Constitution Square: No piece of construction has defined NoMa as a neighborhood more than this massive new mixed-use development, which reads less like one building than a bunch of them squished together. It's attractive from pretty much every angle: The rooftop pool, the bustling corner created by a grocery store, the smaller storefronts for other restaurants that are finally drawing people to this brand-new submarket.
It's easy to complain about downtown's uninspired, Height-Act-flattened boxy office buildings. And much of the disdain is deserved. But there are a good number of really excellent buildings downtown as well--so after a bit of trashing, we'll move on to some examples.