Notable designers and architects share their picks for the most iconic interiors since 2000.

Great interior design does more than fill a space – it can inspire awe and transcend time. To prove this point, Metropolis magazine asked leading practitioners their top picks for the most stunning interiors created in the last 16 years. What do their selections have in common? Clean lines, eclectic sensibilities, and equal attention to form and function. Here are four highlights from Metropolis’ curated list of the 10 best interior designs:

  • World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York (2001), by Santiago Calatrava. “As controversial as this project may be, New York City has long been overdue for an iconic space,” says Lionel Ohayon, founder and CEO, ICRAVE.
  • Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio (2006), by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA. “The exterior and many of the interior walls are made entirely of glass, and most of them are curved. Tokyo-based firm SANAA has demonstrated the capacity to design and build the impossible,” says Piero Lissoni, cofounder, Lissoni Associati.
  • Nanchang Insun International Cinema in Nanchang, China (2013), by One Plus Partnership Limited. “You become one on set, ready for your close-up in this intensely powerful theater lobby,” says David Galullo, CEO and executive creative director, Rapt Studio.
  • Seattle Central Library Branch in Washington (2004), by OMA and LMN. “The Seattle Public Library broke the mold on space, sequence, light, form, and graphics with a distinctly modern interior that united a cross section of a city while creating a people-centered place focused on function, usability, and a bit of fun,” says Tom Krizmanic, principal, STUDIOS Architecture.

Want to see what other iconic spaces made the cut? Find the full list at Metropolis magazine.