Santa Clara, CA
Designed by global architecture firm Gensler, Nvidia's Endeavor project is based on a giant triangle, the fundamental building block of computer graphics. The new Santa Clara, CA campus was to be completed in late 2017, but it looks pretty much finished in the video above as toured by Jake Zeeman, who was granted access to the new building and recorded his walkthrough on YouTube.
The two-story headquarters will span 500,000 square feet of open environments, accommodate 2,500 employees, and provide two levels of underground parking. Oversized platforms replace stairways as vertical connectors. The sculptural roof is a treat to see from above, which in combination with skylights bring ample daylight into the building. Nvidia certainly intended to make its mark in the Silicon Valley landscape.
World Trade Center Memorial & Museum
New York, NY
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.