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The interior of KennaXu Gallery connects to the yard, offering space for communal gatherings. Photography by Kevin, Benmo Studio.  Surrounded by lush ...
Photography courtesy of Yang Bangsheng & Associates Group. The oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Xi’an is ...
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Photography by Elizabeth Felicella. When Mark Rothko created 14 monumental paintings for this interfaith chapel, he intended they be viewed ...
The tide deck. Photography by Max Guliani for Hudson River Park. The Odeon, Nobu, mini golf, ironwork, vintage lofts, views ...

4 Institutional Projects From a Jewish Education Center to an Asian Art Museum

From a Jewish education center to an Asian art museum, institutional projects across three continents shed light on history, religion, and culture.

Photography by Jakub Certowicz.

Firms: NArchitekTURA with Imaginga Studio

Project: Oshpitzin Jewish Center, Oswiecim, Poland

Standout: In a city known for the Auschwitz concentration camp, the complex of restored early 20th–century buildings focuses on the multicultural city prewar, particularly in the public square and museum, where copper, bronze, or Cor-Ten panels are sanded, streaked, rusted, or polished, the archaeological effect inspired by the lives, suffering, and achievements of the people represented in the center’s artifacts and archival photography.

Photography by Pedro Pegenaute. 

Firm: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

Project: Junshan Cultural Center, Beijing

Standout: What began as a clubhouse and sales facility for a Miyun District residential development has morphed into a destination for lectures, art exhibitions, and private functions, drawing in community members with its veil of wood-patterned aluminum panels, sculpted Venetian plaster ceilings, and geometric cuts carved out to interact with the sky, daylight, courtyard, and gardens. 

Photography by BoysPlayNice. 

Firm: Atelier Štepán

Project: Church of Beatified Restituta, Brno, Czech Republic

Standout: Named after early 20th–century martyr Maria Restituta Kafka, who was born a mile away, symbolism abounds here: The circular floor plan represents heaven and eternity, the domed ceiling’s matrix of wooden planks resembles God’s fingerprint, and the rainbow streaming through the upper annular window of 120 foiled glass panels is God himself—but the yellow aperture capping the 100-foot tower nods to Le Corbusier.

Photography by Adam Hunter/LMN Architects.

Firm: LMN Architects

Project: Seattle Asian Art Museum

Standout: The renovation encompassed restoring the landmarked art deco portion to its original splendor, which entailed cleaning and sealing the historic 1930’s sandstone facade, and constructing a 14,000-square-foot precast-concrete addition, featuring a 2,600-square-foot gallery—large enough to accommodate Do Ho Suh’s 24-foot-diamater Some/One—and extensive glazing cantilevering over and connecting with Volunteer Park.

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