Like any other form of art, whether it is painting, music or fashion design, architecture is dependent on current trends. People want their structures to incorporate the latest and greatest advances in architectural design, but maintain a classic sense that will ensure the look is in, no matter what year it is.
As technology and mindsets have advanced, so has architecture. Here are some of the current, more popular trends in architectural design:
We live in a world that is more environmentally conscious than ever. This urge to protect Mother Nature extends to architecture, and more architects are trying incorporate eco-friendly items into their designs, including selecting materials that don’t leave much of a carbon footprint. These items include:
- Efficient use of land and energy
- Storm water filtration
- Waste-product reduction
- Native landscape use
- Minimal disruption of the habitat
With these healthier designs, architects can help make those occupying the structure more comfortable and healthier by indoor air quality enhancements, increased connections to the outside environment, improved acoustics and introducing more sources to daylight.
Maybe it’s a reaction to the Great Recession, but homeowners are looking to simplify their lives, including their homes. While glitz and glamour used to be very popular architectural features, more are opting for a more honest form of architecture, and having interior designs that focus on clean lines, little to no embellishments and natural finishes.
This “architectural honesty” extends to the size of the home. With the bloat of large-scale homes, more buyers are choosing something a little smaller, and medium-sized houses have become less popular among prospective homeowners.
Modern architecture isn’t just about how good the final result looks; it’s about presenting new ways of thinking. Architects are able to accomplish this by applying scientific and analytical methods while making the buildings. In doing so, they should be able to reflect complex technical problems in 20th Century house designs. It’s about presenting something that is not only beautiful, but natural in every aspect of construction.
Whatever you want from your new home, remember that while it should incorporate modern design elements, but it also needs to be timeless. You want this structure to be long-lasting, so don’t just opt for the “latest and greatest” trends. This will be the home where you possibly raise your family, so make sure it’s something that can be enjoyed by everyone living there and that you choose the architect who can do the job you want.