In 2016, the best architects rethought everything.
They transformed familiar building types like skyscrapers, offices, and museums.
They resurrected once-neglected materials like brick and plywood.
They tweaked expected features like skylights and balconies.
And they found novel ways to fuse structures with their surroundings, carving out new public spaces, inserting contemporary forms into historic fabrics, and merging buildings with landscapes.
Some of the very best designs were sequels—extensions to existing structures, reuses of historic buildings, or painstaking renovations.