1. Firm: Mancini.Duffy
Site: New York
Standout: Near the studio where the company shoots its online cycling classes, the bikes’ angularity contrasts with the mushroom tops of the office’s cast-iron columns.
2. Firm: 4A Architekten
Project: Freizeitbad Stegermatt
Site: Offenburg, Germany
Standout: This aquatics center’s galvanized, varnished steel staircase and mosaic-clad concrete seating energize in red, while the rolling overhead surface of pine slats soothes.
3. Firm: CannonDesign
Project: Jacobs Medical Center
Site: La Jolla, California
Standout: Pewlike benches sweep up from the Serenity Room’s engineered wood floor, toward a ceiling in lime plaster shaped by hand to accommodate the heavenly glow of LEDs.
4. Firm: Plano Humano Arquitectos
Project: Chapel of Our Lady of Fátima
Site: Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal
Standout: At a National Scouts Center, an open structure in pine and zinc reaches skyward 30 feet, letting the summer sunset approach the granite altar.