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Top 100 Giants 2017: Which Recent Project Is Most Inspiring?

Firm: NBBJ. Project: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2011. Site: Seattle. Standout: Although the focus of this philanthropy is global, reception's alder cladding and Marie Watt's 14-foot stack of repurposed blankets were sourced locally. Photography by Sean Airhart/NBBJ.

Firm: HOK. Project: Pritzker Group, 2015. Site: Los Angeles. Standout: Bold colors abound-even in the pantry, where vinyl flooring flows beneath a Gary Lang acrylic on canvas. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Firm: Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Project: Carpe Diem, 2013. Site: Paris. Standout: The faceted aluminum-and-glass facades rise 35 stories above geothermal wells that extend nearly as far below to serve as the building's main energy source. Photography by Peter Aaron/OTTO.

Firm: DLR Group. Project: T3, 2016. Site: Minneapolis. Standout: The lobby's canopy introduces beetle-kill Douglas fir, a material used throughout the multistory office building. Photography by Ema Peter.

Firm: TPG Architecture. Project: MullenLowe, 2015. Site: Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Standout: Existing concrete ceiling and columns in the 1926 former tobacco-processing plant were scraped, glass-blasted, and sealed for an industrial vibe. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Project: JT International, 2015. Site: Geneva. Standout: Powder-coated aluminum panels commissioned from artist Liam Gillick enliven the main staircase at the 400,000-square-foot headquarters, a Best of Year winner for Large Corporate Office. Photography by Hufton + Crow.

Firm: Huntsman Architectural Group. Project: 301 Howard Street, 2016. Site: San Francisco. Standout: Gentle waves in the custom benches of steam-bent white oak and the drywall ceiling coves nod to the city's bay shoreline. Photography by David Wakely.

Firm: Perkins + Will. Project: Newell Rubbermaid, 2014. Site: Kalamazoo, Michigan. Standout: A clear-finished ash canopy descends to front a row of labs, scaling down the IIDA Award winner's 24-foot ceiling. Photography by Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing.

Firm: Ryan Young Interiors. Project: Enclave at Yorba Linda, 2016. Site: California. Standout: Crystal chandeliers illuminate the imperial staircase of hardwood, glass, and stainless steel in a gated community's 5,600-square-foot model home. Photography by Chris Mayer.

Firm: Marc-Michaels Docservis. Project: House, 2016. Site: Manalapan, Florida. Standout: Geometric patterning of the Greek marble floor tile is the foyer's statement, the bronzed stair railing its complement. Photography by Ed Butera.

Firm: M Moser Associates. Project: Tough Mudder, 2014. Site: Brooklyn, New York. Standout: Aiming for rugged yet polished, an acrylic linear pendant fixture recalls an I beam, chairs are steel, and the table is reclaimed walnut planks. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Firm: Yabu Pushelberg. Project: London Edition, 2013. Site: London. Standout: In the lobby, backlit mirrors with silver-leafed arches unite the contemporary blackened steel bar with restored plaster molding from the 19th century. Photography by Richard Powers.

Firm: Environetics. Project: Year Up, 2015. Site: New York. Standout: Echoing the nonprofit’s ethos of flexibility and transparency, a glass storefront system runs behind a training room featuring retractable walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Firm: HMC Architects. Project: First People's Hospital of Shunde, 2017. Site: Foshan, China. Standout: Extruded aluminum fins will shade the main entrance of this complex, where buildings can be independently quarantined during an epidemic. Photography courtesy of HMC Architects.

Firm: Gensler. Project: Hyundai Capital Services, 2016. Site: Seoul, South Korea. Standout: Defining the 2016 Best of Year winner for Small Corporate Office, an expanse of white acoustical plaster outfitted with recessed LEDs yields a run of glowing arches. Photography by Nacása & Partners.

Firm: Studios Architecture. Project: Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, 2014. Site: Washington. Standout: A long-vacant TV studio was transformed into an airy learning space with terrazzo, engineered oak, and glass. Photography by Bruce Damonte.

Firm: SmithGroup JJR. Project: University of Pennsylvania Stephen A. Levin Building, 2016. Site: Philadelphia. Standout: LEDs shine through perforated white oak panels above the life-sciences center’s terrazzo staircase. Photography by Alan Karchmer.

Firm: ZGF Architects. Project: Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, 2012. Site: Portland, Oregon. Standout: Channeling the healing force of nature, a hallway gallery was transformed into a forest of pine logs. Photography by Nick Merrick/Hedrich Blessing.

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