new york: ar­chi­tec­tural Heaven

THE Big ap­ple is made for lovers of de­sign. HERE is a de­light­ful itin­er­ary that avoids THE usual sus­pects

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Whit­ney Mu­seum

Even a col­lec­tion of works by cel­e­brated Amer­i­can artists in­clud­ing Jasper Johns, Ed­ward Hop­per, and Cindy Sher­man can some­times be over­shad­owed by the beauty of the Whit­ney Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art. It’s been a lit­tle over two years since the mu­seum opened at its new Renzo Pi­ano-de­signed build­ing on Gan­sevoort Street in the Meat­pack­ing Dis­trict, and it’s still so easy to lose your­self as you go from floor to floor view­ing col­lec­tions in­doors—and out—all jux­ta­posed against stun­ning Hud­son River views. A far cry from its for­mer (and fairly com­pact) premises on the Up­per East Side, the new Whit­ney is a mar­vel of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and one that you’ll want to linger in all day. whit­ney.org

abc Kitchen

Snag­ging a reser­va­tion at this farm-to-ta­ble restau­rant in the Flat­iron Dis­trict is an art in it­self—but it makes sense, given ABC Kitchen has won the James Beard Award and its ex­cel­lent fare is served in an airy en­vi­ron­ment fea­tur­ing nat­u­ral woods and 17th-cen­tury chan­de­liers. And here’s the kicker: al­most ev­ery­thing you see in­side chef Jean-georges Von­gerichten’s high­end restau­rant—from the place set­tings to those gor­geous Ital­ian chan­de­liers—can be pur­chased next door at its sis­ter de­sign store, ABC Home.

ab­chome.com/dine/abc-kitchen

Sézane

The Paris im­port, fa­mous for its af­ford­able cap­sule col­lec­tions, has just opened its first store in New York (in Nolita, to be ex­act). Any­one who’s de­sign­in­clined will en­joy pop­ping by the El­iz­a­beth Street lo­ca­tion to peep at more than just the clothes. The French-in­spired space is part apart­ment, part bou­tique, with floor-to-ceil­ing built-in shelves and plush vel­vet seat­ing that en­cour­ages you to In­sta­gram first, shop next. There’s even a small cafe at the en­trance with pas­tries served up by Soho-based bak­ery Ma­man. Each cor­ner is its own in­ti­mate de­sign vi­gnette—and one that feels like it’s part of an ele­gant Parisian home.

sezane.com

1 Ho­tel Brook­lyn Bridge

Lo­cated at the foot of the Brook­lyn Bridge and right in the heart of the newly de­signed Brook­lyn Bridge Park, the 1 Ho­tel might pro­vide the best sky­line views in all five New York City bor­oughs— and you don’t need a room key to check them out. The 3,475-square-foot rooftop bar is open to all and af­fords de­sign lovers the op­por­tu­nity to check out the sus­tain­able, na­ture-cen­tric ho­tel (the work of INC Ar­chi­tec­ture & De­sign) up close. Once in­side, you’ll find a slew of eco-mo­ments and textured de­tails in the midst of re­claimed wood, green­ery, and stone. The beauty of the space is its seam­less in­te­gra­tion with its sur­rounds—in this case the his­tor­i­cal East River wharfs it looks out on.

1ho­tels.com/brook­lyn-bridge

the ocu­lus

The US$4 bil­lion World Trade Cen­tre Trans­porta­tion Hub, which opened in 2016, is the most ex­pen­sive train sta­tion in the world—and pos­si­bly the most pho­tographed build­ing in New York. And while it’s easy to gasp at the cost, any­one with an eye for de­sign will also gasp at the cen­tre­piece of the San­ti­ago Cala­trava-de­signed hub: the Ocu­lus, an el­lip­ti­cal dome formed from curved steel ribs ris­ing 50 me­tres into the air, in­tended to look like a dove in flight. It’s the scale of the space that makes it so jaw-drop­ping, not to men­tion the fact that 50,000 com­muters pass through it each day, an ar­chi­tec­tural master­piece that’s as func­tional as it is grandiose.

www.wtc.com

new Sights Clock­wise from left Soar­ing space at the Ocu­lus; like what you see at ABC Kitchen? You can buy it next door; Sézane in Nolita; phe­nom­e­nal views of the Hud­son River from the Whit­ney Mu­seum

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