No. 23. Firm: Paul C. Dominguez Architect. Site: New York, NY. Idea: The Out NYC markets itself as Manhattan’s first openly gay hotel. Rather than pander to stereotypes, however, the architects aimed at making the 105-room urban resort “straight-friendly”— restaurant, trendy dance club, spa, and all. Photo by Magna Biernat.
No. 26. Firm: El Equipo Creativo. Site: Barcelona, Spain. Idea: The 2,700-square-foot interior of Ikibana restaurant references Japanese flower-arranging, using all parts of a plant to emphasize line and form: petal-shape tables, decorative foliage and a canopy of sinuous hardwood “branches.” Photo by Adrià Goula.
No. 33. Firm: Juli Capella; Core Group. Site: Washington, DC. Idea: Chef José Andrés partners again with fellow Spaniard and friend, architect Capella, for this experimental cocktail bar focusing on dualities: contemporary and classic, man and woman, edgy libations and comfortable furnishings. Photo by Ken Wyner.
No. 36. Firm: AS Design Service. Site: Hong Kong, China. Idea: To refresh three outposts of Yoshinoya, a popular fast-food chain with 1,700 branches worldwide, the idea of a modern home inspired simple yellow house-frame shapes above the main dining area, surrounding the menu board, in signage, and at the service and pick-up windows. Photo by Sum Sing.
No. 52. Firm: Site. Site: Las Vegas, NV. Idea: At Las Vegas' new Denny's, intertwining golden bands, actually painted aluminum, signal a first for the nationwide chain—it's a diner and a wedding chapel—and symbolize the revitalization of the city's downtown. Photo courtesy of Site.
No. 55. Firm: EDG. Site: San Francisco, CA. Idea: For DIFFA's Dining By Design, pleated plastic panels were held together by zip ties and slotted into an OSB platform for stability—all with today's young, mobile chefs in mind. Photo by César Rubio.
No. 57. Firm: DAS Architects. Site: Philadelphia, PA. Idea: "Honest Eating" is the slogan at the fast-casual Honeygrow chain, where touch-screen menus inform customers of their selection's environmental impact, and walls are clad in locally sourced white pine. Photo by Paul Bartholomew.
No. 71. Firm: Stonehill & Taylor Architects. Site: Minneapolis, MN. Idea: Responding to a sustainability pledge made at the 2012 Futuregreen Hospitality Forum, all the furniture and finishes chosen for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis' renovation were produced within 500 miles. Photo by Peter Pierce.