A Berlin cinema gets a vibrant facelift, the world’s largest greenhouse will soon be unveiled, and the U.S. moves closer to reopening. All that and more in this week’s Five on Friday.

U.S. airports get busier as COVID cases drop

Photo by Michael Gaida/Pixabay

As the vaccine rollout in the U.S. continues, travel is on the rise across the country, reports the Wall Street Journal. This past Sunday, Mother’s Day, saw over 1.7 million people navigating the nation’s airports. Restaurants are benefiting as well, with Open Table reporting that seated diners at reopened eateries available on their app reaching 2019 levels.

New York City homeless reflect on living in hotel rooms amid the pandemic

New York City; photo by Jo Wiggijo/Pixabay

When COVID-19 made New York a hot spot in April 2020, homeless shelters mostly shuttered in favor of housing people in need in hotels that were no longer accepting guests. The City caught up with several of these occupants a year later, including Jeff Wolfard. “Living in a hotel has been a real confidence boost,” he said. “Being here is what made the difference.”

Historic Berlin cinema gets a colorful restoration

Photo by Marcus Wend

Housed in an 1870 building, the historic Blauer Stern cinema in Berlin has undergone a significant refurbishment courtesy of local firm Batek Architekten. According to Dezeen, the designers employed neon lights to reference the foyer’s original moldings, while deep red velvet-clad seating complements the red walls. In the theaters, colorful fabrics cover the walls in floral patterns and cloud-like motifs.

World’s largest greenhouse offers first look at Venice Architecture Biennale

The Coldefy & Associés-designed Tropicalia greenhouse will begin construction in 2024; rendering by Octav Tirziu

Set to be constructed in 2024 in northern France, Tropicalia, with a design from Coldefy & Associés, will become the largest greenhouse under a single dome on the planet once it’s completed, reports designboom. Measuring more than 215,000 square feet and nearly 115 feet tall, the greenhouse on the Côte d’Opale in northern France will accommodate exotic plants, birds, butterflies, fish, and reptiles. It is conceived to integrate with its environment without internal load-bearing columns. The exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale will feature architectural models, drawings, and videos of the proposed tropical greenhouse.

Nominations now being accepted for HDAC’s first-annual Awards of Excellence

Hospitality Design has expanded the HD Awards program to include the presentation of new award given by the newly formed Hospitality Diversity Action Council.  The first-annual honor is focused on professional excellence; promotion of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; and affecting change in the hospitality industry. Entries for the new awards are due by June 23rd, with the winner to be honored September 21st, 2021 at the HD Awards ceremony in New York. Nominations and more information is available here.

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