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The New York Public Library’s Rose Room Is Ready to Reopen

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With its oak tables, lofty ceilings, and sprawling walls of books, the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library is a reader’s paradise. After a two-year renovation, Curbed NY reports, the library is preparing the historic space for its grand reopening on October 5.

The room has been closed to the public since one of its plaster rosettes broke from the ceiling in 2014. After seeing that the rosette would need to be replaced, the library decided to take the opportunity to revamp the entire area. Professionals from Tishman Construction, EverGreene Architectural Arts, and WJE Architects & Engineers were commissioned to modernize the space.

Visitors will need to look up to notice the biggest improvements: Each chandelier has been cleaned and their old light bulbs removed in favor of LEDs. All 900 rosettes adorning the 52-foot-tall ceiling have been reinforced, and after concluding that the mural had “sustained irreparable damage," it’s been replaced with a replica from EverGreene. The below photo provides a glimpse of the new look.

The Rose Room has welcomed generations of bookworms since the opening of the library’s General Research Division in 1911. For bibliophiles looking to see the space’s 21st century makeover in person, the New York Public Library will be offering daily tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. following the October 5 reopening.

[h/t Curbed NY]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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