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The year 1997 in architecture involved some significant events.
- American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, England, designed by Foster and Partners, is officially opened (Stirling Prize 1998).
- British Library in London, designed by Colin St John Wilson, opens.
- Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, designed by Foster and Partners, is completed.
- Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt, designed by Norman Foster, is completed and becomes the tallest building in the European Union (1997-2012).
- The Sky Tower (Auckland) in New Zealand, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328 m (1,076 ft), designed by Craig Craig Moller Ltd, opens on March 3.
- Getty Center in Los Angeles, designed by Richard Meier.
- Shakespeare's Globe in London, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre, is officially opened.
- Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, opens to the public.
- Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, designed by César Pelli, are completed, constituting the world's tallest building until 2003.
- Fondation Beyeler in Riehen near Basel, Switzerland, designed by Renzo Piano, is opened.
- Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, designed by Peter Zumthor, is opened.
- Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia is completed.
- WoZoCo housing in Amsterdam, designed by Jacob and Nathalie de Vries and Winy Maas of MVRDV, is completed.