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YOD aimed to express the Buddha-Bar brand DNA authentically in the context of New York. Gravity pendant fixtures by Kateryna Sokolova for Forestier are influenced by traditional Asian arts, from weaving to bamboo constructions. Low, warm lighting and dark colors foster a sense of intimacy in the main dining room. A million-dollar parametric statue of Buddha made of frosted glass surveys the entry.
In the renovated basement, flooring is poured concrete. The new plan connects the ground-floor bookstore, visitor service desk, main gallery, and skylighted drawing room gallery to office spaces on the second floor and to the basement. The center focuses on the exhibition of works on paper, both historical and contemporary. The stairway to the basement features dynamic sketching directly on walls. The cast-iron columns are original to the 19th-century building.
Diamond steel mesh used as fencing allows for air movement and a sense of openness. A glass roof with convex steel supports provides lateral bracing and shields pedestrians from the elements while still flooding the fiber-reinforced plastic footpath with sunlight. The bridge is illuminated by LEDs at night. The distinctive lenticular-truss design satisfies the need for a lightweight structure that boldly spans multilane West Street.
A financial investment firm specializing in timberland revamped its global headquarters, leveraging the surrounding dense woods as design inspiration. Offices feature glass fronts with sliding glass doors to enhance transparency and daylight. The AIA Award–winning design complements rather than competes with its outdoor setting. An informal oak-floored lounge fronts the lake, bringing visitors and employees together.
A grand stair showcases CDG’s modern design. Vermella Union offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and luxury amenities. The complex features an expansive list of amenities including a kitchen/bar. The drama created by the staircase on the first level continues on the second floor with the addition of an architectural skylight.
Throughout, reclaimed wood and metals pay homage to the history of the industrial waterfront neighborhood. The Childs Dreyfus Group designed many of the public spaces as well as selected finishes for the rental units. A private lounge with kitchenette is defined by timber beams. A half-moon marble desk sits within an elegant wood-lined niche in reception.
Baseball iconography—like this ash wood and powder-coated bronze feature wall outside the Home Plate cafeteria—drove the concept of the five-story headquarters. Bat handles on exhibit. At the Field of Beans coffee bar, leather benches are joined by Uhuru Hono stools. The MLB logo rendered in neon. Surrounded by 30 screens, one for each team, reception features Rodolfo Dordoni’s Freeman sectionals on a custom rug with a design derived from baseball field mowing patterns.
Perforated powder-coated steel screens not only provide texture and privacy but also accentuate the atrium’s 53-foot height without screaming “feature wall.” The new tiered auditorium provides a dynamic space for lectures and meetings. Engineered oak and white-painted walls lend brightness to windowless spaces. An M.C. Escher–esque staircase floats through the atrium at slightly skewed angles.
Indigo plaster provides a foil for the golden sconce in a guest room. Nobu Chicago’s luxury rooftop. The restaurant is dominated by a resin-leaf sculpture. The Sake Suite bathroom foregrounds a teak tub. Inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi, gold-lacquer grout repairs a faux crack in the plaster wall behind the lobby reception desk.
Plaster architectural details define the main stair. The serene café serves organic food and wine. Through its highly edited design and equally painstaking services, the club provides members with an unprecedented approach to wellness. Limewashed exposed-concrete walls and minimalist furniture with sensuous curves foster a sense of calm. A quietly sybaritic treatment room.
Digital media animates the atrium. Furnishings bring contemporary Scandinavian style to lounge areas. Open floor plans and interconnected levels have comfortable corners carved out for private conversations and relaxation. The atrium is designed to increase creativity and innovation by bringing people together. The grand stair incorporates bleacher seating, making it an ideal place for quick breaks.
By climbing the grand staircase to the mezzanine level, guests gain access to the restaurant, Provisions Kitchen & Cocktails, and the Sheraton Club Lounge. Pendant lighting provides a warm glow in the moody lobby bar. A cozy desk nook in the business center. Pockets of greenery dot communal areas. Throughout, mid-century-inspired artworks grace walls.
Seamlessly embedded in the structure, glass walls disappear into the concrete floor and wood ceiling. The sauna comprises a wood-slat floor that climbs up the slanting walls to create benches. Resistant to salt air, pre-patinated copper clads the exteriors. Guests enter the main lodge via a covered terrace with a suspended fireplace. The little compound ovelooks Lyngen fjord. Bathrooms feature Carrara marble stone tile by Giovanni Barbieri in showers.
A conference room’s moveable walls open to the lounge to create one large space for town hall meetings and events; banquettes in the lounge are upholstered in toile designed by Shantell Martin. Simple moves such as keeping the existing terra-cotta ceiling kept costs low while highlighting the solid bones of the landmarked building. A cozy niche within the library.
In SOM’s Chicago studio, a communicating stair with custom perforated-steel balustrades connects two levels of design studios and creates opportunities for unplanned encounters. Open to the building’s airy, terra-cotta-clad lightwell, the studio is a visible hive of activity, embodying the atmosphere of a design atelier. In San Francisco, a blackened-steel staircase at the heart of the office leads to a space for the entire team to connect and enjoy stunning views of the Bay.
The building is on the Atlanta BeltLine, so the goal was to incorporate natural, industrial materials that would tie the office into the surrounding environment. Small pods with acoustic surrounds are placed throughout the office to allow for heads-down work needs as well as small confabs. Acoustic baffles overhead control noise in the café. Built-in booths and tiered seating form overflow breakout spaces adjacent to the meeting center. Vintage advertisements serve as artwork.
The Nave Chancel was reconfigured, which required new steel and concrete structures. The grounds were re-landscaped with new plantings and lighting to enhance the graveyard in its capacity as a lower Manhattan oasis where parishioners, community members, and tourists often relax. Handcrafted historic ornamentation was conserved. Broadcast lighting and audio equipment is skillfully hidden to allow for the taping and broadcast of services and concerts.
A view of the Morgan Library & Museum’s contemporary Madison Avenue entry pavilion, its steel coated in a rosy off-white paint that nods to the pink Tennessee marble of the historic McKim building and Annex. The Sherman Fairchild Reading Room is where visitors can consult the library’s rare manuscripts under natural light. Fine cherry paneling clads Gilder Lehrman Hall, a new jewel-box performance space.
All 19 floors of the Akamai Technologies headquar-ters building are connected by a mile-long continuous vertical path—the AkaMile—encouraging foot travel between levels. The Network Operations Command Center boasts a 100-foot-long digital wall broadcasting live data from around the world. A pattern of intersecting lines traverses each floor, growing more concentrated in collaboration spaces and sparser near quiet workstations.
The upper-level office has a small pantry with a sink and mini fridge. High-gloss hot-pink lacquer walls surround the dining room. A new folded-plate stair with glass balustrade connects the duplex’s two stacked living rooms and foyers. The serene upper-floor powder room is a study in shades of gray. Deep-blue lacquer covers the walls and built-in bookcases in the upper-level library.
The art barn, pool house, and garage respond to the original architecture while creating new spatial experiences. A view of the cast-in-place garage. The interior of the new pool house was designed to be simple and clean of line. The new parged stone wall acts as a datum that integrates the new structures with the original glass pavilion while also producing a dynamic sequence of spaces as guests move throughout the hilly landscape. The art barn contains two galleries for the owner’s collection.
Floridian garden motifs animate the Boca Raton resort’s Flamingo Grill, a mid-century chophouse. Previously known as the Garden Room, Sadelle’s brunch restaurant is suffused with the brand’s signature blue lacquer paneling to create the feeling of a European patisserie. The exterior of the Harborside Pool Club. Rockwell Group stripped away remnants of previous renovations to re-center the Palm Court as the heart of the property.
A cozy library is one of many attractive amenities at the Barrett luxury apartment building, the client’s flagship property, designed by RD Jones + Associates. The grand stair joining the lobby to second-floor amenities is encircled by an expertly detailed elliptical metal screen. The entertainment kitchen is defined by organic-shape millwork. A chandelier of hand-blown Czech crystal “pearls” drapes across the lobby ceiling.
Rapt Studio employed an outdoorsy/tech aesthetic for global multibrand VF Corporation’s headquarters in Denver. In the double-height lobby, a connecting stair incorporates bleacher seating. The second-floor interview room, with a Jephson Robb table and Naoto Fukasawa chairs, gets a close-up view of the fitness center’s climbing wall. Fixtures, finishes, and textures pull from nature’s color palette with honest, weathered materials like stone and wood.
Rapt Studio’s “Tell Me More” attracted visitors from across the globe who came to Milan to celebrate design. Erik Bruce fabricated drapery for the individual “stages” where visitors wrote their queries, creating thoughtful compositions with both color and opacity. Brooklyn-based lighting studio Rich Brilliant Willing provided decorative fixtures, including the Vitis chandelier. Underfoot were Mae Engelgeer’s groovy Swell rugs for Moooi Carpets.