No. 1. Firm: François Champsaur. Site: Deauville, France. Idea: Around the auctioneer’s station in Arqana’s yearling sales ring, slats are Douglas fir. A revamped Arqana, the 37,750-square-foot Deauville facility where France’s finest thoroughbred yearlings are offered at auction, presents the horses as an exclusive and luxurious product on display under dramatic lighting and black-painted ceilings. Photo by Nicolas Mathéus.
No. 2. Firm: Martín Lejarraga Arquitecto. Site: Cartagena, Spain. Idea: At Terminal de Cruceros, Terminal de Cruceros comprises a dozen curvaceous, open-air pavilions stretching along 120,000 square feet of a concrete pier. They provide shelter and immigration facilities for arriving passengers, while ceramic mosaics covering the pavilions’ concrete roofs are abstractions of aquatic life. Photo by David Frutos.
No. 3. Firm: Alex Cochrane Architects. Site: London, U.K. Idea: To give customers a place to rest and recuperate during extended buying expeditions at the London flagship of Selfridges & Co, the Silence Room offers 2,500 meditative square feet at the end of a dimly lit corridor. Photo by Andrew Meredith.
No. 7. Firm: Harrison Atelier. Site: Brooklyn, NY. Idea: Inspired by Timothy Pachirat’s book, Every Twelve Seconds, the performance “Veal” combined music, dance, video, sculpture, and sets to cattle-prod vegetative minds into reassessing their relationship to the meat industry. Photo by Ben Louis Nicholas.
No. 8. Firm: David Stark. Site: Washington DC. Idea: Art in Embassies, a U.S. department of state program, promotes cross-cultural dialogue through the visual arts. For AIE’s 50th anniversary, the event designer transformed a 26,000-square-foot courtyard at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington into fête central. Photo by: Heidi Ehalt.
No. 27. Firm: Laidlaw Shultz Architects. Site: Corona Del Mar, CA. Idea: The 1949 Port Theater was reopened and renovated with steel facade panels, punched and painted inky purple on the front, hot magenta on the back. Thanks to a mirror wall behind the perforations, passersby glimpse themselves as flickering, quasi-cinematic reflections. Photo by John Ellis.
No. 28. Firm: MaRS. Site: Houston, TX. Idea: Houston natives Kelie Mayfield and Erick Magni of MaRs created an intimate space within a cavernous convention hall for the VIP lounge at the 2012 Texas Contemporary Art Fair—and they’ve been hired again for 2013. Photo by Eric Laignel.
No. 40. Firm: WXY Architecture + Urban Design. Site: New York, NY. Idea: A chambered nautilus inspired the steel-framed pavilion for SeaGlass Carousel, which will have smart-glass panels that change from clear to an opaque cobalt blue, simulating a descent to the ocean floor for riders. Photo courtesy of WXY Architecture + Urban Design.
No. 45. Firm: Timothy Paul Myers. Site: New York, NY. Idea: In "Adrift" at the Masters & Pelavin gallery, Myers takes us back in time by turning old postcards, photographic slides, and other artifacts into artworks that offer glimpses of long-lost private worlds. Photo by Beth Whitman.
No. 49. Firm: David Adamo. Site: Berlin, Germany. Idea: For a solo show at the MD 72 gallery, this artist arranged thousands of pieces of chalk in a meticulous herringbone pattern for Untitled (Bâtons Rompus), creating three rooms’ worth of parquet— and a window into an obsessive mind. Photo courtesy of David Adamo and MD 72.
No. 50. Firm: Servo. Site: Los Angeles, CA. Idea: Comprising glass pendant fixtures, porous ceramic tiles, and “algae” made of cablewire, "Aqueotrope" at SCI-Arc’s gallery addressed roof-scapes as sites for the development of architectural systems that integrate organic matter. Photo by Joshua White.
No. 56. Firm: HOK. Site: Los Angeles, CA. Idea: At the Youth Center on Highland, an annex to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, furniture, finishes, and artworks in the rainbow-flag palette encourage and empower residents. Photo by Eric Laignel.
No. 69. Firm: Rockwell Group. Site: Haiti, Bengladesh. Idea: P.L.A.Y., UNICEF's portable playground for children living in disaster recovery areas and extreme poverty, is currently a pilot program in Haiti and Bangladesh. Photo by Marco Dormino.