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Situation NY: An Installation That Has Everything

Not to be mistaken for the latest pick by Stefon of “Saturday Night Live” for New York’s hottest club, “Situation NY” is an installation at the Storefront 
for Art and Architecture in New York by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes.

Madison Central Library

The once-moribund library in Wisconsin’s capital is dramatically brought to life by MSR

9/11 Memorial Museum

An underground void is transformed into a stirring place of reflection

Lighting Lessons from an Artist

James Turrell’s Guggenheim exhibition plays with perceptions

Interiors Awards 2014: Sports

Ghelamco Arena by Massive Design

Interiors Awards 2014: Public Space

Kanazawa Umimirai  Library by Coelacanth K&H Architects

Interiors Awards 2014: Exhibition

Anne Exhibit at Museum of Tolerance by Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

An Airport Wine Lounge Offers a Treat at the Terminal

The shimmering, jewel-like canopy descends around the bar.

Poltrona Frau Museum

Telling the company’s story, architect Michele De Lucchi imaginatively stages an inspiring museum interior for Poltrona Frau

U.N. North Delegates’ Lounge

Dutch creativity revives an informal meeting space for diplomats at the United Nations

BAM Fisher

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture designs a theater that maximizes flexibility in Brooklyn

U.N. Trusteeship Council Chamber

Salto & Sigsgaard restore  Finn Juhl’s midcentury modern masterpiece 

Interiors Awards 2013: Public Space

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis by HGA

Stedelijk Museum Entry Hall

Petra Blaisse and Desso are woven into the fabric of a newly renovated museum in Amsterdam

IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Award Winners

One Best of Competition, seven Best of Category projects, and an additional 13 projects received Honorable Mentions from more than 100 projects from Mexico and Central and South America

HOK’s Salvador Dalí Museum

Architecture pays homage to Surrealist art with a new museum in Florida

Cranbrook Art Museum

With reverence to Saarinen, SmithGroupJJR renovates and adds to the museum

Julia Ideson Library

With restoration and a new wing, Gensler dramatically updates a Houston landmark

Tampa Covenant Church

Alfonso Architects creates a modern church with old world touches for an Ancient Futurist congregation

Vancouver Community Library

The power of a civic interior to encourage community discovery

Enzo Ferrari Museum

In his hometown, a museum narrates the story of Ferrari and his automobiles

Interiors Awards 2012: Adaptive Reuse

DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Interiors Awards 2012: Historic Restoration

Durant Hall at the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates

Interiors Awards 2012: Public Space

Battery Park City Branch of the New York Public Library in New York designed by 1100 Architect

Interiors Awards 2012: Student/Conceptual

Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts in Omaha, Nebraska designed by University of Nebraska students

Redesign of L.A. City College Music Hall Underway

HGA works on its next performing arts project, Clausen Hall

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum Unveiled

Plans for Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Complex have been presented to the public

Stage I Winners for the National Mall Design Competition Announced

The Trust for the National Mall launched this two-part competition in an effort to revitalize and repair the National Mall for future generations

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Opens Its New Building

Designed by Preston Scott Cohen, the Herta and Paul Amir building opened this week

Cornell and SOM Plan a 'Net-Zero Energy' Building

The project proposes a New York City Tech Campus on a 10-acre site on Roosevelt Island, with a 150-000-square-foot net-zero energy building at its core

Memory Museum: An In-Depth Preview of the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Work progresses on the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Repositioning the Nation’s Capital Through Sustainable Design

A current renovation by VOA Associates at one Washington, D.C.-based office building aims to preserve history while allowing for the evolution of design

Baby, Light My Fire: Pleasanton Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, Calif., Designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design

ELS Architecture and Urban Design restores a historic firehouse in Pleasanton, California and transforms it into a vibrant venue for the presentation of visual and performing arts

Bringing 'Up' the House: House of Culture and Movement, Designed by MVRDV and ADEPT

The design for a new, multi-purpose building—housing health, leisure, culture and education facilities—will take center stage in the City of Frederiksberg, Denmark

Reel Genius: Leeser Architecture designs Astoria’s new Museum of the Moving Image

Leeser Architecture produces a digitally inspired, dramatic statement at Astoria’s new Museum of the Moving Image

Book Light: Noll + Tam Architects design Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, Calif.

Noll + Tam Architects share the light with an efficient design for Valley Hi-North Laguna Library in Sacramento, Calif.

Poetry Lessons: The Angel Island Immigration Station restoration

The Angel Island Immigration Station restoration uncovers voices from the past to tell the story of a dark chapter in American history

Strengthening Security: Philadelphia International Airport Terminal DE, Philadelphia, by Daroff Design Inc + DDI Architects, PC

Daroff Design Inc + DDI Architects, PC, along with Odell Associates and SPG3, enhance traveler experience and security at Philadelphia International Airport Terminal DE via a modern $300-million renovation and expansion

Deadline Extended: 2011 Interiors Awards

Submissions for The 32nd annual award from Contract magazine now due October 1.

The New Days of Ore: Mark Cavagnero Associates transforms the Park City Museum

Mark Cavagnero Associates keeps an eye on the past while transforming the Park City Museum into a beacon of learning and preservation for the future

Classic Bach: KlingStubbins restores the Academy of Music in Philadelphia

KlingStubbins restores “The Most Beautiful Room in Philadelphia” to its original grandeur

Sacred Heart: Trinity School Johnson Chapel by Butler Rogers Baskett

Butler Rogers Baskett designed the new Johnson Chapel at the nexus of the Trinity School to support a variety of activities.

On the Wild Side: Marine Mammal Center by Noll & Tam Architects

A pair of former Nike missile silos take center stage as home to the rescued residents at a 24-hour rescue and rehabilitation facility in Sausalito, Calif.

Restoring Fairytales: The Walt Disney Family Museum by Page & Turnbull and Rockwell Group

Through a creative use of animated color and lighting, as well as advanced technology inclusions, Page & Turnbull and the Rockwell Group restore three, historic military buildings in San Francisco into an engaging Disney masterpiece.

Without Prejudice: TEK Architects designed the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College

TEK Architects has designed the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College to celebrate the triumph of life

Reading the Future: A community library by Davis Brody Bond Aedas in Washington, D.C, sets a 21st-century tone

A new community library by Davis Brody Bond Aedas breaks the traditional mold and sets a 21st-century tone for a citywide library renovation program in Washington, D.C.

Studious Attraction: Tustin Library

The new, vibrant Tustin Library, designed by Field Paoli, in Tustin, Calif. provides a comfortable space for the community to gather, study, and socialize.

My Green Neighbor: GSA Regional Field Office

In a joint venture, Leo A. Daly/LAN and PageSutherlandPage have designed a new Houston office for the General Service Administration that combines sustainability and a welcoming community image.

There’s No Place like Home: Huntsman Architectural Group Adds Warmth to High-Security Dutch Consulate

Traces of California style and Dutch contemporary art do well to make employees forget that they work in a government office.

The Inadmissible Evidence Behind Design

Research has become a hot topic lately in interior design especially in the arenas of sustainability, healthcare, and workplace environments.

Contract Honors Inspirations Award Winners with $5,000 Grants

The 2010 award recognizes socially responsible commercial design at SPUR-hosted event.

Inspirations Awards 2010 Winner Profiles

Five projects are recognized for their innovation and inspiration to socially responsible commercial design by Contract magazine.

Colors to Live By: Experts Predict Color Trends for 2010

What colors will be popular this year, and what will be driving their popularity?

Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

Interiors Awards 2010: Exhibit Winner

One of North America's most distinctive port cities, New Orleans is known around the world for its complex and vibrant culture—a place where Creole cuisine, folk art, jazz, brass bands, and a melánge of languages, influences, and people merge in a shared identity that transcends its diverse population.

The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.

Shades of Night: Why is Light Essential for Your Design?

Lighting designer Leni Schwendinger recently spoke with Contract magazine to discuss the importance of light in design and how it can be utilized to influence and enhance any commercial project.

Convention Centers That Don't Make an Impact

Environmental stewardship is giving some convention centers a competitive advantage.

Educational Design Trends: Food Courting

Colleges are now adapting the integrated design approach to their own campus dining facilities.

Police Presence:Designing the Hollenbeck Police Station

The designers at AC Martin Partners found themselves testing materials for the new Hollenbeck Police Station on a firing range—with semi-automatic weapons.

From Castle to Treasury: Schloss Freudenstein Museum

Converting a palace into a museum is commonplace in Europe, where aproliferation of princes has given way to the democratization of culture. Butfew of these transformations can compare in boldness with that of SchlossFreudenstein, in the Saxon mining town of Freiburg, Germany.

Reading Room

By the year 2000, the 29,000-sq.-ft. Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, N.Y.—designed by renowned architect Charles A. Platt in 1931 as his last civic building—was literally busting at the seams.

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