A bicycles tethered to a rack are among the artifacts on display. Photo by Jin Lee.
A bicycles tethered to a rack are among the artifacts on display. Photo by Jin Lee.
This Ladder Co. 3 truck carried 11 firefighters from a fire house in the East Village to the Trade Center on 9/11. All of them perished in the North Tower. Photo by Jin Lee.
This Ladder Co. 3 truck carried 11 firefighters from a fire house in the East Village to the Trade Center on 9/11. All of them perished in the North Tower. Photo by Jin Lee.
About 14,000 unidentified human remains are held in this repository in the museum's Memorial Hall. Photo by Jin Lee.
About 14,000 unidentified human remains are held in this repository in the museum's Memorial Hall. Photo by Jin Lee.
Column No. 1,001B, the last section of World Trade Center steel to be removed from Ground Zero, stands 37 feet tall next to the slurry wall inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum, designed by Davis Brody Bond. The museum opened in May.
Column No. 1,001B, the last section of World Trade Center steel to be removed from Ground Zero, stands 37 feet tall next to the slurry wall inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum, designed by Davis Brody Bond. The museum opened in May.
The pavilion is outfitted with materials, including ash slats on the ceiling, that Craig Dykers, founding partner at Snøhetta, says were chosen to "provide a sense of comfort as this is a site filled with a great deal of anxiety." At left are a pair of "trident" columns that survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Photo courtesy of Snøhetta.
The pavilion is outfitted with materials, including ash slats on the ceiling, that Craig Dykers, founding partner at Snøhetta, says were chosen to "provide a sense of comfort as this is a site filled with a great deal of anxiety." At left are a pair of "trident" columns that survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Photo courtesy of Snøhetta.
Artifacts, including a grapple claw and a sign from the World Trade Center PATH station, on display at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Jin Lee.
Artifacts, including a grapple claw and a sign from the World Trade Center PATH station, on display at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Photo by Jin Lee.
Visitors will pass this photograph of the World Trade Center, taken at 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001, as they begin to follow the "ribbon" from the concourse level down to the exhibits at bedrock level. Photo by Jin Lee.
Visitors will pass this photograph of the World Trade Center, taken at 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001, as they begin to follow the "ribbon" from the concourse level down to the exhibits at bedrock level. Photo by Jin Lee.
A section of "impact steel" from the World Trade Center is on display outside the footprint of the South Tower inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
A section of "impact steel" from the World Trade Center is on display outside the footprint of the South Tower inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Airplaine wreckage on display in the historical exhibit. Photo by Jin Lee.
Airplaine wreckage on display in the historical exhibit. Photo by Jin Lee.
One of the box columns from the original Trade Center that the architects were required to preserve and integrate into the museum's design. Photo by Jin Lee.
One of the box columns from the original Trade Center that the architects were required to preserve and integrate into the museum's design. Photo by Jin Lee.
At street level, the museum pavilion sits between the memorial pools that occupy the footprints of the original World Trade Center towers, near the new One World Trade Center skyscraper. Photo courtesy of Snøhetta.
At street level, the museum pavilion sits between the memorial pools that occupy the footprints of the original World Trade Center towers, near the new One World Trade Center skyscraper. Photo courtesy of Snøhetta.
A display from the Chelsea Jeans store near the World Trade Center. Photo by Jin Lee.
A display from the Chelsea Jeans store near the World Trade Center. Photo by Jin Lee.
The Survivors' Stairs inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
The Survivors' Stairs inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Visitors will enter the museum through this pavilion off Greenwich Street, designed by Snøhetta. Image courtesy of Snøhetta.
Visitors will enter the museum through this pavilion off Greenwich Street, designed by Snøhetta. Image courtesy of Snøhetta.
The kitchen, accented with the blue flooring and tiled backsplash, looks much sleeker than it did when the Benoits moved in.
The kitchen, accented with the blue flooring and tiled backsplash, looks much sleeker than it did when the Benoits moved in.
The ground floor has a visitor’s bedroom for when Velma has friends over to stay.
The ground floor has a visitor’s bedroom for when Velma has friends over to stay.
The landscape design, by Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded, followed a 2,200-square-foot extension by Formwork architects Robert and Cecilia H. Nichols. The front door is painted in Chinese Red by Sherwin-Williams.
The landscape design, by Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded, followed a 2,200-square-foot extension by Formwork architects Robert and Cecilia H. Nichols. The front door is painted in Chinese Red by Sherwin-Williams.
A Seattle family tasked Atmosphere Design Build with creating a sustainable dwelling in Nevada City, California, the matriarch's hometown and a historic mining community. The firm's material-driven approach channels the pioneer spirit of the gold rush, without compromising comfort or high-efficiency standards.
A Seattle family tasked Atmosphere Design Build with creating a sustainable dwelling in Nevada City, California, the matriarch's hometown and a historic mining community. The firm's material-driven approach channels the pioneer spirit of the gold rush, without compromising comfort or high-efficiency standards.
Ethan Schussler built his first tree house at 12 years old. His tree house in Sandpoint, Idaho, sits 30 feet above the ground and can be accessed by an "elevator" consisting of a bicycle that, when pedaled, ascends a pulley system to the top.
Ethan Schussler built his first tree house at 12 years old. His tree house in Sandpoint, Idaho, sits 30 feet above the ground and can be accessed by an "elevator" consisting of a bicycle that, when pedaled, ascends a pulley system to the top.
The Bedrock Plank A table is made from solid walnut tree trunk planks, which are held up by a raw iron base that offers plenty of legroom.
The Bedrock Plank A table is made from solid walnut tree trunk planks, which are held up by a raw iron base that offers plenty of legroom.
Ground Zero Master Plan (New York City)

Studio Daniel Libeskind designed the master plan for Ground Zero, a complete redevelopment that features three new towers, a transporation hub, and a museum. Libeskind has been working with firms including Snøhetta, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Santiago Calatrava, to reimagine the Lower Manhattan site.
Ground Zero Master Plan (New York City) Studio Daniel Libeskind designed the master plan for Ground Zero, a complete redevelopment that features three new towers, a transporation hub, and a museum. Libeskind has been working with firms including Snøhetta, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Santiago Calatrava, to reimagine the Lower Manhattan site.
Stacey and Doug get down to business making drinks.
Stacey and Doug get down to business making drinks.
The architects created the illusion of more space by opening up the floor plan, repositioning the staircase and introducing sight lines to the large windows on the south side. Recurring black accents—from the dining room’s Serge Mouille light fixture to its tall bookcases—contrast the brightness of the crisp white walls. Walnut floors and lighter wood furniture like the Klaus Willhelm table and Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs cozy up the home, while colorful objects animate it. “We strongly believe that people do not need more space, they just need better-designed space,” Dubbeldam says.
The architects created the illusion of more space by opening up the floor plan, repositioning the staircase and introducing sight lines to the large windows on the south side. Recurring black accents—from the dining room’s Serge Mouille light fixture to its tall bookcases—contrast the brightness of the crisp white walls. Walnut floors and lighter wood furniture like the Klaus Willhelm table and Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs cozy up the home, while colorful objects animate it. “We strongly believe that people do not need more space, they just need better-designed space,” Dubbeldam says.
Simpatico Homes founder Seth Krubiner has lived in the prefab company’s nearly net-zero prototype since it was customized and lifted onsite in 2011.
Simpatico Homes founder Seth Krubiner has lived in the prefab company’s nearly net-zero prototype since it was customized and lifted onsite in 2011.
Components for low-cost prefab homes designed by Habitat for Humanity and the firm Minarc for South Central Los Angeles were trucked in and assembled over three days. Photos by Art Gray.
Components for low-cost prefab homes designed by Habitat for Humanity and the firm Minarc for South Central Los Angeles were trucked in and assembled over three days. Photos by Art Gray.
In the ground-floor gallery, 40-foot-long library shelving is punctuated by floor-to-ceiling columns made from white acrylic panels that conceal low-cost fluorescent-tube lighting.
In the ground-floor gallery, 40-foot-long library shelving is punctuated by floor-to-ceiling columns made from white acrylic panels that conceal low-cost fluorescent-tube lighting.
Most impressive of all, a solar array on the roof empowers the residents to produce more energy than they consume on-site.
Most impressive of all, a solar array on the roof empowers the residents to produce more energy than they consume on-site.
The F-Factory, in an industrial corner of Zurich, is ground zero for Freitag manufacturing.
The F-Factory, in an industrial corner of Zurich, is ground zero for Freitag manufacturing.
The Bedrock Plank A dining table by Terry Dwan for Riva1920 is made from solid walnut tree trunks with a raw iron base that maximizes under-the-table leg space. Price available upon request.
The Bedrock Plank A dining table by Terry Dwan for Riva1920 is made from solid walnut tree trunks with a raw iron base that maximizes under-the-table leg space. Price available upon request.
Wright’s last major work—and one of his most iconic—sadly didn’t open until six months after the architect’s death. Nevertheless, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the most important pieces of American architecture and is considered to be Wright’s most important contribution.
Wright’s last major work—and one of his most iconic—sadly didn’t open until six months after the architect’s death. Nevertheless, the Guggenheim Museum is one of the most important pieces of American architecture and is considered to be Wright’s most important contribution.
The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, designed by Russian firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, has a wooden door that mimics the structure's textured concrete exterior.
The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, designed by Russian firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, has a wooden door that mimics the structure's textured concrete exterior.
Melbourne Cricket Ground 

One of the world’s most famous cricket venues, the MCG in inner Melbourne is also Australia’s largest stadium and is referred to within Victoria as the “spiritual home of Australian sport.”Opened in 1854, the MCG hosted Australia’s first bicycle race, served as the centerpiece stadium for the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games and fills to the rafters for the Australian Football League Grand Final every year in September.The MCG is known for its atmosphere, and if you’re feeling especially loutish head to Bay 13, the notorious section of tiered seats that occupies part of the Great Southern Stand. This is where the uber-rowdy and enthusiastic regularly congregate. Photo by: Matthew 70
Melbourne Cricket Ground One of the world’s most famous cricket venues, the MCG in inner Melbourne is also Australia’s largest stadium and is referred to within Victoria as the “spiritual home of Australian sport.”Opened in 1854, the MCG hosted Australia’s first bicycle race, served as the centerpiece stadium for the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games and fills to the rafters for the Australian Football League Grand Final every year in September.The MCG is known for its atmosphere, and if you’re feeling especially loutish head to Bay 13, the notorious section of tiered seats that occupies part of the Great Southern Stand. This is where the uber-rowdy and enthusiastic regularly congregate. Photo by: Matthew 70
In addition to Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, the kitchen features an on-demand hot water recirculation pump that reduces wasteful water heating. Schwinn cabinet pulls adorn the custom cabinetry and the K7 faucet is from Grohe.
In addition to Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, the kitchen features an on-demand hot water recirculation pump that reduces wasteful water heating. Schwinn cabinet pulls adorn the custom cabinetry and the K7 faucet is from Grohe.
By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, the Fords saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero.
By designing the custom cabinetry themselves, and journeying outside Houston to have them made, the Fords saved a bundle—money that they invested in appliances such as this highly efficient dishwasher from Asko, a Professional Series range from Bertazzoni, and an Energy Star–rated BI-30U fridge by Sub-Zero.
A dramatic departure from the Whitney Museum's previous home, a Marcel Breuer building on the Upper East Side, Renzo Piano's recently completed structure in the Meatpacking District opens itself completely to its surroundings.
A dramatic departure from the Whitney Museum's previous home, a Marcel Breuer building on the Upper East Side, Renzo Piano's recently completed structure in the Meatpacking District opens itself completely to its surroundings.
21c Museum Hotel's ground-floor restaurant, The Hive, features Arkansas native Matthew McClure’s take on refined country cooking. The 125-seat restaurant was designed as a communal gathering place for diners; design notes include polished concrete floors, a white glazed-brick bar face, and a Carthage marble bar top (a limestone produced in the region). Terra cotta tiles line the floor, and the pantry is furnished with a selection of jarred house-made pickles, coffee beans, and other provisions.
21c Museum Hotel's ground-floor restaurant, The Hive, features Arkansas native Matthew McClure’s take on refined country cooking. The 125-seat restaurant was designed as a communal gathering place for diners; design notes include polished concrete floors, a white glazed-brick bar face, and a Carthage marble bar top (a limestone produced in the region). Terra cotta tiles line the floor, and the pantry is furnished with a selection of jarred house-made pickles, coffee beans, and other provisions.

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