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The top future world attractions
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The top future world attractions

Suzie Dalton
By Suzie Dalton - 21 minute read

From the tallest build­ing in Europe to under­wa­ter hotels, the top tourist attrac­tions of the future are pret­ty unique. Many of these projects have been com­plet­ed, are par­tial­ly-cre­at­ed or are being planned for the com­ing years – and they’re noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar. We take a look at the futur­is­tic tourist attrac­tions that look like some­thing out of a sci-fi movie!

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The unusu­al cir­cu­lar shape of the Guangzhou Circle

Guangzhou Circle, China

The unusu­al cir­cu­lar shape of the Guangzhou Cir­cle was appar­ent­ly designed to con­trast with West­ern sykscrap­ers. With the inner hole mea­sur­ing 50 metres in diam­e­ter, the two cir­cu­lar facades of the build­ing car­ry immense val­ue as they are designed to rep­re­sent a lucky num­ber 8, with the prin­ci­ples of feng shui in mind.

Nation­al Art Muse­um of China

Work on the new Nation­al Art Muse­um of Chi­na has appar­ent­ly start­ed, but there’s no com­ple­tion date in sight. Designed by Jean Nou­v­el, the build­ing will boast an intri­cate­ly pat­terned and per­fo­rat­ed façade that will wrap around part of the muse­um, under which there will be an indoor gar­den occu­py­ing a six-storey atrium.

The Goods Line, Sydney

Opened in August 2015, The Goods Line is a part­ly ele­vat­ed urban walk­way that runs from Cen­tral Sta­tion in the Syd­ney cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict to Dar­ling Har­bour. This fas­ci­nat­ing regen­er­a­tion scheme has brought life to the area, as the walk­way fol­lows the route of a once bustling but long neglect­ed stretch of rail­way line. Boast­ing a num­ber of plat­forms’, the area has been cre­at­ed with pub­lic enter­tain­ment, recre­ation, fes­ti­vals and study in mind.

Khaz­ar Islands, Azerbaijan

Due to be com­plet­ed in 2025, this would have been one of Azerbaijan’s top tourist attrac­tions of the future. The plan had been to cre­ate 41 arti­fi­cial islands which would extend 12 miles into the Caspi­an Sea, and would host 150 schools and 1million res­i­dents in lux­u­ri­ous accom­mo­da­tion. Some of the islands and sykscrap­ers were cre­at­ed, with Saint Tropez Beach being opened, but the project ran into trou­ble in 2015 and has been on-hold ever since. Azer­bai­jan Tow­er (which was meant to be the tallest build­ing in the world) has also been tem­porar­i­ly shelved.

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Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

With the world’s tallest indoor water­fall (the Rain Vor­tex’ which is 7 storeys high) and a ter­raced for­est, this nature-themed enter­tain­ment and retail com­plex is locat­ed with­in Singapore’s Chan­gi Air­port. While many peo­ple pass through it enroute to their next flight, you’d be for­giv­en for vis­it­ing sim­ply to bounce on the imag­i­na­tive sky nets – so no sur­pris­es that it’s become one of Singapore’s top tourist attractions!

The Cres­cent in Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan’s cap­i­tal city, is on the verge of a proud moment, as the hot­ly antic­i­pat­ed com­ple­tion of The Cres­cent is due soon. This futur­is­tic mixed-use build­ing will be home to res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ten­ants, plus retail units, a busi­ness and enter­tain­ment cen­tre and a 7‑star hotel. The lunar-inspired build­ing is locat­ed on a man-made island in the Caspi­an Sea, and has been under con­struc­tion since 2009!

The Muse­um of Tomor­row, Brazil

Described by The Guardian as a lit­tle trip­py, a lit­tle hip­py, very wor­thy, but rarely dull’ Rio de Janeiro’s sci­ence and art muse­um is a sight to behold. Focussing on ideas rather than objects, it cham­pi­ons sus­tain­able mes­sages, with a focus on the need to change our ways in order to avoid cli­mate dis­as­ter and social collapse.

Phoenix Tow­ers, China

The Phoenix Tow­ers Project in Wuhan has yet to find its feet. Once start­ed (and com­plet­ed!) the aim is for the tow­ers to be the tallest pair of build­ings in the world, stand­ing at 1km high. 

The Lucky Knot, China

The impres­sive Lucky Knot bridge in Chang­sha is a spec­tac­u­lar steel pedes­tri­an bridge that is designed to look like it has no begin­ning and no end. Span­ning the Drag­on King Har­bor Riv­er in Meixi Lake Dis­trict, it’s actu­al­ly three bridges woven into one. Opened in Octo­ber 2016 and stand­ing at 185 metres long and 24 metres high, it’s under­stand­ably a huge draw for those look­ing to liv­en up their Insta­gram feeds!

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Lotus Tower, Sri Lanka

Stand­ing at 356 metres high, this is the tallest tow­er in South Asia. Com­plet­ed in 2019, the revolv­ing restau­rant at the top is one of the high­lights, though vis­i­tors also enjoy shop­ping here. It’s also a trans­mis­sion cen­tre for radio and tele­vi­sion, and can be seen from 10km away.

Dawang Moun­tain Resort, China

Boast­ing an indoor ski slope, a water park, hotel, restau­rant and shop­ping facil­i­ties, this sleek devel­op­ment in Chang­sha is des­tined to become a top tourist attrac­tion of the future. From the impres­sive cen­tral glass cone that pro­vides con­trolled nat­ur­al day­light to Ice World’ through to the can­tilevered out­door swim­ming pool and 60m high water­fall, this mes­meris­ing struc­ture is bound to draw hoards of out­door enthusiasts.

Songjiang Shi­mao Hotel, China

Built into an aban­doned quar­ry about 20 miles from Shang­hai, this impres­sive five-star hotel claims to be one of the most eco-friend­ly places to stay in Chi­na. Built par­tial­ly under­ground, the hotel includes two under­wa­ter floors and a green rooftop that blends into the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. There’s also a restau­rant that’s spanned by a 33-foot-long aquar­i­um, mak­ing this one of the most unusu­al places to dine.

Hel­lo Kit­ty Park, China

Cost­ing £210million to cre­ate, this amuse­ment park was built to cel­e­brate Hel­lo Kitty’s 40th anniver­sary. With the Hel­lo Kit­ty logo on absolute­ly every­thing (from the toi­let seats to the water bot­tles) this small park is best suit­ed to younger chil­dren who will appre­ci­ate the tame rides.

House of Peace, Denmark

When it’s final­ly built, the Peace House project will sure­ly be one of the top tourist attrac­tions of the future! Designed to be both a build­ing and a work of art, the cloud shaped struc­ture in Copen­hagen is the first of four intend­ed con­struc­tions – the aim is to even­tu­al­ly cre­ate three more in coun­tries around the world. Vis­i­tors will explore the attrac­tion by drift­ing aim­less­ly in boats under­neath the smooth white under­side of the cloud.

Grand Egypt­ian Muse­um, Egypt

Due to be com­plet­ed in late 2021, this $1billion con­struc­tion will be home to around 100,000 ancient arti­facts, 4,549 of which will be from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Locat­ed just out­side Cairo (and next door to the pyra­mids) it’s hoped that around 5million vis­i­tors will vis­it the attrac­tion every year.

Cyber­tec­ture Egg, India

Locat­ed in Mum­bai, this egg-shaped com­mer­cial build­ing was cre­at­ed with sus­tain­abil­i­ty in mind. Using less build­ing mate­ri­als than a tra­di­tion­al sky­scraper struc­ture, the 13-floor build­ing has wind tur­bines and solar pan­els to gen­er­ate elec­tric­i­ty, while grey­wa­ter is used for water­ing the ele­vat­ed garden.

Lakhta Center, Russia

Lakhta Center, Russia

Stand­ing at 462 metres high, the Lakhta Cen­ter is the tallest build­ing in Europe. The tow­er was com­plet­ed in 2018, and the sur­round­ing busi­ness and pub­lic areas are now under con­struc­tion – the aim is for the com­plex to include a sci­en­tif­ic and edu­ca­tion­al cen­tre, a sports zone, a children’s tech­no-park and a range of leisure facil­i­ties includ­ing shops and restaurants.

Fun­ta­sy Island, Indonesia

As the world’s largest eco-theme park, this impres­sive devel­op­ment will be a top tourist attrac­tion of the future – if it’s ever com­plet­ed! Over the last few years, there have been mul­ti­ple delays, though con­struc­tion is ongo­ing. Boast­ing a hotel, lux­u­ry vil­las and eight eco zones, it’s rumoured that the park will fea­ture a mul­ti-sen­so­ry rain­for­est, land and riv­er-based safaris, snorkel and scu­ba zones, an inter­ac­tive dol­phin habi­tat and an aquar­i­um where guests will be able to swim with whale sharks.

City of Dreams Hotel Tow­er, Macau

Fea­tur­ing every­thing from a Parisian tea salon to an art col­lec­tion on the 23rd floor, the Mor­pheus is com­prised of two tow­ers that are inter-con­nect­ed by a sky bridge. With three voids with­in the build­ing, the high-speed panoram­ic lifts offer an unfor­get­table view of the futur­is­tic inte­ri­or, while the roof-top sky pool is the per­fect place to unwind.

Lofoten Opera Hotel, Norway

Com­pris­ing a mix of hotels and apart­ments with an amphithe­atre, spa, and hik­ing and sea water basins, this hot­ly antic­i­pat­ed devel­op­ment has been delayed sev­er­al times. The devel­op­ers were orig­i­nal­ly antic­i­pat­ing a com­ple­tion date of 2020 – watch this space for more news!

Sharq Cross­ing, Qatar

This ambi­tious under­wa­ter traf­fic sys­tem that will con­nect three bridges as they emerge out of the water has final­ly been giv­en the go-ahead by the Qatar gov­ern­ment. Cost­ing 21.2 bil­lion euros ($12billion US dol­lars), the aim is for the sys­tem to trans­port 6,000 vehi­cles per hour. It may not sound like a tourist attrac­tion, but one of the bridges will also host a park and food out­let, a park-like glass walk­way and a funic­u­lar cable car for visitors.

Taipei Per­form­ing Arts Centre,Taiwan

The Taipei Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre is an unword­ly sight! Described as being the bridge between peo­ple and art, the struc­ture is designed to look like a plan­et float­ing in the air. Con­nect­ing three the­atres with an out­door view­ing deck, it’s one of Taiwan’s most pop­u­lar tourist destinations.

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King Power Mahanakhon, Thailand

For­mer­ly known as MahaNakhon, the King Pow­er Mahanakhon boasts a futur­is­tic pix­e­lat­ed glass façade and 77 floors – plus an impres­sive view over Bangkok. Fea­tur­ing Thailand’s high­est obser­va­tion deck at 314 metres, test your nerve by step­ping out onto the glass platform.

+POOL, USA

This icon­ic plus-shaped float­ing pool looks like it has final­ly got the green light. Set to be cre­at­ed with­in the Hud­son Riv­er in New York, the pool will fil­ter and clean 600,000 gal­lons of water from the riv­er every day. Fea­tur­ing four arms’, each will serve a dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es: for chil­dren, sport, swim­ming laps and loung­ing – and it will inevitably quick­ly become New York’s top tourist attrac­tion of the future.

Space­port Amer­i­ca, USA

This unusu­al build­ing is ahead of its time. Designed and built in antic­i­pa­tion of com­mer­cial space flights, it won’t become a tourist attrac­tion until you can hitch a ride with an astro­naut, Until then, use your imag­i­na­tion with this inter­ac­tive space­ship vir­tu­al real­i­ty experience.

Lucas Muse­um of Nar­ra­tive Art, USA

Found­ed by Star Wars film­mak­er George Lucas, this muse­um will open in 2023. Cur­rent­ly under con­struc­tion in Los Angeles’s Expo­si­tion Park, the muse­um will fea­ture gal­leries, state-of-the-art cin­e­mat­ic the­atres, learn­ing and engage­ment spaces, open green spaces, restau­rants, shop­ping oppor­tu­ni­ties and an event space.

Crazy Horse Memo­r­i­al, USA

With no end date in sight, this memo­r­i­al – which will be the world’s largest sculp­ture – has been under con­struc­tion since 1948! When it is even­tu­al­ly com­plet­ed, it will be 563’ high and 641’ long. While it might not be com­plet­ed any time soon, tourists can still head to the vis­i­tor cen­tre to see the work in progress.

These top tourist attrac­tions of the future are fas­ci­nat­ing to read about – but even more impres­sive when you see them in per­son! So what bet­ter excuse to arrange a home swap, than to cook up plans for a vis­it to the King Pow­er Mahanakhon in Thai­landor the Lotus Tow­er in Sri Lan­ka?! To start mak­ing plans to see a futur­is­tic tourist attrac­tion, then head to our Face­book groups to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with our friend­ly com­mu­ni­ty — you could even com­bine your adven­ture with a vis­it to one of our top secret des­ti­na­tions! Whether you’re trav­el­ling with friends and fam­i­ly or solo, there’s so much to enjoy (and if you do hap­pen to be trav­el­ling alone, then you might find this blog on trav­el­ling solo help­ful). And don’t for­get that wher­ev­er you go, and what­ev­er tourist attrac­tion you choose to vis­it, we want to share in your fun! Sim­ply use the hash­tag #welove­home­swap to con­nect with us. If you’d like to share your swap sto­ry, get in touch with us!