Hotels with adventurous spirits lead the way:
1. Firm: Team Bldg
Project: Hotel Wind
Site: Xiamen, China
Standout: Flowing through a glass-sided well, rainwater descends from the roof, through the guest levels, to reach a pool in the lobby.
2. Firm: UDS
Project: Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
Standout: Though the onetime red-light district, out the windows, may now be tame, the interior’s pop-art graphics and tartan-covered sofas are anything but.
3. Firm: Alfonso Architects
Project: Streamsong Resort
Site: Bowling Green, Florida
Standout: Concrete columns that lift this hotel off the ground pay homage to the petrified stumps bearing witness to the region’s primeval landscape.
4. Firm: Studio Aisslinger
Project: 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
Standout: The murals, rendered in felt-tip pen, are either by a wall-climbing robot or by a garden-variety, human artist.
5. Firm: Christopher C. Deam
Project: AKA Beverly Hills
Site: Southern California
Standout: Hotel guests can hit nearby beaches in an Airstream outfitted with Trina Turk’s effervescent bar accessories, pillows, and towels.