottish Parliament sit beside Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace in the city’s Old Town. Miralles, who died in 2000, hoped the complex would look as if it were “almost surging out of the rock.” The project won the Stirling Prize in 2005.