Museums grab the headlines and private homes pay the bills, but for architects, hotels are a unique way to let the audience get up close and personal with the work.
Don't believe us? Try spending the night at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao or Philip Johnson's Glass House, and let us know how it goes.
Here are our 10 favorite Tablet hotels which double as modern marvels.
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Though the concept is inspired by ancient Chinese hospitality, Beijing’s <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/The-Opposite-House-Hotel/Beijing-Hotels-China/103877" target="_hplink">Opposite House</a>, by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is as modern a hotel as any we’ve seen.
It takes an impressive building to compete with the scenery at Tasmania’s Coles Bay, and the stingray-shaped main lodge at <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Saffire-Freycinet-Hotel/Coles-Bay-Hotels-Tasmania-Australia/115549" target="_hplink">Saffire Freycinet</a> does its best to rise to the challenge.
Karl-Heinz Schommer’s striking wave-shaped structure and Marcel Wanders’s whimsical neo-baroque interiors combine to create the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Kameha-Grand-Hotel/Bonn-Hotels-Germany/110501" target="_hplink">Kameha Grand</a>, a luxury hotel for the next century.
Ricardo Legorreta’s, <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/La-Purificadora-Hotel/Puebla-Hotels-Mexico/64705" target="_hplink">La Purificadora</a>, 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.
The Brazilian-born Campana brothers mix hyper-modern forms with favela-inspired salvage installations, radically transforming the interior of Athens’s <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/New-Hotel/Hotels-Athens-Greece/115661" target="_hplink">New Hotel</a>.
It’s no longer the new kid on the block, but <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Claska-Hotel/Tokyo-Hotels-Japan/4211" target="_hplink">Claska</a>, out in Tokyo’s creative-focused Meguro district, is still a pilgrimage site for design groupies and boutique-hotel junkies.
Northern California's Sonoma Valley finally comes of age: the <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/h2hotel/Napa-Sonoma-Valleys-Hotels-California-USA/112251" target="_hplink">h2Hotel</a> in the Northern California wine country leaves Tuscan villas and Provençal farmhouses as nothing but a distant memory.
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 <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/The-Conservatorium-Hotel-Amsterdam/Amsterdam-Hotels-Netherlands/116007" target="_hplink">Conservatorium Hotel</a>.
The <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Hotel-Americano/New-York-City-Hotels-New-York-USA/115957" target="_hplink">Hotel Americano</a>’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.
When you've journeyed to the end of the earth, a man-made monument would feel out of place. <a href="http://www.tablethotels.com/Remota-Hotel/Puerto-Natales-Hotels-Patagonia-Chile/63975" target="_hplink">Remota</a>, by German del Sol, is modern architecture at its most self-effacing.
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