Firm: HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates. Project: Alpina Gstaad, 2012. Site: Switzerland. Standout: Surrounded by timber reclaimed from Swiss chalets, the hotel's lobby columns are wrapped in embossed leather for understated luxury. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Firm: CBT Architects. Project: Brown Rudnick, 2004. Site: Boston. Standout. The law firm went wildly graphic in reception with a Sol LeWitt mural, then accented it with a Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe daybed. Photography by Ed Jacoby.
Firm: DB&B. Project: Shanghai World Expo, 2014. Site: Shanghai. Standout: Trade-show pavilions were transformed into a 300,000-square-foot business center with a triple-height lobby and correspondingly supersize pendant fixtures. Photography courtesy of DB&B.
Firm: Lawrence Group. Project: Park Pacific Apartments, 2011. Site: St. Louis. Standout: The Missouri Pacific Railroad headquarters was converted into an apartment building, the lobby's coffered ceiling and terrazzo flooring restored to their 1920's splendor. Photography by Sam Fentress.
Firm: IA Interior Architects. Project: Grupo Bancolombia, 2009. Site: Medellín, Colombia. Standout: Contemporary art appears not just in boardrooms but in almost all areas of a steel and concrete office-tower complex connected by skywalks. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Firm: Wilson Associates. Project: Armani Hotel Dubai, 2010. Site: United Arab Emirates. Standout: A canopy in burnished aluminum defining a gray-scale seating vignette embodies the brand's tailored opulence. Photography courtesy of Armani Hotels & Resorts.
Firm: Space Matrix Design Consultants. Project: Suzlon Energy, 2008. Site: Pune, India. Standout: Spread across 10 acres, the office campus recycles every drop of water used, granting it one of the highest LEED Platinum ratings in the world. Photography by Owen Raggett.
Firm: Kasian Architecture Docservis & Planning. Project: Vancouver International Airport, 2009. Site: Richmond, British Columbia. Standout: Six stories of curving glass reinforce a visual connection to the landscape while linking the airport’s main terminal to a rapid-transit rail. Photography by Michael Sherman.
Firm: Daroff Design. Project: Comcast Center, 2008. Site: Philadelphia. Standout: A glass stair is as light and translucent as the crystalline curtain wall of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects tower that encloses it. Photography by Tim Griffith.
Firms: AECOM (with Roth Sheppard Architects). Project: Los Angeles Police Department, 2009. Site: Los Angeles. Standout: Like a beacon, the building's diagonal geometry encourages the public to pass through the heart of the site, which lies below. Photography by Peter Paige.
Firm: CallisonRTKL. Project: Nordstrom, 2016. Site: Seattle. Standout: A chic remodel of the flagship's wedding suite includes custom étagères and hand-painted wall coverings. Photography by Connie Zhou.
Firm: Vocon. Project: Calfee Building, 2011. Site: Cleveland. Standout: After marking time as a parking garage, the landmark Rockwell Building and its 1915 lobby have been restored to their original glory. Photography by Maguire Photo.
Firm: Spector Group. Project: Deutsch, 2015. Site: New York. Standout: Upholstery on an array of modernist seating provides a lively foil to a palette otherwise dominated by concrete, epoxy, and painted steel. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Firm: Ted Moudis Associates. Project: Initiative, 2015. Site: New York. Standout: A pop of citrus paint explodes through the advertising agency's reception, echoing the kinetic nature of the company logo rendered in string. Photography by Magda Biernat.
Firm: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson. Project: Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, 2012. Site: Minneapolis. Standout: Behind the split-face granite facade, light plays against dark and rough plays against smooth-a mix that offers dignity and serenity. Photography by Paul Crosby.
Firms: Baskervill (with Madge Bemiss Architect). Project: Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 2016. Site: Richmond. Standout: The former armory's 1895 brick walls retain the hodgepodge of materials added over time, a metaphor of perseverance. Photography by Ansel Olsen.
Firm: HDR. Project: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, 2015. Site: United Arab Emirates. Standout: A Zen garden punctuates the lobby, giving human scale to a space in contrast with the grand proportions of its architecture. Photography by Dave Burk.
Firm: HLW International. Project: Red Bull, 2005. Site: Los Angeles. Standout: A wave of resin-infused paper sweeps through the building into ints courtyard, a branding move centered around SoCal surf and skate culture. Photography by Benny Chan/Fotoworks.
Firm: HOK. Project: BBC, 2013. Site: London. Standout: Consolidating 5,000 staffers, the workplace emphasizes flexibility with over 100 meeting rooms and touchdown areas, café settings that double as break-out areas. Photography by Hufton + Crow.
Firm: ASD. Project: Team Disney, 1991. Site: Orlando, Florida. Standout: Custom furnishings were upholstered in leather, aniline-dyed to complement the silver and gray architectural palette throughout, established by Arata Isozaki & Associates. Photography by George Cott.
Firm: Page Southerland Page. Project: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 2015. Site: Texas. Standout: The pattern of the roof's structural steel mirrors the radial nature of passenger movement below. Photography by Tim Griffith.
Firm: Corgan. Project: Dallas Love Field, 2014. Site: Dallas. Standout: Polycarbonate signage bolted to aluminum panels are part of the modernization and expansion of the 1958 Southwest Airlines Co. terminal and headquarters. Photography courtesy of Corgan.