Puerto Natales, Chile
When you've journeyed to the end of the earth, a man-made monument would feel out of place. Remota, by German del Sol, is modern architecture at its most self-effacing.
New York, New York
The Americano’s simple white interiors recall those of its Chelsea art gallery neighbors, but the gleaming metal screen that covers its face is anything but minimal.
Amsterdam’s historic music conservatory retains its classic façade, but inside it’s been totally re-imagined, put to new use as the ultra-modern Conservatorium Hotel.
Sonoma Valley, California
Northern California's Sonoma Valley finally comes of age: this modern classic in the Northern California wine country leaves Tuscan villas and Provençal farmhouses as nothing but a distant memory.
It’s no longer the new kid on the block, but Claska, out in Tokyo’s creative-focused Meguro district, is still a pilgrimage site for design groupies and boutique-hotel junkies.
New Hotel Athens
The Brazilian-born Campana brothers mix hyper-modern forms with favela-inspired salvage installations, radically transforming the interior of Athens’s New Hotel.
Ricardo Legorreta’s modernist makeover of a 19th-century water processing plant is one of Puebla’s new architectural wonders, with a rooftop pool that’s not to be missed.
Karl-Heinz Schommer’s striking wave-shaped structure and Marcel Wanders’s whimsical neo-baroque interiors combine to create a luxury hotel for the next century.
It takes an impressive building to compete with the scenery at Tasmania’s Coles Bay, and the stingray-shaped main lodge at Saffire Freycinet does its best to rise to the challenge.
Though the concept is inspired by ancient Chinese hospitality, Beijing’s Opposite House, by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is as modern a hotel as any we’ve seen.